Disappointed that Starbucks isn't re-releasing the gingerbread latte in the US this year? No worries; you can make a delicious copycat version at home with simple ingredients. You'll even learn how to make your own gingerbread syrup to make this latte even more tempting.
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Wondering if the Starbucks gingerbread latte will return in 2022? Unfortunately, it won't be back. It's been off the menu for three years, but at least you can make one at home!
Why This Recipe Works
- It's made with homemade syrup. Making your own gingerbread syrup is quick and easy, and it tastes 10 times better than store-bought!
- It's made with Starbucks coffee beans. Back when this latte was on their menu, they used their Espresso Roast beans, which you can use at home. I actually prefer this recipe with their Breakfast Blend or Italian Roast coffee.
- You can tweak drink to your preferences. Want more or less syrup? Simply add more. Want to have it dairy free/vegan? Use your favorite barista blend milk alternative. Want it iced? Pour over ice cubes.
- It's cheaper and healthier than Starbucks. Making your own gingerbread syrup and using vanilla extract instead of vanilla syrup reduces the calories and eliminates dyes and preservatives. Plus, you can save money on expensive lattes!
Wonder what's in a Starbucks gingerbread latte? The Starbucks website gives the ingredients as milk, brewed espresso, gingerbread syrup, whipped cream, vanilla syrup, and nutmeg.
- Syrup: I made my own instead of buying the Starbucks or Torani versions, as those have mixed reviews online. Making your own tastes SO good and is really easy to do.
- Espresso: Be sure to make your own espresso or strong coffee fresh.
- Milk: I recommend using whole milk for the creamiest taste, but feel free to substitute a plant-based barista milk blend for a non-dairy option.
- Vanilla Syrup: Since I don't have vanilla syrup at home, I substituted with a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract. This saves on calories, too.
- Nutmeg: This is the final garnish on top of the latte. Don't skip this, as it makes the latte look even prettier and adds to the spiced taste. I like to freshly grate my own nutmeg with a microplane (affiliate) and whole nutmegs. So good!
How to Make
- Let's start by making the gingerbread syrup! Whisk the water, sugar, and spices together until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cinnamon sticks after the sugar has dissolved.
- Bring the syrup to a boil, then turn it down to low heat and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes. The syrup should have a maple syrup-like consistency and should have a noticeable spicy flavor.
3. Pour the syrup through a strainer to remove the whole spices, then pour the syrup in a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
4. Stir together 2 tablespoons espresso, 3 tablespoons syrup, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract.
5. Steam the milk until it reaches 140°F (microwaving it in a glass jar for 40 seconds on 100% power is perfect). Froth with a milk frother, or tightly screw a lid onto the jar and shake vigorously.
6. Pour the frothed milk into the espresso mixture and sprinkle some grated nutmeg on top. Enjoy right away!
Unfortunately, the last time it was available in the United States was in November 2018, so it's not available in 2022. However, with this easy copycat recipe, you'll be able to make your own awesome Starbucks latte at home! No more waiting in lines and paying the high prices.
Get a grande cinnamon dolce latte, and ask for two pumps of white mocha syrup and one pump of chai tea concentrate. Then, ask the barista to add some nutmeg. That's the closest you'll get to ordering a gingerbread latte at Starbucks.
Starbucks lists the ingredients of the gingerbread latte as follows: milk, brewed espresso, gingerbread syrup, whipped cream, vanilla syrup, and nutmeg.
Yes, Starbucks used to sell gingerbread syrup, but unfortunately they don't anymore. However, you can order some online (affiliate) from Torani or you can make your own with our recipe below.
Try one of these mouthwatering desserts with this Starbucks gingerbread latte!
- Make your own gingerbread syrup instead of buying the Starbucks or Torani syrups; it will taste a lot better.
- Use freshly brewed coffee or espresso for the best flavor. Brew it with a moka pot to if you don't have an espresso machine.
- Heat the milk to 140°F and use whole milk (or oat barista blend) for the best froth and creaminess.
- Don't have a milk frother? Use a French press or shake the milk in a mason jar instead.
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Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte
For the Gingerbread Syrup
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1- inch piece ginger root, peeled and diced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon allspice berries
- ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 6 cloves
For the Gingerbread Latte
- 3 tablespoons gingerbread syrup
- 2 tablespoons espresso, 1 shot
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup whole milk, steamed
- Ground nutmeg, for garnish
Making the Syrup
- Pour all of the syrup ingredients except for the cinnamon sticks into a 2-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved, then add the cinnamon sticks.
- Bring the syrup to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, or until the syrup has thickened to a maple-syrup like consistency and has a spicy flavor.
- Remove from the heat and pour through a sieve to strain out the whole spices. Pour into a glass jar, let cool to room temperature, then seal tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. You should have around 2 cups of syrup.
Making the Latte
- Pour the espresso, gingerbread syrup, and vanilla extract into an 8-ounce glass mug. Stir until well combined.
- Steam the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan, then froth the milk with a frother until thickened and doubled in volume. Pour the frothed milk into the coffee mixture.
- Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top and enjoy immediately.
- Want a fancy syrup pump like they have at Starbucks? These syrup pumps screw onto a standard mason jar.
- If you're serious about crafting lattes at home, I recommend that you purchase a milk frother, as they are easy to use and quite affordable. However, if you don't own one, froth the milk by plunging a French press up and down or shake the milk vigorously inside of a mason jar.
- For the best-tasting espresso, choose beans that have been roasted within the past month, and grind just before brewing. Use Starbucks Espresso Roast or Italian Roast.
Serving sizes and nutritional information are only an estimate and may vary from your results.
This post was originally published on November 13, 2020, but was republished on November 20, 2021 with reformatted content and new FAQs.
We couldn't find any Starbucks gingerbread syrup at Starbucks, they'd sold out, so I thought I'd search the internet for a copy recipe and found yours. It's absolutely delicious she loves it. I haven't tasted Starbucks syrup but I can imagine it's nowhere near as nice as this and even better there are no nasties in this one. I would definitely make it again. Now to try the pumpkin spice one ...have to find pumpkin puree not so easy to find in the UK 🙂
That's wonderful, Ali! We're chuffed that you enjoyed the syrup so much!
Where do you find gingerbread syrup?
The recipe for the gingerbread syrup is in the recipe card. Enjoy!
This is a sweet, gingery, delicious coffee drink! It's definitely yummy. The espresso is strong, but just right. I love this gingerbread latte--it tastes just like a gingerbread cookie.
That's wonderful to hear, Alex! I'm glad you thought that the latte tastes like a gingerbread cookie.
The nutmeg on top of the creamy frothed milk not only looks good, but it also smells and tastes divine. The espresso and gingerbread syrup blend together wonderfully. This is absolutely awesome! Definitely the perfect Christmas drink. It is very elegant looking. The homemade syrup tastes just like gingerbread with a sweet aftertaste.
I'm so glad that you enjoyed the latte, Beth! Thanks for commenting.