Gingerbread Coffee

Bring a little holiday cheer to your morning routine with this gingerbread coffee latte recipe! Get cozy with this delicious seasonal coffee recipe anytime you’d like, without having to pay big-bucks for it. Quick, easy, and festive!

a glass mug with a homemade gingerbread latte sitting on a wooden board. Another mug sits in the background, along with a linen, coffee beans, an iced gingerbread cookie, and a holiday plant.

This gingerbread coffee recipe is the perfect coffee for the holiday season. Filled with warm winter spices, this easy coffee recipe is sure to make you smile.

If you love this homemade holiday coffee recipe, you’ll also love this DIY Eggnog Latte and this Maple Cinnamon Coffee with Collagen too!

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Cafe Au Lait Vs Latte

‘Cafe au lait’ is the French way to say ‘coffee with milk’. A cafe au lait is made with strong brewed coffee and steamed milk, and most often served with equal parts coffee to milk (there is no hard and fast rule on this ratio though).

A latte on the other hand is made with espresso, steamed milk, and topped with foamed milk. A latte will generally contain 1-2 ounces of espresso and 8+ ounces of milk.

Why You’ll Love this Winter Coffee Recipe

You can’t get this seasonal favorite at Starbucks anymore. Starbucks retired their gingerbread latte in 2019.

Cost effective. No need to spend $$$ on seasonal coffeehouse drinks, especially when you can make an even better version at home!

The most delicious Christmastime coffee. Coffee accented with warm winter spices, reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie. SO GOOD.

Super easy to make! Seriously, you’ll be surprised how easily you can make this coffeehouse favorite at home. The homemade gingerbread syrup comes together in just 10 minutes. Once you have the syrup prepared, this coffee can be made in minutes!

Ingredients Needed

ingredients needed to make a homemade gingerbread latte.

Hot, Strong Brewed Coffee: put your morning coffee on to brew as usual.

Gingerbread Simple Syrup: homemade gingerbread syrup is great for all kinds of holiday drinks, and packed with warm winter spices.

Milk: you can use whatever milk you prefer (dairy or non-dairy) in this winter coffee recipe. I recommend using 2% or whole dairy milk.

Ground Cinnamon (optional): while the gingerbread simple syrup has a wonderful spice profile, a dash of cinnamon on top of this latte is a nice touch.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Top with whipped cream. Go all-out and add whipped topping to your gingerbread latte!
  • Top with a gingerbread whipped cream. Take it a step further an make your own gingerbread spiced whipped cream by whipping together ¼ cup heavy whipping cream and 1 Tablespoon of gingerbread syrup. This can be done with a handheld milk frother.
  • Use espresso instead of strongly brewed coffee. Instead of using approximately ⅓ cup of milk and 1 cup of coffee, use 2 shots of espresso (which is 2 ounces, or ¼ cup) and about 1 cup of milk.
  • Make an iced gingerbread coffee. Allow your coffee to cool at least to room temperature (or use cold brew coffee). Add all ingredients to a tall glass with ice. No frothing required for an iced gingerbread latte.
  • Make a decaf gingerbread latte. If you’d like to enjoy a cozy gingerbread coffee at night, or cannot have caffeine, use your favorite decaf coffee blend in this recipe.

Step-By-Step Instructions

process shot showing milk in a liquid measuring cup being frothed with a handheld frother. the mug sits on a dark wooden board and is surrounded by a tan and red linen, coffee beans, a french press, and a red and green holiday flower.

Step 1: Warm milk in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Froth with a handheld milk frother and set aside.

process shot showing gingerbread syrup being measured out above a glass mug. the mug sits on a dark wooden board and is surrounded by a tan and red linen, coffee beans, a french press, and a red and green holiday flower.

Step 2: Add gingerbread syrup to a mug.

process shot showing freshly brewed coffee being poured out of a french press. the mug sits on a dark wooden board and is surrounded by a tan and red linen, coffee beans, and a red and green holiday flower.

Step 3: Top with freshly brewed coffee until the mug is about ⅔ full.

Step 4: Stir to combine.

process shot showing frothed milk being poured from a liquid measuring cup into the mug with coffee and gingerbread syrup. the mug sits on a dark wooden board and is surrounded by a tan and red linen, coffee beans, a french press, and a red and green holiday flower.

Step 5: Pour the frothed milk over the coffee.

process shot showing a finished gingerbread coffee. the mug sits on a dark wooden board and is surrounded by a tan and red linen, coffee beans, a french press, and a red and green holiday flower.

