This gingerbread latte is spiced, creamy, and tastes exactly just like gingerbread - while being quick and easy to make and using pantry staples! You can have your festive coffee within 10 minutes. You don’t need to make any syrups in advance, just combine everything in your coffee mug and enjoy. Perfect for when you want to get in the holiday spirit but don’t have a lot of time. The best thing is that you can adjust the sweetness and spice according to your preference. It’s the ultimate, easy latte to make for Christmas and the holidays.
I’ve even included instructions on how to enjoy this iced! To bring it up a notch, you can batch prepare my favorite gingerbread cookies in advance to enjoy with your latte.
🎅 Why you'll LOVE this recipe
- Easy to make: It's just a few extra simple ingredients that are added to a traditional latte that make it taste so festive!
- No specialty syrups required: You don't need to purchase a whole bottle of flavoring syrup. In fact, you probably already have all the ingredients on hand.
- Gingerbread: This latte has a strong gingerbread flavor without being overly sweet.
- Flavor customization: Since you're the one making this, you can make it as sweet and spicy as you prefer!
📝 Key ingredients
Read through for all the tips you will need for success!
Full steps and ingredients in recipe card below.
- Espresso: Latte’s taste best if you use espresso, but you can also use strong brewed coffee! For convenience (and I don’t own an espresso machine), I like to use instant espresso powder. You’re going to need about 2 shots of espresso or ¼ cup.
- Brown sugar: I add a touch of dark brown sugar for sweetness. You can omit or add even more according to how you like to enjoy your coffee. You can also use maple syrup, coconut sugar, or a sugar free sweetener instead. Keep in mind that molasses also adds sweetness.
- Molasses: I use molasses for baking (not blackstrap) from the grocery store. Don’t use sulphured molasses because it doesn’t have the best flavor. I highly recommend not skipping the molasses because it helps give it that signature gingerbread flavor. Molasses has a shelf life of a few years so it’s great to store in your pantry. And then use it to make these amazing gingerbread cupcakes.
- Ginger: Ground ginger gives the latte a bit of spice and is absolutely essential in getting that gingerbread flavor.
- Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon Helps balance and complement the ginger. I love adding a sprinkle of cinnamon on top as well!
- Cloves: I love adding a small pinch of ground cloves, it adds depth and a different type of spice to the latte.
- Vanilla extract: You can also use a bit of vanilla coffee syrup for a bit of vanilla flavor.
- Milk: Use any type of milk you enjoy in your latte. I love to use 2% milk but you can use whole milk, oatmilk, almond milk, or whatever you like!
- Toppings: I topped mine with a gingerbread cookie, a candy cane, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. You can keep it as simple or as elaborate as you like. You can even top it off with some pumpkin spice whipped cream!
👩🍳 How to make gingerbread latte at home
Step 1: In a mug, combine espresso, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla. Stir to combine and dissolve.
Step 2: Steam the milk (heat and foam) and pour it over the mixture. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a gingerbread cookie, and a candy cane (optional) to bring on the festive spirit!
Iced Instructions: You can also make this an iced latte by not heating up the milk and adding ice! Make sure to stir the spices and sugar into the hot espresso or coffee so that they dissolve completely.
✔️ Expert tips
- Use unexpired spices: If your spices don’t smell like much, they probably won’t taste like much! Store spices in individual airtight containers and check if they’re expired.
- Foam the milk: This really makes it feel like it’s from a fancy coffee shop!
- Sweetness: Everyone has a different level of sweetness that they prefer in their latte’s. For example, I prefer my latte’s not overly sweet. You can adjust the amount of brown sugar you add as much as you like! I don’t recommend adjusting the molasses because it really makes it taste like gingerbread.
🥄 Make ahead and storage
This latte is best enjoyed as soon as it’s made. I love having it hot! If you have any leftovers - store in the fridge and enjoy chilled for a different experience. Make sure you give it a good stir before enjoying, and add a few ice cubes!
❔ Why holiday drinks taste better at home
I love going out for the occasional coffee drink, but it’s so nice to make them at home! This latte is even better enjoyed in your PJ’s. You can even adjust the sweetness and spice to your preference. It's cheaper to make at home and you can use high quality ingredients to make.
You probably already have all of the ingredients needed for this gingerbread latte in your spice cabinet and pantry so why not try making it?
You should also try making my favorite pumpkin spice chai latte and this pumpkin spice cold foam!
📖 Recipe FAQs
It shouldn’t be! Check to see if your spices are expired or aired out. They should be a little spicy if you put a bit on the tip of your tongue. You can add more ginger, cinnamon, and cloves if it’s not enough for you.
I like using 2% cows milk or a dairy free blend of milks. Oat milk will also work wonderfully! Use any milk you like to have in your lattes.
Espresso is more traditional and tastes better in a latte. If you’re in a pinch, you can use a very strong brewed coffee - you’ll need about ¼ cup or more if it’s not strong enough.
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Easy Gingerbread Latte
- 2 shots espresso or ¼ cup strong coffee
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar adjust according to sweetness preference
- 1 teaspoon molasses unsulphured and not blackstrap
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 small pinch cloves
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla syrup
- 1 cup milk any milk you prefer
Instructions for a hot latte:
- In a mug, combine espresso, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla. Stir to combine.2 shots espresso, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon molasses, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 small pinch cloves, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Steam the milk (heat and foam) and pour it over the mixture. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a gingerbread cookie, and a candy cane (optional) to bring on the festive spirit!1 cup milk
Instructions for an iced gingerbread latte:
- In a glass, combine espresso, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Add ice cubes.2 shots espresso, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon molasses, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 small pinch cloves, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Foam the milk (without heating) and pour on top. Stir with a spoon or straw to thoroughly mix and cool the drink. Top with cinnamon, a gingerbread cookie, and a candy cane (optional).1 cup milk
- Use unexpired spices for the best flavor that pops.
- Foam the milk for a coffee shop feel. This really elevates the latte!
- Adjust the sweetness by reducing or adding more brown sugar.