Warm Up with a Delicious Gingerbread Latte

Welcome coffee lovers to my recipe for the best Gingerbread Latte you’ve ever tasted! If you’re looking for a warm and cozy drink that combines the perfect balance of spicy gingerbread sweetness and espresso strength, then this recipe is definitely for you.

As a barista, I have always been fascinated by the creative potential of coffee. From lattes and cappuccinos to iced teas and mochas, there are endless possibilities when it comes to combining flavors and aromas on a cup. And with this homemade Gingerbread Latte, I am excited to share with you an indulgent treat that is perfect for cold winter days or any time you need a pick-me-up.

Let’s be honest—there’s nothing quite like the comforting aroma of gingerbread in the air. And when paired with the rich creaminess of steamed milk and the bold flavor of espresso shots brewed from signature coffee beans, the result is a decadent latte fit for only the most discerning palates.

So what are you waiting for? Get your aprons on and prepare to embark on a journey that will tantalize your taste buds like never before. This Gingerbread Latte recipe truly lives up to its name, tasting just like Starbucks’ famous seasonal drink, but made even better by being homemade. Trust me—you’ll thank me later!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gingerbread Latte
Gingerbread Latte

Are you a fan of the spicy gingerbread flavor? Are you a coffee lover? If you answered yes to both, then homemade Gingerbread Latte is the perfect treat for you! This cozy beverage will warm you up from the inside out while indulging your senses with rich aromas and flavors.

But wait, before you hit the Starbucks drive-thru and spend your hard-earned cash on their Gingerbread Latte, why not give our copycat recipe a try? With just a few simple ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen, you can whip up a delicious and budget-friendly Gingerbread Latte anytime.

Not only is this recipe easy on the wallet, but it’s also customizable! You can make it stronger or weaker according to your preference. Want it dairy-free? No problem! You can use almond milk instead of regular milk. Plus, if you use organic and natural ingredients, it can be healthier than store-bought lattes.

You’ll love this Gingerbread Latte because it tastes like a holiday in a cup. The combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and molasses gives it that spicy gingerbread touch that will remind you of the winter season. Plus, the aroma of freshly brewed espresso and steamed milk will awaken your senses.

So next time you’re craving a Gingerbread Latte, skip the long lines and make your own at home. Not only will you save time and money, but you’ll also get to enjoy a warm cup of deliciousness that’s made with love.

Ingredient List

“Wake up and smell the gingerbread!”

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a look at what you’ll need to make this delicious Gingerbread Latte. Some of these items you may already have in your pantry!

Here are the Ingredients:

  • For the Gingerbread Syrup:
  • Brown Sugar (2 tbsp)
  • Water (1/4 cup)
  • Molasses (1 tbsp)
  • Ground Ginger (1 tsp)
  • Cinnamon (1 tsp)
  • Nutmeg (1/4 tsp)
  • Cloves (1/4 tsp)

  • For the Latte:

  • Brewed Espresso (2 shots or about 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee)
  • Milk of choice (1 cup)
  • Gingerbread Syrup (2 tbsp)
  • Ground Cinnamon (1/4 tsp)

  • Optional Toppings:

    • Whipped cream
    • Additional ground cinnamon

Note that this recipe also offers a vegan version, which means you can use almond milk instead of regular milk for this recipe. Enjoy!

The Recipe How-To

“Get cozy with a spicy sipper.”

Get ready to indulge in the spicy and fragrant flavors of a homemade gingerbread latte. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a rich and creamy drink that’s perfect to enjoy during the cool fall and winter seasons. Follow these instructions to make your own delicious gingerbread latte right at home.

Ingredient List:

  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of milk (any milk or milk alternative can be used)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. Brew your espresso shots using your preferred method.
  2. While the espresso is brewing, heat the milk in a saucepan or in the microwave until it is hot but not boiling. Use a frother or whisk to froth the heated milk until it becomes creamy.
  3. In a separate saucepan, combine the gingerbread syrup, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, molasses, vanilla extract and stir together until evenly mixed.
  4. Add the brewed espresso into the saucepan and heat up everything for about a minute over low-medium heat, stirring continuously until hot.
  5. Grab your favorite mug and pour your gingerbread espresso mixture into it, filling it about halfway.
  6. Next, add the steamed milk into the mug and spoon some froth on top.
  7. Sprinkle with some cinnamon powder if desired and serve hot.

