Gingerbread Latte

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This homemade gingerbread latte is a copycat version of the famous Starbucks drink! Perfect on its own or over ice for an iced beverage. 

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If you’ve tried our gingerbread blondies or gingerbread cookies already, it’s high time you enjoy the flavor in liquid form: as this gingerbread latte recipe.

It has all the flavors you’d expect, but in a creamy and warm drink. 

Why this recipe works

  • Cheaper (and better) than Starbucks. With simple and easy ingredients, this homemade version costs a fraction of what they sell for at Starbucks. 
  • Wholesome ingredients. Nothing artificial needed. 
  • Ready in two minutes. Simply add all the ingredients in a small saucepan, bring it to a boil, and enjoy. 
  • Perfect hot or cold. Sure, gingerbread lattes are delicious warm but pour it over ice for a frappuccino-like bevvy. 

What we love about this recipe is just how delicious it is. It’s also easy to switch up based on your diet. Use any milk of choice and make them as sweet or bitter as you like! 

Ingredients needed

  • Espresso OR instant coffee. If you own a coffee maker or machine, use a single shot of espresso per cup of coffee. If you don’t, simply combine a 1/4 cup of hot water with 2 teaspoons of instant coffee.
  • Milk of choice. Use your favorite milk (oat, almond, soy, coconut, whole, skim, etc).  
  • Sugar. White, brown, coconut, or sugar free blends all work (like a brown sugar or powdered sugar substitute). 
  • Gingerbread spices– A mix of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. 
  • Whipped cream– optional, but gives the latte the true Starbucks experience. 

How to make a gingerbread latte? 

In a small saucepan, combine all your ingredients and bring to a simmer on medium heat. Once simmering, reduce to low and stir continuously for 1-2 minutes.

Now, remove the gingerbread latte mixture off the heat and pour it into mugs. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

starbucks gingerbread latte.

Flavor variations

Like any good Starbucks drink, you can customize them to suit your taste. Here are some ideas. 

  • Add molasses– If you don’t follow a keto or sugar free diet, add a drizzle of molasses. This gives it a more authentic gingerbread flavor. 
  • Serve it cold– Pour your latter over ice, for an iced gingerbread latte. 
  • Double the espresso– This is something I would do! Double the amount of espresso for the ultimate caffeine kick. 
  • Serve with cookies– Pair your latte with some shortbread cookies or sugar cookies.

Storage instructions

  • To store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days. 
  • To reheat: Either microwave for 20-30 seconds or reheat in a small saucepan until hot. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Gingerbread latte calories

A grande Starbucks gingerbread latte clocks in at 330 calories, 40 grams of carbs and a whopping 38 grams of sugar. This homemade version has just 40 calories per serve.

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Gingerbread Latte (Starbucks Copycat!)

5 from 47 votes
This homemade gingerbread latte is a copycat version of the famous Starbucks drink! Perfect on its own or over ice for an iced beverage. 
Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 7 mins

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups milk of choice I used unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 shots espresso * See notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar any sugar works
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream optional

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan, add all your ingredients, except for the whipped cream. On medium heat, bring to a simmer. Once it begins to simmer, reduce to low and stir regularly. After 2 minutes, remove from the heat.
  • Pour into two cups and top with whipped cream.

Notes

* If you don’t have an espresso machine or coffee machine, use instant coffee. Combine 1/4 cup boiling water with 2 teaspoons of instant or decaf coffee. Reduce the milk to 1 3/4 cups. 
For an iced gingerbread latte, pour over ice. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSodium: 326mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 307mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. “Visually unfortunate” bhahaha. And what was going on with that Starbucks server?? Sounds funny! 😀 this morning gets better and better! Thanks for the warning. I guess the taste Totally makes up for it… gingerbread ftw!
    And YAY snickers *happy dance*
    Have a nice week!!

  2. It doesn’t look too unfortunate! I think it’s a great idea. Hmm…the cake pops they have on a stick at Starbucks would be very cool.

  3. After my unfortunate taste of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice coffee that I brewed the other day….it was SO HORRIBLE!…I am nervous…very weary…of ever trying another “spiced” coffee…I may just be an all or nothing dark roast black kinda girl 😛

  4. Yay I love Gingerbread lattes… Well anything gingerbread hahahaha!! And visually unfortunate gahaha!! Love it & have to use it in the future lmao!! :-O

  5. I actually think it looks VERY visually appealing! Looks like a cozy drink. Yes, I’ve never had one before.

  6. Hahaha…I can totally imagine the look on the barista’s face when you went to order your coffee. I bet you rock a mean Aussie accent! Either way, I’m loving this recipe…it might be warm down there, but we are covered in snow up here, so I need lots of hot beverages right now. Can’t wait to give this one a shot!

    1. Haha, I actually have a French accent…not really.

      Hope you do try it and it turns out much more visually appealing!

  7. Gingerbread lattes are my favorite seasonal drink! Can’t wait to try this, I just so happen to have all the necessary ingredients in my dorm!

  8. About to go to Starbs to get a Pralines and Cream latte. Will update on whether my barista has the same facial issue.
    Also, visually unfortunate is my new favourite phrase.

  9. Milky Way! I already told you it was my favourite candy bar growing up but didn’t make the request for a recreation back then so there you go! Such a great idea for a recipe series. I’ll possibly be throwing requests at you all the time bow – you’ve been warned!
    The Gingerbread Latte brings back warm and fuzzy memories of a certain day – because I only ever let Starbucks rob me off money for that – when I ordered it. I’m not sure I’ll try nutmeg in my coffee again, though. I did when I meant to prepare a pumpkin spice latte at home and … no.

  10. remember that time i told you i was going on gingerbread overload? well this just solved so many of my problems! oh maaaaaan now i can make this in the comfort of my own home 🙂 because i’m lazy and whether it’s work or the gym there’s no way i’m going out of my route to search for coffee shops. it looks warm and comforting and makes me wish i had a fireplace. maybe i’ll just turn on my gas stove and sit near the oven. i think it’s visually arousing so BOOM. bring on the gingerbread and snickers.

    1. Dude you need to….and make one for me (this makes two servings ;))

      I hope you enjoy my Thursday post 😉

  11. At least your’s is visually fortunate 🙂 No molasses? All the spices sound incredible. I always put cinnamon in my coffee at Starbucks– but can’t have dairy milk, so I never try the seasonal ones (I wouldn’t want all the sugar anyway!). I love making drinks like this at home– and I was actually thinking just yesterday I should try a gingerbread latte! Problem is… you know– Malaysia– can’t always get Almond Milk! I was actually super impressed when I moved here to find it at all. And now, it’s gotten a bit better.

    You need to post more about your trip!

    1. Michelle! If I was in Malaysia longer I would have demanded a blogger meet up!

      I tried molasses and it sunk lol! I saw Almond Milk for like $20 Riggit! Have you tried iherb? I often order from them!

  12. Damn, this sounds awesome! I don’t normally go for the seasonal drinks, but this sounds nice and subtle. I might even drizzle a teeny bit of molasses on top!

  13. Mmmm starbucks. I love it! No funky sweeteners and it looks just as good(: I was wondering, did you ever announce the giveaway winners for the sugar free chocolates?