Of all the flavors that scream “Christmas,” perhaps none do so quite as loudly as gingerbread.
Maybe it was your grandmother’s recipe that introduced you to the dessert, but it wasn’t Grandma who put gingerbread on the map. Gingerbread is a staple all over, originating in Greece in 2400 B.C. and making its way across the globe in the form of elaborately decorated houses, cookies, and — most important to us coffee enthusiasts — lattes.
Perhaps you’ve found yourself in need of a full serving of holiday cheer, but unfortunately, it’s not December; there’s not a gingerbread cookie in sight, and managing to find one or two of them is an almost impossible task.
That’s when our caffeinated friend, the gingerbread latte, comes to the rescue, and it surely won’t disappoint.
True fans of the spicy and sweet coffee drink will know gingerbread lattes previously claimed a spot on Starbucks Coffee’s annual holiday menu. The recipe was simple: espresso, steamed milk, gingerbread syrup, and a sprinkle of ground nutmeg. Unfortunately, the gingerbread latte was cut from the franchise’s annual holiday menu lineup in 2019.
If you were devastated to see it go or simply wish for a way to taste the flavors of your favorite Christmas cookie in a coffee drink, we’ve got good news! You can make your very own version of the signature latte at home, and we’ve got just the recipe to help you do it.
MAKING A HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD LATTE
- 1 cup of strong brewed coffee or a shot of espresso
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons of sugar
- 1 1/4 cup of milk
- A saucepan
Begin by brewing your coffee. You can use a blend and roast of your choice, or even a shot of espresso if you’d like, but the stronger and fresher the beans, the more delicious the latte will be. If you’ve got a grinder on hand, you may want to consider using it to recently ground coffee beans to brew.
Add the milk to a saucepan, and let it warm on the medium heat setting until it begins to steam.
Pour the ground cinnamon, ground ginger, sugar, and maple syrup into the brewed coffee (or espresso) and whisk the ingredients until the granules dissolve into the hot liquid.
Pour the steamed milk over the coffee mixture and stir slowly and carefully to be certain you don’t lose a single drop.
The last step of the process is important, as it provides an added level of flavor to your homemade gingerbread latte. Finish your drink off with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg and cinnamon, take a sip, and let the holiday spirit flow.
One thing we don’t love about Grandma’s gingerbread cookies is the long prep and cook time, and luckily, that doesn’t apply to a gingerbread latte. You’ll be enjoying a hot cup of gingerbread goodness in about 5 minutes — no waiting in front of the oven in agony required!
- 1 cup strong brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 1 ¼ cup milk
- Whisk coffee, syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and sugar in a mug.
- Heat milk on the stovetop at medium heat until steaming (or use a milk steaming wand).
- Pour milk over the coffee mixture.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and enjoy!