Vegan Gingerbread Latte

For those who prefer vegan options, switch out the milk for almond or coconut milk and substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for the molasses.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte

Mix all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and heat on low for 2 hours. Serve hot with whipped cream.

Tips for Perfect Results:

  • To add more sweetness, put some brown sugar in the gingerbread syrup.
  • Use strong coffee instead of espresso in case you don’t have an espresso machine at home.
  • Don’t have ground cloves? You may substitute it with ground allspice instead.

Now that you know how to make your own Starbucks copycat gingerbread latte, you can impress your family and friends with your barista skills. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“A latte that hugs your taste buds.”

As a barista, I know that everyone has different tastes and dietary needs. So, let me share with you some substitutions and variations to make sure everyone can enjoy this delicious Gingerbread Latte.

First of all, for those who don’t consume dairy products or follow a vegan lifestyle, feel free to substitute the milk with non-dairy alternatives such as soy milk, almond milk or oat milk. They will give the latte a unique nutty flavor that complements the spicy gingerbread flavor.

For those who prefer a stronger coffee flavor, consider using four shots of espresso instead of two. This variation will increase the caffeine intake and make the latte bolder.

Are you looking for a healthier version of Gingerbread Latte? You may swap out the brown sugar with maple syrup or honey to reduce refined sugar intake. Additionally, you may adjust the spice mix to your liking by adding more cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves.

If you want to take things to the next level or try something new, you can also transform your Gingerbread Latte into an iced or frozen version, depending on your preference! Just chill brewed coffee before mixing it with cold milk and gingerbread syrup over ice for an iced latte. Or blend ice with brewed espresso, milk and syrup for a frozen coffee treat.

Lastly, for those who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, you can create your own homemade gingerbread syrup by combining ground spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves) with brown sugar and water natural. Simmer mixture over low heat until it has thickened into a syrup consistency. This DIY variation allows you to control the sweetness level while making your own signature gingerbread latte recipe.

With these substitutions and variations in mind, you are now ready to customize your Gingerbread Latte to your taste preferences!

Serving and Pairing

“A frothy hug in a holiday mug.”

Once you have made your homemade Gingerbread Latte, it’s time to enjoy it! This latte is the perfect drink to indulge in during the holiday season. The warmth and spiciness of the ginger cinnamon blend will provide a cozy feeling that perfectly compliments the chilly winter weather.

To make your Gingerbread Latte experience even better, I recommend topping it off with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. The sweetness and creaminess of the whipped cream will balance out the spice from the gingerbread syrup.

For a pairing suggestion, I recommend enjoying your Gingerbread Latte with a slice of pumpkin bread or cranberry scone. The sweet taste of these baked goods pairs perfectly with the spicy notes of the latte.

If you’re in the mood for a more savory pairing, try matching your gingerbread latte with biscuits and gravy or bacon quiche. These salty options will cancel out any overpowering sweetness from your latte.

No matter how you choose to enjoy your Gingerbread Latte, one thing is for sure: it’s the perfect drink to cozy up and enjoy during these winter days.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Indulge in the perfect winter warmer.”

Once you’ve made your homemade gingerbread latte, you may have some left over. Fortunately, this indulgent treat can be easily stored and reheated for future enjoyment.

To store your gingerbread latte, make sure it has fully cooled down to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. Store the container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you need to keep it longer than that, consider freezing it instead.

When reheating your gingerbread latte, there are several ways you can do it. One simple way is to transfer the desired amount into a microwave safe mug and heat on high for 30 second intervals until the desired temperature is reached. Alternatively, you can pour it into a saucepan and gently reheat on the stovetop over low heat until it’s warmed through.

Another option is to make a large batch of the gingerbread syrup ahead of time and store it in the fridge for future use. You can even make this syrup up to two weeks in advance! Simply pour the syrup into an airtight container and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

To make your make-ahead gingerbread latte even more flavorful, add a dollop of whipped cream or sprinkle on some ground cinnamon before serving. Now sit back, savor each sip, and pamper yourself with this spicy gingerbread delight any time of day.

Tips for Perfect Results

“The magic of gingerbread in a cup.”

As a barista, I have learned that the smallest details can make a huge difference in the taste and presentation of coffee. Here are some tips to help you achieve a perfect homemade gingerbread latte.

Firstly, it’s important to use high-quality ingredients. I recommend using freshly ground espresso beans and whole spices in your gingerbread syrup. This will ensure the freshest and most flavorful outcome.