Step 6: Optionally, top with a dash of ground cinnamon and enjoy!

Expert Tips

Make sure to shake your gingerbread syrup before using it. If you’ve premade your simple syrup, shake it before use to redistribute the spices.

Want to reduce the number of dishes you use? Warm and froth the milk mixture in the mug you plan to use. If you don’t care too much about the amount of frothy milk on top of your gingerbread coffee, warm and froth the milk mixture in the mug you plan to use. Then add the gingerbread syrup and coffee, stir, and top with a few dashes of cinnamon.

Add a boost of nutrition by including a scoop of collagen in your gingerbread coffee! If you want to add some nutrition and protein to your morning coffee, adding a scoop of collagen to your warmed milk before frothing it is a great option! I like and use this collagen in my morning coffees.

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Recipe FAQs

What is the best milk to use for a gingerbread latte?

For dairy milk, 2% or whole milk are both great options. Note: the higher the fat content is in your milk, the better it will froth. For non-dairy milk: I find that oat milk froths the best for coffees. However, many people enjoy almond milk as well.

How long does homemade gingerbread syrup last?

Gingerbread simple syrup can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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a glass mug with a homemade gingerbread latte sitting on a wooden board. Another mug sits in the background, along with a linen, coffee beans, an iced gingerbread cookie, and a holiday plant.

Gingerbread Coffee

Meredith
Bring a little holiday cheer to your morning routine with this gingerbread coffee recipe! This easy winter coffee is perfect for those who love Christmas coffee drinks.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 150 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • C milk of choice (I use whole or 2% dairy milk)
  • 2-3 tablespoon gingerbread syrup (see below for recipe link)
  • Up to 1 C of hot, strongly brewed coffee
  • Ground cinnamon for dusting

Instructions
 

  • Brew your morning coffee as usual
  • Pour milk into a liquid measuring cup and heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to warm it up
  • Froth warmed milk with a handheld milk frother
  • While the milk is warming up, add gingerbread syrup and coffee into your mug. Fill your mug about ⅔ full with coffee
  • Top with frothed milk and a few dashes of cinnamon
  • Sip and enjoy!

Notes

*Get the recipe for Gingerbread Simple Syrup here.
*Tip: If you’ve premade your gingerbread syrup, shake it up before use to redistribute the spices.
*Want to reduce the number of dishes you use? Warm and froth the milk mixture in the mug you plan to use. Then add the gingerbread syrup and coffee, stir, and top with a few dashes of cinnamon. Note: this will not be quite as frothy as shown, but still absolutely delicious.
*Best milk choices for a gingerbread latte: for dairy milk: 2% or whole milk are both great options. For non-dairy milk, oat milk is my recommendation.
Recipe Substitutions and Variations:
  • Top with whipped cream. Go all-out and add whipped topping to your gingerbread latte!
  • Top with a gingerbread whipped cream. Take it a step further an make your own gingerbread spiced whipped cream by whipping together ¼ cup heavy whipping cream and 1 Tablespoon of gingerbread syrup. This can be done with a handheld milk frother.
  • Use espresso instead of strongly brewed coffee. Instead of using approximately ⅓ cup of milk and 1 cup of coffee, use 2 shots of espresso (which is 2 ounces, or ¼ cup) and about 1 cup of milk.
  • Make an iced gingerbread coffee. Allow your coffee to cool at least to room temperature (or use cold brew coffee). Add all ingredients to a tall glass with ice. No frothing required for an iced gingerbread latte.
  • Make a decaf gingerbread latte. If you’d like to enjoy a cozy gingerbread coffee at night, or cannot have caffeine, use your favorite decaf coffee blend in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 65mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Sara says

    5 stars
    So good!! Love a winter coffee and this hits the spot!

    • Meredith says

      Happy to hear this brought you some joy! Thanks for giving my recipe a try ❤

  2. David says

    5 stars
    Scratches that ‘fancy coffee’ itch for a fraction of the price!

    • Meredith says

      🙌🙌🙌 yes!! and homemade tastes soooo much better too. glad you enjoyed this DIY gingerbread latte!

  3. Erica says

    5 stars
    Holy flipping moly! This stuff is ridiculously fantastic. I made some so my husband and I could enjoy it on Christmas morning and I’m thinking I’ll be making it quite often! He raved about how good it was. One cup of coffee is usually enough for me, but with this homemade gingerbread syrup in it… I may have had two cups. Don’t tell. Lol

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      I’m so glad you both loved it, and that it will be added to your normal rotation! Thank you so much for making my recipe