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. 

gingerbread latte.

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.

gingerbread latte recipe.

Gingerbread Latte (Starbucks Copycat!)

5 from 50 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


  • 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


  • 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.


* 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. 


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. oh i am excited for this series! Lots of fun recipes to come. and this looks good to me, visually and all! and the cookies —> duh.

  2. It’s kind of cool to do a copy cat recipe. Often times I want to go to Starbucks..I just don’t want to spend the money…don’t we all though seriously? From Starbucks, the cake pops and the breakfast sandwiches they have. I think you would do a great job with the sandwiches!

  3. Yum! I’ve never had the gingerbread latte from Starbucks before. I’m a fan of the peppermint mocha, personally, especially this time of year!

    1. Hi! I’m back again lol! Can’t wait to adman-bomb your blog tomorrow. Please have a gingerbread latte. It fuels …outlet shopping.

  4. I love coming to a blog and being greeted as a “champion” 😉 . Now I just need some caffeine in me from this latte to get me all pumped up for my day. WOOOOOOOOO.

    To be honest, I’ve never had one of their gingerbread lattes before (I’m more of a plain nonfat one with like 5543 shots of espresso or a plain caramel machiato <— not even gonna try to spell that right), but I would happily take one of these of your hands. Thanks, buddy 😉

    1. Of course…champion.

      Can I just say I’m still salivating over your soup from instagrm AND see my bloglovin showing it’s been posted there?!

  5. is matcha green tea seasonal? Because that’s the only latte I’ve had in like the last 8 years because ew coffee. Although I have to admit, Saturday morning around 4 am I was wishing I was a coffee drinker..

  6. Happy Sunday my speedy friend 😉 I’d love to see a copy cat salted carmel hot chocolate from the grand ole’ Starbucks. And I have yet to get my fingers on their fancy red cups, but I am always a fan of their over priced peppermint mocha. And can we get a round of applause for this amazing food-ography? …I just made a new word…damn….I must be hungry.

    Brilliant recipe and thank you for saving me from burning a new hole in my wallet. I am trying this tomorrow.

  7. Does the Christmas Blend count as a seasonal drink? Because I’ve switched from my regular Pike to that one. Sometimes I’ll even add a sprinkle of cinnamon. Other than that, I’m not really a huge fan of the seasonal drinks. I like my coffee strong and black, and the sweetened lattes are a little too sweet for my tastes.

    1. I tried the Christmas blend and was disappointed there was no holly or candy canes in it!

      If I shared this drink with you, you’d have to drink it!

  8. I made a frosted mint latte today at work. It was pretty good except I loathe espresso. I might be the only person who cannot stand it’s bitterness. I go for the café au lait with a shot of syrup. My favorite is a blackberry café au lait (Café au lait is half steamed milk and half coffee) That’s how I make my specialty drinks!
    I think you should do a copy cat recipe of curly fries from Arby’s
    Here’s a picture/link if you don’t know what that is:

  9. I love you for making this!! This used to be my favourite drink. I had one about 3 times a day the last time I was in the US. Healthy gingerbread latte – you are a legend 🙂

  10. Imma have to take your WORD FOR IT because I have never had Starbucks Gingerbread Latte – I should ask Britt! 😉

  11. Ok, here I am, (trying) to enjoy the homemade chai latte that I just made from a tea bag, thinking that it is so bland and really needs some spices stirred directly into it…and you present me with a gingerbread latte recipe (made with coffee, making it infinitely better anyway). Yes, yes and yes. Kind of tempted to dump this cup out and make your latte right now.

  12. Man I love the visually unfortunate expression. I’m going to have to permanently borrow that phrase. I like recipes like this, put stuff in a pot, boil, stir, drink. Nicely done.

  13. This gingerbread latte is freakin’ fantastic, though I am equally intrigued by this praline and cream latte you speak of. Giving this a whirl soon!

  14. I love Gingerbread Latte. When I lived in London I developped a full blown addiction to this beverage. Nice recipe. Looking forward to trying this 🙂