Gingerbread Latte

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Make this perfectly sweet and creamy Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Latte at home in just 10 minutes. This drink is full of festive flavors and can be made hot or iced (gluten-free, vegetarian).

Gingerbread latte served in a mug.
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About Gingerbread Latte

One of my favorite holiday drinks at Starbucks used to be their Gingerbread Latte but in 2019, they retired this classic beverage.

After multiple trials at home, I came up with my very own recipe that tastes almost as good, and the best part is that it can be made at a fraction of the cost at home.

You can also customize it to your taste. Add more or less sweetener, and spices, or use the milk of your choice.

With steamed milk, espresso shots, warm spices, and dark molasses, this Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Latte is an ideal cup of coffee to relish on a cozy winter evening.

This festive latte is creamy, perfectly sweetened, and will surely satiate your taste buds with its incredible holiday flavors.

This homemade gingerbread latte recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. You can easily make it vegan too.

Scale the gingerbread latte recipe if making it for a crowd. You can also make an iced variation for the warmer winter afternoons.

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Ingredients

Gingerbread latte ingredients.

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 a Moca pot, French press, Nespresso machine, or even a simple brew machine.

Instant espresso made using instant coffee powder also works fine.

Molasses – Molasses gives an earthy flavor to this coffee drink that complements the warm spices really well. Use non sulfured dark molasses for the best flavor.

You can substitute the sweet molasses with white sugar, brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

Spices – Warm spices like ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg give it that gingerbread flavor.

Milk – Use whole milk (full-fat milk) for the best creamy coffee. Having said that, skim, low-fat or plant-based milk (almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc) also works fine. Keep in consideration that plant-based milk does not froth well.

Variation – Make an adult variation (coffee cocktail) of this yummy gingerbread latte by adding a splash of rum, Kahlua, baileys, or bourbon.

You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to this copycat recipe for a taste change.

How To Make 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
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

in a measuring jar.

Espresso, molasses, and spices added to a measuring cup.
Mixed well.

Steam or froth 2 cups of hot whole milk using a manual handheld frother or electric milk frother. You can also use a steamer if you have one.

Frothing the hot milk.

Divide the coffee mixture between two serving mugs.

Coffee mixture poured in the mug.

Divide the frothed milk between the two mugs. Use a spoon to scoop some of the foam and top it on coffee.

Foamed milk poured over coffee.

Top the latte 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.

Ready gingerbread latte.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make an iced gingerbread latte?

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.

How to make a gingerbread latte without coffee?

Skip adding espresso and keep the rest of the recipe the same.

How to froth milk?

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.

How to make it using gingerbread syrup?

Replace molasses with gingerbread-flavored syrup and skip adding ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this delicious holiday latte with Gingerbread Pancakes for a lovely holiday breakfast.

You can also serve it with coffee cakes like Bacardi Rum Cake, Italian Apple Yogurt Cake, Vanilla Pound Cake, or cookies like Gingerbread Cookies, Funfetti Cookies, or Banana Cookies.

It tastes great as morning coffee during the holiday season or as a nice change to your regular coffee during the winter months.

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Make this perfectly sweet and creamy Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Latte at home in just 10 minutes. This drink is full of festive flavors and can be made hot or iced (gluten-free, vegetarian).
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Make this perfectly sweet and creamy Starbucks Copycat Gingerbread Latte at home in just 10 minutes. This drink is full of festive flavors and can be made hot or iced.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients 

  • 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 milk (full-fat milk)
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Instructions 

  • 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 2 serving mugs.
  • Divide the milk between the 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.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

Iced Gingerbread Latte – 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.
Make an adult variation by adding a splash of rum, Kahlua, baileys, or bourbon.
You can easily double or triple the recipe.
You can substitute the molasses with white sugar, brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
Use whole milk (full-fat milk) for the best creamy coffee. Having said that, skim, low-fat or plant-based milk (almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc) also works fine. Keep in consideration that plant-based milk does not froth well.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 121mg, Potassium: 701mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 398IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 325mg, Iron: 1mg
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