Gingerbread Coffee Recipe

Whether it’s “the most wonderful time of the year” or just another workday, everybody gets a hankering for something holiday-flavored once in a while.

It’s a natural part of life.

But sometimes, even if you’re craving something festive, rich, and creamy, you’re just not feeling another cup of hot cocoa. You need a pick-me-up! Right?

How about some Gingerbread Coffee?

That’s right. We’re talking about a drink that can bring those Christmas cookies (along with a kick of caffeine) right to your glass!

We’ll walk you through our gingerbread coffee recipe so you can satisfy that holiday fix you’re craving!

a simple guide on preparing a gingerbread latte
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Gingerbread Coffee

A simple drink to create, this gingerbread latte is bound to get you in a festive mood and satisfy your need for some holiday spirit.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword gingerbread coffee
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp gingerbread syrup

Instructions

  1. Brew up a batch of coffee. Fill up each cup roughly a quarter of the way with coffee.

  2. Add roughly 1 tbsp of syrup into each cup, and mix until dissolved.

  3. Fill the cups the rest of the way with coffee. Add in half and half.

  4. Top off the drink with the whipped cream and sprinkle some ground cloves on top.

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How to Make Gingerbread Coffee

It looks like a hefty list of ingredients, but most of these are just the coffee basics and spices. It’s really quite easy to make!

Note: This recipe makes 3 servings but can easily be doubled or tripled for a group or a party.

Ingredients

The Gingerbread Syrup

  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (heaping)
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses

Other Item:

  • 1 bowl
  • Cheesecloth (optional)

Extra Notes:

  • As is usually the case with spices, these are all “to taste”, so don’t be afraid to crank up or tone down the quantity of each one until you find the blend that’s right for you. Just make sure not to drown out that coffee flavor!
  • While it’s not officially part of the recipe, if nutmeg is your thing, feel free to add a pinch to the mixture to give it even more of a festive taste!
    You can use milk, skim milk, fat-free half and half, etc., but be aware that if you use a milk rather than a cream you’ll lose some of that smooth, thick consistency that gives this drink such a rich flavor!

Method

  1. Begin by making your gingerbread syrup. In a bowl, thoroughly mix together the cinnamon, ground ginger, baking soda, brown sugar, and molasses.
  2. Once the syrup is mixed, get out your Chemex, French Press, etc., and brew up a batch of coffee. Make sure to do this after you make the syrup so that your coffee doesn’t get cold!
  3. Fill up each cup roughly a quarter of the way with coffee.
  4. Add roughly 1 tbsp of syrup into each cup, and mix until dissolved.
  5. (Optional) Strain out the spices with a cheesecloth. If you choose not to strain, the spices will settle to the bottom of the cup.
  6. Fill the cups the rest of the way with coffee.
  7. Add in half and half.
  8. Finally, top off the drink with the whipped cream and sprinkle some ground cloves on top.

Extra Notes:

  • You can double or triple the quantity of the syrup mixture and keep it for any time you want a delicious cup of gingerbread coffee. You can even prepare a batch and give it as a gift for a fellow coffee lover!
  • Try using hot water to warm up your mugs before pouring the coffee in.
  • If you want, you can make your own whipped cream by beating heavy cream on high speed for several minutes with a mixer. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even make cinnamon whipped cream!

A Few Other Suggestions for Your Gingerbread Latte

We want you to feel free to have some adventurous fun with this one!

The beauty of this recipe is that you can play around with the ingredients to your heart’s content…and still end up with an amazing drink.

Seriously, experiment with the spice levels in the syrup, and then go nuts with the actual Gingerbread Latte preparation.

Try frothing the half and half for a different drink texture, increasing or decreasing the sweetness level, and even try different kinds of brewing methods to change the taste of the coffee itself. 

If you’re feeling especially indulgent, why not place some miniature gingerbread cookies on top of the whipped cream?

We all deserve a treat sometimes!

The message here? HAVE FUN WITH IT!


... And that’s it! 

A simple drink to create, this gingerbread latte is bound to get you in a festive mood and satisfy your need for some holiday spirit.

A quick word of warning, though: don’t treat this one like a simple cup of coffee. It’s filling!

That makes it a great one to sip when that mid-afternoon snack craving hits or even after a meal to “fill up the corners.”

What did you think of it? 

Comment below and let us know! And, of course, if you liked the recipe, share it!

Alex
 

Alex is the Founder and Editor of Homegrounds.co. He is passionate about brewing amazing coffee at home, and teaching others to do the same.

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