Upgrade your morning coffee with this healthy Gingerbread Latte Syrup. Save money and make a Starbucks gingerbread latte at home!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Make an old Starbucks favorite at home – I love to make the Starbucks holiday drinks at home to save time and money. Starbucks stopped serving the gingerbread latte in 2019 so now you can make it at home with this simple recipe.
- Tastes amazing – This gingerbread simple syrup has all of the flavor of a freshly baked gingerbread cookie in a sweet syrup that is perfect for flavoring coffee.
- Only uses simple ingredients – This syrup recipe is made with just 3 main ingredients plus spices. You can customize each batch to your preferences once you know how to make the basic recipe.
- Use it for more than just coffee – Not a coffee drinker? No problem! Drizzle this gingerbread cookie syrup over ice cream, oatmeal, waffles or pancakes. Stir a spoonful into hot chocolate to add a little spice OR use it to make a festive holiday cocktail like a gingerbread martini.
A gingerbread latte is a wonderful holiday drink to serve to guests around Christmas. You could also use this gingerbread syrup recipe to make a delicious gingerbread chai latte.
I like to serve these alongside some of my favorite Christmas treats like:
I prefect to store my homemade gingerbread syrup in a glass mason jar with a simple label. That way I know what it is and I can scoop out a tablespoon or two each time I need some.
You can also store it in a food grade squeeze bottle and squeeze it right into a warm beverage.
You will be amazed at how easy it is to make this homemade gingerbread syrup by simmering simple ingredient in a saucepan.
- Coconut milk
- Light brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground ginger
If you do not have light brown sugar you can use dark brown sugar, coconut sugar or granulated sugar. Light coconut milk is best for this recipe, but you can also use full fat coconut milk or coconut cream. Using thicker coconut milk will result in a thicker syrup.
If you want to use fresh ginger, add slices to the syrup while you simmer. Then, remove the full slices before cooling and storing it. You can do the same with whole cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.
You can add additional spices to this gingerbread syrup to enhance the flavor. I like to add a little allspice or nutmeg to the spice blend. Sometimes I stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract after simmering to really balance the flavors.
I know many people have allergies to coconut milk. You can use evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk in place of the coconut milk. The sweetened condensed milk will make for an even sweeter gingerbread syrup so you can decrease the amount of sugar.
Let’s make a Gingerbread Latte Syrup!
Step 1: Mix latte syrup ingredients
To begin, add coconut milk, light brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt to a small sauce pan over low heat (Images 1,2 and 3). Then, whisk to combine the ingredients (Image 4).
Step 2: Bring syrup to a boil and simmer
Next, turn the heat on to medium-high and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Be careful not to let the gingerbread syrup boil over. Reduce the mixture to a simmer.
Then, simmer the syrup for 14 minutes whisking regularly (Image 5). Finally, add a pinch of salt to the pan and remove from heat.
Step 4: Cool and enjoy!
Allow the gingerbread latte syrup to cool completely and pour into a glass jar (Image 6). Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Homemade Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe
The gingerbread latte is no longer available at Starbucks in the United States, but the good news is that you can make one at home with this copycat Starbucks gingerbread latte recipe:
- 1 tbsp gingerbread syrup
- 1/2 cup of milk of choice
- 2 shots of espresso or 1 small cup of coffee
- Cinnamon sugar for garnish
To begin, brew espresso or coffee and place in mug of choice. Then, froth milk with the latte syrup in a milk frother or warm milk and mix with latte syrup using a hand frother.
Next, pour gingerbread latte foam over coffee or espresso. Finally, garnish your mug with a dash of cinnamon sugar or candied ginger. I also love to top with a big dollop of whipped cream.
Once prepared, you must allow the syrup to cool completely before transferring it to a glass jar with an airtight lid. Store the latte syrup in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Use a few tablespoons at a time to mix into coffee, teas or drizzle over sweet dishes. I like to make a gingerbread syrup cold foam and pour it over my homemade cold brew.
You can also add a tablespoon or two to a couple of shots of espresso. Then, shake it over ice using this iced shaken espresso recipe.
Check out these other homemade coffee syrups!
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 1 can light coconut milk (13.5oz)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Add coconut milk, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt to a small sauce pan
- Whisk to combine the ingredients
- Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently
- Be careful not to let the mixture boil over and reduce to a simmer
- Simmer for 14 minutes whisking regularly
- Add a pinch of salt to the pan and remove from heat
- Allow to cool completely and pour into a glass jar
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks
- I prefer Grandma’s molasses for this recipe.
- If you are allergic to coconut, you can use evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk. If you use sweetened condensed milk, the syrup will be sweeter, so you will want to use less sugar
- You can use coconut sugar or granulated white sugar in place of the brown sugar