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How to Make a Gingerbread Latte

We don't know what's better, the smell or the taste of this holiday coffee beverage. The aroma is welcoming and enticing, and the flavor is delicious. Spices, espresso, milk, and sugar swirl together to create a warming, energizing, and cozy drink. This gingerbread latte recipe is so good we made sure you'd have extra syrup to store in the fridge for later!


It's time to dive in and discuss how to make a gingerbread latte. Here are the ingredients, equipment, and steps you need to follow to make the warming beverage.


• 1/2 cup water
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/8 cup unsulfured molasses
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup milk for steaming
• Whipped cream
• Espresso beans or grounds


• Saucepan
• Stove
• Whisk
• Heat-safe container with a lid
• Refrigerator
• Cup
• Espresso machine
• Milk steamer


1. Add water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, molasses, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat over medium heat.

2. Bring to a low boil.

3. Stir occasionally while allowing syrup to simmer for 5 minutes.

4. After 5 minutes, remove from heat and transfer syrup to a heat-safe container.

5. Store in refrigerator.

6. Shake well before each use to mix any settled spices at bottom of container.

7. Place 2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup in cup.

8. Brew 2 shots of espresso and pour over syrup. We used our Fog Chaser.

9. Add steamed milk and garnish with whipped cream.

What makes a gingerbread latte one of the best drinks for the holiday season?

The best holiday drink is one that: 

• Warms you up
• Brings you joy
• Gives you a nice burst of energy
• Smells amazing
• Is sharable
• Can be customized

This recipe checks all the boxes, from the spices and espresso to the generous amount of gingerbread syrup. The festive flavor created with holiday classics - ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses can evoke nostalgia that is perfect for the holiday season. The creamy texture made with steamed milk complements the sweetness and spices of the gingerbread syrup and balances out the robust espresso flavor. Speaking of espresso, the two shots in this drink will give you about 130 milligrams of caffeine to energize you throughout the shopping, parties, and celebrations. Best of all, this recipe encourages sharing with a generous amount of gingerbread syrup.

Can I make my gingerbread latte dairy-free?

Many people need or prefer to drink dairy-free beverages. Whether you are entertaining others or treating yourself, knowing how to make the drink dairy-free can be helpful. The good news is that it is very easy to make this recipe dairy-free. Simply opt for your favorite plant-based milk and whipped cream. Swapping out cow's milk for plant-based milk is simple, and thankfully, there is an easy way to make a delicious dairy-free whipped cream.

To make dairy-free or vegan whipped cream, you only need a can of coconut cream, NOT coconut milk. Place the can into the coldest part of the refrigerator and leave it to chill overnight. Remove the can from the fridge after the can has chilled for at least 12 hours. Be careful not to shake it. Open it up and scoop the cream part out. Place the thick, creamy part into a bowl and leave the watery part in the can. Whip the solid, cold coconut cream with a hand electric or stand mixer until it resembles a nice thick whipped cream. If the consistency is thick, like cream cheese, add a tiny bit of the water from the can and combine. For fun, you can stir in a bit of vanilla and powdered sugar (to taste). Once the coconut whipping cream is complete, dollop a scoop on your gingerbread latte.


What pairs well with a gingerbread latte?

A gingerbread latte pairs beautifully with our Fog Chaser coffee, an iconic fan favorite for a reason. Fog Chaser can be brewed in whole beans, grounds, and OneCUP™ Pods with your favorite method. Regarding the brew, Fog Chaser is a blend of dark and medium roasted beans, which results in an enjoyable medium-dark roast coffee. Fog Chaser's smooth and balanced flavor perfectly pairs with this delicious gingerbread latte's ginger, cloves, and cinnamon spices. But don't just take our word for it. See for yourself!

To explore more recipes, visit our blog. To discover more delicious coffee, shop San Francisco Bay Coffee today!


Coffee Suggestion for Espresso

Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag
Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag

Fog Chaser, 2 lb Bag


Our iconic Fog Chaser is a blend of dark and medium roasted beans which results in a enjoyable medium dark roast coffee. It's a great combination of flavor, balance and smoothness that will chase away even the thickest morning fog.

Roast Level: Medium Dark

Tasting Notes: Flavorful, Balanced and Smooth