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What’s cozier than a Gingerbread Latte? Here’s how to make this warming winter drink with homemade gingerbread syrup.

Gingerbread Latte

There’s nothing quite like a hot beverage to beat the cold weather. So why not cozy up to this Gingerbread Latte? It’s sweetly spiced and full of flavor, with bold notes of ginger, cinnamon and allspice. Add to that creamy, foamy steamed milk and it’s the cozy drink of your dreams (ours, at least!). This one’s not so much a Starbucks copycat but an actual café latte with steamed milk and gingerbread syrup. Here’s how to make it!

What’s in a gingerbread latte?

A Gingerbread Latte is a coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and gingerbread syrup, making it taste just like gingerbread cake or cookies. You can make the syrup homemade: all you need is 20 minutes and you can use it for drinks throughout the season! Or, make it with purchased syrup. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this drink:

  • Espresso
  • Whole milk or oat milk for vegan
  • Gingerbread simple syrup: brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and fresh ginger
Gingerbread Latte

Homemade gingerbread syrup (and a substitute)

The homemade gingerbread syrup makes this Gingerbread Latte! It’s a brown sugar syrup that’s infused with fresh ginger, allspice berries, and cinnamon sticks. All you do is simmer the ingredients for 20 minutes. It’s a fun and versatile syrup you can use for other drinks, like Christmas coffee or a Gingerbread Martini. Here’s more about it:

Gingerbread Syrup

Making espresso at home

The hardest part of a Gingerbread Latte? Finding a great espresso method and milk steaming method. The best way to do it is with an espresso machine, but it can be pricey. Here are a few of our top espresso making methods:

Methods for steaming or frothing milk

You don’t need a fancy espresso machine to make a Gingerbread Latte! There are several methods for frothing milk that also work. You can steam the milk if you have a countertop espresso machine, which is what we did here. Here are the

  • Steam the milk with an espresso machineThe result is rich, creamy microfoam. Go to How to Steam Milk.
  • Froth the milk with a hand frother, whisk, or French Press: There are several tools you probably already have at home that work! Go to How to Froth Milk.

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this cozy Gingerbread Latte. It’s our favorite cozy holiday drink this season.

Gingerbread Latte

More cozy latte recipes

Lattes are where it’s at in the fall and winter! Here are a few more cozy lattes to help you make it through the season:

This gingerbread latte recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use oat milk.

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Gingerbread latte

Gingerbread Latte

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


What’s cozier than a Gingerbread Latte? Here’s how to make this warming winter drink with homemade gingerbread syrup.


  • 2 espresso shots (2 ounces)
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) fresh whole milk or oat milk* (double for two servings when steaming)
  • 1 tablespoon Gingerbread Syrup


  1. If not made already, make the Gingerbread Syrup.
  2. Make the espresso: Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot. Go to How to Make Espresso for instructions.
  3. Stir in the gingerbread syrup: Stir the Gingerbread Syrup into the espresso.
  4. Steam or froth the milk (double batch): Steam the milk with an espresso machine, or heat and then froth the milk using your method of choice (milk frother, French press, whisk or covered jar). It’s easiest to steam or froth 1 cup of milk for 2 drinks. Go to How to Steam Milk or How to Froth Milk for details on each.
  5. Serve: Pour the milk into the center of the espresso, ending with light foam (using half the steamed or frothed milk for 1 drink). If desired, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.


*Whole milk works best; milk that is a few weeks old may not froth. You can also use oat milk for a vegan latte.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Espresso
  • Cuisine: Coffee
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Gingerbread latte

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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