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two gingerbread lattes with a plate of gingerbread cookies

Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

Sad that Starbucks took the gingerbread latte off of the holiday menu?  Cheer up—making this copycat gingerbread latte is so easy!  Plus, you’ll learn how to make DIY gingerbread syrup to make this coffee drink even more festive.


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Ingredients

For the Gingerbread Syrup

  • 2 cups light brown sugar (400g)
  • 2 cups water (475 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and diced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 cloves

For the Gingerbread Latte

  • 3 tablespoons gingerbread syrup (45 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons espresso (1 shot; 30 ml)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup whole milk, steamed
  • Ground nutmeg, for garnish

Instructions

Making the Syrup

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. Pour the espresso, gingerbread syrup, and vanilla extract into an 8-ounce glass mug.  Stir until well combined.
  2. Steam the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan.  I like to steam milk by pouring it into a mason jar and microwaving it for 40 seconds.
  3. Froth the milk with a frother until thickened and doubled in volume, then pour the frothed milk into the coffee mixture.
  4. Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top and enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • 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 good-quality 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.  My favorite grocery store whole bean coffee for espresso is Starbucks Italian roast.
  • Serve this latte with homemade gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cake, or Dutch ontbijtkoek for a truly delightful experience.
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: starbucks, recipe

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