Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread latte

I like to remake versions of my favorite coffee shop drinks at home when I can. It saves money, it’s easier than running out to pick one up at the coffeehouse and it allows me to play around with my options a little bit more than I could otherwise. In the past, I’ve done Mexican Spice Ice Blendeds, Pumpkin Spice Mochas and winter-spiced coffee. This drink is a remake of the gingerbread latte, a popular item at Starbucks (and other coffee shops) around the holidays.

The Starbucks gingerbread latte is a typical latte – espresso and steamed milk – made with a spicy gingerbread flavored sugar syrup. I have used both espresso and regular drip coffee for this drink and it is good both ways. The recipe below calls for drip coffee, but feel free to use espresso if you have an espresso machine. I stuck with tradititional gingerbread elements for mine, using ground spices and some molasses for flavor. Because the flavor of molasses can be very strong, I balanced it out by adding some regular sugar to mine, as well. This is where the customization comes in, as you can use more or less molasses in your own version depending on the size of your mug and personal preference.


Homemade Gingerbread Latte
5-oz hot coffee (2/3 cup)
3-oz hot milk (1/3 cup)
2 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp molasses
pinch ground cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger
whipped cream

Combine coffee, sugar, molasses and spices in a coffee mug and stir to combine. Top off with hot milk. Finish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of additional spice for garnish.

Makes one 8-oz drink. Increase all amounts slightly for a larger cup size. Recipe can be scaled up to flavor a whole pot of coffee, as well.

5 comments

  1. Yum Yum Yum…I order these all the time at “that place”. Now I have no excuse not to make my own! Thanks!

  2. This is a definite must try. I am printing this one out.

  3. Hello, this is really great post, I will bookmark this! it will help lots of people. Keep posting!

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