Last Updated on December 12, 2021 by laurenpacek
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These Gingerbread Lattes are warm, cozy, and delicious. They're like liquid gingerbread in a cup. Caffeinate yourself while embracing the flavors of the Winter season.
If you're like me, you may associate gingerbread and associated flavors with December and the Christmas season. While, yeah, this is a traditional time to consume gingerbread and gingerbread-related treats, please don't limit yourself to the month of December when it comes to sipping one of these delicious gingerbread lattes. They're so good, and are warming and tasty all winter long.
Table of contents
- What is a gingerbread latte?
- Actually, what is gingerbread??
- What is in a gingerbread latte?
- How to make a gingerbread latte at home
- Other coffee drinks on this blog
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Don't forget to follow me and share your creations on social media!
- What equipment should I have on hand?
- Pin this recipe for later!
What is a gingerbread latte?
A Gingerbread Latte starts out as a pretty standard latte (espresso + steamed milk). From there, you add an amazingly flavorful gingerbread syrup to the mix. This makes the drink taste just like warm gingerbread in a mug.
Actually, what is gingerbread??
Gingerbread is a pretty broad category of baked goods, usually flavored with spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger (of course). Much of its signature flavor is derived from those spices, but also from molasses.
The most recognizable gingerbread treat--at least in the United States and UK--is probably the gingerbread man. It's a cookie that's rolled out and cut into the shape of a cartoonish-looking person.
However, gingerbread and gingerbread-flavored treats can come in many forms: cookies (both moist and crispy), quick bread, muffins, bundt cakes, etc. AND of course, as evidenced by this recipe, gingerbread flavors can be enjoyed in a latte!
What is in a gingerbread latte?
- Espresso: Ideally, when making this recipe, you should use espresso made using an espresso machine. I have a Nespresso Vertuo, and love it. The next best option would probably be to use really strong coffee. After that, probably the least preferable alternative would be to use instant espresso.
- Gingerbread syrup: Two kinds of sugar, molasses, and warm gingerbread spices are used to make a simple syrup that tastes and smells just like gingerbread.
- Milk: You can pretty much use whatever type of milk you prefer. I've made this recipe using cow's milk and full fat oat milk (my personal preference), both to great success.
- Garnishes (optional): I know that I just said that these garnishes were optional, but come on, folks. You gotta add some whipped cream and a dusting of gingerbread spices to the top of your latte! You just gotta.
How to make a gingerbread latte at home
If you've ever made a regular latte, you can totally make a gingerbread latte. And you know what? Even if you've never made a latte before, you can totally nail this.
Start by brewing some espresso in a mug. Add some gingerbread syrup to the espresso.
Froth some milk (check out the FAQs if you have questions or want some tips) and pour that over the espresso and syrup.
THEN, if you're feeling extra (and you are, I just know it), top everything with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of gingerbread spices.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Not a problem! You have a couple of options: Use some really strong coffee (probably the next best choice if actual espresso isn't an option) or instant espresso (not the first recommended choice, but could work in a pinch).
Choose your own adventure1 I have used oat milk (Oatly full fat; my preference) and 2% cow's milk. Both have worked very well. Though I haven't tried it, I imagine that almond milk would work well, too. My one recommendation would be to consider avoiding cream and/or half and half, if only from a calorie perspective.
You have a number of options here. You can use a milk frother (like this one that came with my Nespresso), or this stick frother). If using a stick frother, you'll need to heat the milk before frothing. The one that comes with the Nespresso heats and froths at the same time. You can even use a French Press or a whisk! This post can tell you more.
I'd recommend it (because it's fantastic), but you could also probably use a pre-made gingerbread syrup. I haven't tried it, but Torani makes a gingerbread syrup. I've had luck with their syrups in other flavors, so I think that this would work well, too.
Yeah! You sure can. Follow the instructions in my Iced Latte recipe, adding the gingerbread syrup in Step 3.
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- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup water
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 shots espresso
- 3 tablespoons gingerbread syrup
- ½ cup milk, steamed
- whipped cream and gingerbread spices, for topping (optional)
To make the gingerbread syrup
- Add all of the ingredients to a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine.
- Bring everything to a simmer, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Turn off the heat and allow the syrup to cool completely.
- Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
To make the gingerbread latte
- Add the freshly brewed espresso and the gingerbread syrup to the bottom of a mug.
- Pour the steamed milk into the mug.
- Top everything with whipped cream and a dusting of gingerbread spices, if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 565Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 3gSugar: 65gProtein: 8g
What equipment should I have on hand?
- Ideally, you'll have an espresso machine. I love my Nespresso Vertuo (it can make coffee and espresso).
- A milk frother: This one came with my Nespresso; you can also use a stick milk frother.
- Some pretty mugs to drink from.
- Molasses, for the gingerbread syrup.