Easy Homemade Gingerbread Latte Recipe for the Holidays

The holiday season is just the time of year that coffee lovers start to crave some festive drinks. One of the drinks that is quite high on many people’s lists is a gingerbread latte.

You can of course go to your favorite coffee shop, or you can make this festive latte for yourself. These days I’ve come to prefer the latter.

Of course, I like the occasional visit to a coffee shop, but making my own latte every morning has become one of my favorite things to do. It’s just so much fun playing around with coffee recipes.

Gingerbread Syrup Recipe

To make a really good and cozy gingerbread latte, homemade syrup is a great idea. Here is a great recipe for gingerbread latte syrup.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons molasses
  4. 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps

  1. ​Add the granulated sugar and water to a small saucepan.
  2. ​Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the molasses, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves to the saucepan.
  4. Bring to a gentle simmer before reducing the heat.
  5. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat.
  6. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract.
  7. Let it cool for a few minutes and then strain through a cheesecloth.

Homemade Gingerbread Latte Recipe

​Now for the easy recipe with the simple ingredients that I promised you.

Ingredients

  1. 1 shot of espresso
  2. ​1 cup whole milk
  3. 2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup
  4. ground nutmeg to sprinkle on top (optional)

A Note on the Coffee Used

​I like espresso and always recommend Starbucks’s Pike Place roast because it is really amazing.

If you do not have an espresso machine, you can always use strong brewed coffee made with a Moka Pot or AeroPress.

I wouldn’t use a French press or drip coffee for this recipe. Although both of these methods can be used to brew strong coffee, the concentrated coffee of espresso works better in this case. I’d rather use instant espresso such as Nescafé Gold Instant Espresso.

Some Thoughts On Milk

I like using regular milk, whole milk in particular because it froths really well. However, you can really use the milk that you prefer.

You even get barista versions of non-dairy milk that have been made to froth well. These kinds of milk include oat milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.

Steps

  1. ​Pull a shot of espresso.
  2. Mix the espresso and syrup in a coffee mug.
  3. Froth the milk with a steam wand, handheld frother or any other method that you like.
  4. Pour the steamed milk over the syrup and coffee mixture.
  5. Sprinkle a little bit of ground nutmeg over to top it off.

Variations on a Gingerbread Latte

Whipped Cream

I feel like whipped cream always makes a drink more festive. Add some canned or fresh whipped cream on top of your drink for some added creaminess.

Gingerbread Cookie Sprinkle

​Crush some gingerbread and sprinkle it over your latte. This works especially well on top of some whipped cream, but I also like it without the whipped cream.

Iced Gingerbread Latte

​Some people, like me, live in countries where it is summer during the holiday season. It is then that an iced version of a gingerbread latte is just the thing to make.

Here are the steps to make an iced gingerbread latte:

  1. Pull a shot of espresso.
  2. Mix the espresso and gingerbread syrup in a glass.
  3. Add some coffee ice cubes and 200ml milk to the glass.
  4. Froth 50ml milk (cold froth)
  5. Pour the frothed milk over the coffee, syrup, and ice mixture.

Of course, you can use normal ice cubes, but as they melt they water down your drink. This is not the case with coffee ice cubes.

Gingerbread Latte in a white mug.

Gingerbread Latte

This spicy and cozy latte is perfect for relaxing during the holidays in front of the fire with your beloved.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Assembly 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 219 kcal

Ingredients
  

Gingerbread Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Gingerbread Latte

  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup
  • ground nutmeg to sprinkle on top (optional)

Instructions
 

Gingerbread Syrup

  • ​Add the granulated sugar and water to a small saucepan.
  • ​Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the molasses, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves to the saucepan.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer before reducing the heat.
  • Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat.
  • Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes and then strain through a cheesecloth.

Gingerbread Latte

  • ​Pull a shot of espresso.​
  • Mix the espresso and syrup in a coffee mug.
  • Froth the milk with a steam wand, handheld frother or any other method that you like.
  • Pour the steamed milk over the syrup and coffee mixture.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of ground nutmeg over to top it off.
Keyword Christmas, Latte

Other Holiday-Inspired Drinks

​If you are in the mood for holiday-inspired drinks, here are some other ideas for drinks that you can try.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Like a gingerbread latte, a pumpkin spice latte is part of the holiday spirit. Try making pumpkin spice syrup and make your own pumpkin spice latte.

Read the full recipe for a pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin spice latte in a white cup

Gingerbread Condensed Milk Coffee

Although this is not a drink that you will likely find in your local coffee shop. It is definitely worth a shot.

Read the full recipe for gingerbread condensed milk coffee.

Gingerbread condensed milk coffee in mug.

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