Make this perfectly sweet and creamy Starbucks copycat gingerbread latte (hot or iced) at home in just 10 minutes.
About This Recipe
Steamed milk, espresso shots, warm spices, and dark molasses, this Gingerbread Latte is an ideal cup of coffee to relish on a cozy winter evening. It is creamy, perfectly sweetened, and will surely satiate your taste buds with its incredible holiday flavors.
Scale the recipe if making it for a crowd. You can also make an iced variation for the warmer winter afternoons.
Espresso – Use an espresso machine to make the espresso shots. If you don’t have one, you can brew strong coffee using any of your favorite methods like Moca pot, French press, or even a simple brew machine.
Molasses – Molasses gives an earthy flavor to this drink that complements the warm spices really well. Use unsulfured dark molasses for the best flavor.
You can substitute it with white sugar or brown sugar if you don’t have it.
Spices – Warm spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg give it that gingerbread flavor.
Milk – Use whole (full-fat) milk for the best creamy coffee. Having said that, sim, low-fat or plant-based milk also works fine. Keep in consideration that plant-based milk does not froth well.
Variation – Make an adult variation by adding a splash of rum, Kahlua, baileys, or bourbon.
How To Make Hot Gingerbread Latte
Stir together 4 shots of espresso (or 1 cup of strongly brewed coffee), 2 tablespoon dark molasses, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg in a measuring jar.
Steam or froth 2 cups of the hot whole (full-fat) milk using a manual or electric milk frother. You can also use a steamer if you have one.
Divide the coffee mixture between two mugs.
Divide the milk between the two mugs. Use a spoon to scoop some of the foam and top it on coffee.
Top with a dusting of ground cinnamon and serve immediately. You can also top it with some whipped cream and slide a gingerbread man cookie on the side.
Frequently Asked Questions
Add espresso, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and chilled milk to a blender and blend until everything comes together. Add some ice cubes into the serving glasses and pour the coffee over the ice cubes. Garnish with a dusting of cinnamon and serve chilled.
Skip adding espresso and keep the rest of the recipe the same.
You can use a manual or an electric milk frother to froth the milk. In case you don’t have one, add the hot milk into a tumbler with a tight-fitting lid. Close the lid tightly and shake it vigorously until the milk is frothy (30 to 60 seconds). Most espresso machines come with an in-built steamer. If you have one, you can use it too.
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Gingerbread Latte Recipe
- 4 shots espresso (or 1 cup strongly brewed coffee)
- 2 tablespoons dark molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups hot whole (full-fat) milk
- Stir together espresso, dark molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a measuring jar.
- Steam or froth hot milk using a manual or electric milk frother. You can also use a steamer if you have one.
- Divide the coffee mixture between two coffee mugs.
- Divide the milk between the two mugs. Use a spoon to scoop some of the foam and top it on coffee.
- Top with a dusting of ground cinnamon and serve immediately. You can also top it with some whipped cream and slide a gingerbread man cookie on the side.