Gingerbread Simple Syrup

Flavored simple syrups, like this gingerbread simple syrup, are a fun way to add pops of flavor to your drinks. This gingerbread syrup recipe is infused with the warm and cozy winter spices reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie! Perfect for coffees, cocktails, and more!

Glass container of Gingerbread Simple Syrup sitting on a white linen. A plate of gingerbread cookies sit in the background.

Make this gingerbread syrup recipe for a fun holiday twist in your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or as a part of fun and festive Christmas cocktails!

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What is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is a liquefied form of sugar that is often used to sweeten cocktails, teas, coffees, and other cold beverages. If you’ve ever gone to a coffee shop and ordered a latte with “2 pumps of vanilla”…you just ordered a latte with vanilla simple syrup! Using a simple syrup sweetens your drinks without adding grainy sugar which creates a more enjoyable sip. A traditional simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar to water.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Level of difficulty: Easy

Flavor: Gingerbread! Think warm winter spices…

Time: From start-to-finish, it will take you approximately 10 minutes to make your gingerbread syrup. This includes prep and cooking time (not cooling time).

Why Should I Make My Own Gingerbread Syrup?

There are so many reasons to make your own simple syrups, but here the top reasons why I make my own (and you should too!):

  • Making your own simple syrup is cost effective. No need to buy that expensive Monin, Torani, or Starbucks gingerbread syrup. DIY an even better gingerbread coffee syrup! The pre-made syrups often run $15+, which is expensive. Especially when you can make your own with pantry staples for so much cheaper.
  • You can tailor the flavor to your exact specifications. Love a spicy gingerbread? Add more nutmeg. Really want to amp up the cinnamon and molasses flavors? Do it! When you make your own, you can tailor the flavors to your liking.
  • It’s always fresh. Making small batches of flavored simple syrup ensures what you’re adding to your drinks is fresh!
  • You know what’s in it. You know the 6-7 ingredients that you added. You know you didn’t put in unnecessary preservatives or miscellaneous enhancers to make your syrup shelf stable.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredient shot for gingerbread syrup.

Note: This gingerbread syrup recipe has the ground nutmeg as an optional ingredient. The nutmeg adds a more intense spice.

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

Recipe Variations and Substitutions

  • Use brown sugar. Using brown sugar instead of granulated sugar in gingerbread syrup is a wonderful swap. This will add even more richness and molasses flavor.
  • Add additional winter spices. Nutmeg is already listed as an option addition to this syrup. If you love the flavor of clove and/or allspice, add ⅛ teaspoon (or as much as ¼ tsp) of each into your syrup when cooking.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cook ingredients: Place all ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Bring contents to a slow boil (avoid a rolling boil), then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer simple syrup until molasses and sugar have dissolved (about 5-10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  2. Cool: Remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
  3. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge: Transfer your simple syrup to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Use gingerbread syrup to sweeten and flavor your favorite festive drinks!
Glass container of Gingerbread Simple Syrup sitting on a plate of gingerbread cookies.

Gingerbread Syrup Uses

Gingerbread syrup can be enjoyed in a wide variety of recipes during the holiday season.

  • It’s great for all kinds of drinks. Add it to tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and cocktails for a nice pop of winter spices and sweetness. A few of my personal favorite drink recipes using gingerbread syrup include: a Gingerbread Coffee Latte, a Gingerbread Eggnog Cocktail with Rum, and a Gingerbread Old Fashioned
  • Make a gingerbread whipped cream by adding it into your favorite homemade whipped cream recipe.
  • Brush it onto cake for added moisture and gingerbread flavoring.
  • Use it as a holiday-infused pancake or waffle topping! Try it on it’s own, mixed it with maple syrup, or combine it with plain or vanilla Greek yogurt. Try this festive and fabulous topping on a stack of Fluffy Oat Milk Pancakes or over my all-time favorite Whole Wheat Waffles!

Expert Tips

Make sure to shake your syrup before using. This helps to redistribute the spices throughout your gingerbread syrup.

To add nutmeg or not to add nutmeg? That is the question. If what you love about gingerbread cookies and breads is that sharp spice, I recommend adding up to ⅛ teaspoon of nutmeg. If you don’t want your holiday beverages to have the bold spice from nutmeg (which can be overpowering if a high quantity is used) – use a pinch or skip the nutmeg all together.

Recipe FAQs

How do I store Gingerbread Syrup?

Store gingerbread syrup in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. When stored properly, it can last for up to 2 weeks.

Can I make Gingerbread Syrup ahead of time?

Yes! Homemade gingerbread simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks!

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Gingerbread Simple Syrup

Meredith
Get into the festive spirit by using this gingerbread simple syrup in your favorite holiday coffees, teas, and cocktails!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cup

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ C water
  • ¾ C granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Bring contents to a slow boil (avoid a rolling boil), then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer simple syrup until molasses and sugar have dissolved (about 5-10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the gingerbread syrup from the heat and allow it to cool completely
  • Transfer the simple syrup to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*Make sure to shake your syrup before using. This helps to redistribute the spices throughout your gingerbread syrup.
*Optional nutmeg: To add nutmeg or not to add nutmeg? That is the question. If what you love about gingerbread cookies and breads is that sharp spice, I recommend adding up to ⅛ teaspoon of nutmeg. If you don’t want your holiday beverages to have the bold spice from nutmeg (which can be overpowering if a high quantity is used) – use a pinch or skip the nutmeg all together.
*Recipe Substitutions and Variations:
  • Use brown sugar. Using brown sugar instead of granulated sugar in gingerbread syrup is a wonderful swap. This will add even more richness and molasses flavor.
  • Add additional winter spices. Nutmeg is already listed as an option addition to this syrup. If you love the flavor of clove and/or allspice, add ⅛ teaspoon (or as much as ¼ tsp) of each into your syrup when cooking.
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  1. Sara says

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious syrup! Just the right amount of ginger and molasses!!

    • Meredith says

      I’m so happy to hear you loved this gingerbread syrup too Sara!! Thank you for making my recipe 🙂