When it comes to steaming milk, make sure you’re using chilled milk straight from the refrigerator. It is easier to froth cold milk, which creates fluffier foam with better texture. Also, avoid over-frothing the milk as it can result in large bubbles that affect the taste and texture of your latte.

Another tip is to adjust the spiciness level according to your personal preference. If you prefer a mild flavor, use less ginger or cloves in your syrup recipe. On the other hand, adding more ginger and cinnamon will result in a spicier gingerbread latte.

To create latte art at home, ensure that your espresso shot is correctly extracted for a balanced and flavorful taste. Then, pour the milk into the espresso without delay and start creating latte art right away when there is still enough foam before it completely dissipates.

Lastly, adding whipped cream on top of your gingerbread latte not only adds aesthetic value but also gives a luxurious layer of creamy texture. If you want to indulge further in your drink, sprinkle some more ground cinnamon or grated nutmeg over the whipped cream for an extra flavor pop.

By following these simple tips, you can make a better homemade gingerbread latte than any coffee shop could offer!


Before I conclude this article on the homemade gingerbread latte recipe, let me anticipate some of the common queries that may arise in your mind while preparing it. Here are some frequently asked questions and the answers to them that may help you make this spicy gingerbread flavored coffee with ease.

What are the ingredients in Gingerbread Latte Starbucks?

For this recipe, we’ll be using brewed espresso, gingerbread syrup, whipped cream, and nutmeg to create a delicious and festive coffee drink. The gingerbread syrup adds a warm and spicy flavor, while the whipped cream and nutmeg give it a creamy and comforting touch. Let’s get started on making this tasty beverage!

What is Gingerbread Latte made of?

Get ready to indulge in the ultimate holiday treat – our Gingerbread Latte! Savor a delicious blend of our signature espresso, steamed milk, and the warm and spicy notes of Gingerbread syrup. To make it even more irresistible, it’s topped off with fluffy gingerbread-flavored whipped cream and a delightful crunchy wafer. This is a must-try for any coffee lover looking to get in the holiday spirit!

What is in Starbucks gingerbread syrup?

For this recipe, we’ll be making a delicious gingerbread syrup that includes brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, water, ground ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla. Once we have our syrup, we’ll pair it with a delicious shot of espresso for a festive and flavorful coffee drink. So without further ado, let’s get started!

Does Starbucks have Gingerbread Latte?

If you’re looking for a sweet yet spicy coffee to enjoy during the holidays, why not try our gingerbread latte? Made with our signature espresso and milk, this drink is sure to satisfy your cravings. And for an extra festive touch, we top it off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Best of all? You can enjoy it over ice for a refreshing twist. Don’t hesitate to customize it to your liking by adjusting the sweetness or adding a flavor shot.

Bottom Line

As a barista, nothing delights me more than seeing my customers happy and satisfied with their coffee. And I truly believe that this gingerbread latte recipe will do just that!

Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also delicious and flavorful, giving you the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Whether you’re making it for yourself or for your friends and family, this recipe is sure to impress.

So, why not skip the crowded Starbucks line and make your own homemade gingerbread latte? With these detailed instructions and helpful tips, you’ll be able to make a perfect gingerbread latte right in the comfort of your own home.

Try out some of the variations and substitutions I recommended to add your own personal flair to this classic holiday drink. Whether you prefer it with whipped cream or almond milk, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a tasty gingerbread latte.

In conclusion, I hope this recipe has inspired you to get creative in the kitchen and make your own homemade gingerbread latte. Give it a try and don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite ingredients. And remember, nothing beats the taste of a freshly brewed cup of coffee made with love! Happy brewing!

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Perfect for a winter warm-up.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Western cuisine
Calories 100.2 kcal


  • 1/2-1 fluid ounce gingerbread-flavored syrup (I used Monin)
  • 4 ounces espresso
  • 4 -5 fluid ounces steamed milk
  • 2 -3 tablespoons frothed milk or 2 -3 tablespoons whipped cream (optional)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon


  • Measure syrup into serving mug or cup.
  • Brew espresso, and steam the milk, producing a small amount of frothed milk, or crema.
  • Add espresso to mug or cup, then steamed milk, and top with froth/crema (or whipped cream, if desired).
  • Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 265gCalories: 100.2kcalCarbohydrates: 7.2gProtein: 5.1gFat: 5.8gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 21.4mgSodium: 90.6mgFiber: 0.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Brunch, European, Sweet, Winter
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