Embrace the holiday season with this gingerbread latte, a festive way to start your day! The latte is warm and comforting with a hint of molasses, cinnamon, and ginger, topped off with thick, frothed milk.
This homemade gingerbread latte is a fun and festive way to start your day.
★ Why You’ll Love this Recipe ★
Embrace the holiday season with something a little extra special in your mug.
This flavorful latte is warm and comforting with a hint of molasses, cinnamon, and ginger. Like your favorite Christmas cookies, in a mug!
This festive latte is easy to make at home.
Skip the line and the large coffee shop bill and make this latte at home. It's easy to do. Even if you don't own an espresso machine or a fancy milk frother. You don't need a long list of ingredients either.
Just a few simple ingredients come together to create this magical drink!
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
Here's everything you'll need:
- Brewed espresso. You can brew espresso using an espresso maker of course if you have one. If not though, did you know you can brew espresso using a a Keurig? Just purchase espresso k-cups and you're good to go.
- Molasses. You want regular molasses not black strap. Black strap is more condensed and bitter so combined with bitter coffee beans, can be too much bitterness. It works in a pinch, but regular molasses is the best option.
- Brown sugar. You can use light or dark. Dark will have a touch more molasses so you're get a more rich flavor.
- Cinnamon. Ground cinnamon powder is all you need.
- Ginger. Ground ginger powder.
- Whole milk. You can also use oat milk or soy milk if you prefer.
★ How to Make this Recipe ★
Here's a look at how this latte is made, step-by-step.
- Brew espresso.
- Whisk in brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon and ginger.
- Froth the milk.
- Add spiced espresso to your mug.
- Top with frothed milk.
- Sprinkle the top with a bit of ginger or cinnamon for garnish.
- Serve hot!
Note, you do not need a fancy milk frother. You can froth milk by hand using a whisk or use a simple wand frother.
★ Tips & FAQs★
How to Froth Milk without a Frother
There are a couple ways to do this. To froth milk you will need to heat it to a temperature of about 140-155ºF. Then you will need to add air to thicken the warmed milk.
You can heat the milk on the stovetop or using the microwave for about 1 minute or just until it start to bubble.
Using a whisk, beat the milk until it thickens. Simple as that.
Now, if you froth milk a lot, you could invest in a electric frothing wand. They are very affordable and also make a great gift or stocking stuffer for latte lovers. This is essentially an electronically powered, very small whisk that aerates and thickens warmed milk in just seconds.
You can also go a step further and purchase an electric milk steamer and frother which takes care or 2 steps for you. It heats the milk to the perfect temperature and also froths it. Again, a great gift for those who enjoy a frothed topping on their coffee! And these are surprisingly affordable as well.
Can this be made as an iced latte?
Yes! Here's how: Stir together the hot espresso, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger until the brown sugar has dissolved. Pour the espresso mixture over ice and top with cold milk. Stir and enjoy.
Can instant espresso be used?
Yes. In a pinch, you can use instant espresso. However, I find the brewed espresso has a much more desirable flavor.
Can this be made more or less sweet?
Absolutely. You can adjust the amount of sugar used to sweeten or tone down the sweetness as you desire.
Try eggnog in place of milk.
Want to go all in on the season? Have some eggnog laying around? You can substitute the milk with eggnog. Heat and froth just like you would the milk.
You will probably want to eliminate or reduce the amount of brown sugar you add if using eggnog so its not too sweet. Adjust the sugar to your own taste preference.
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Are you a fan of gingerbread?
This homemade gingerbread latte recipe was featured on South Your Mouth!
- 6 oz freshly brewed espresso
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon molasses divided
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger optional
- ½ cup whole milk
- Add hot espresso, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger to your mug and stir until brown sugar has dissolved.
- Froth the milk according to your preference (see notes below).Once frothed, pour over top of the spiced espresso. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or ginger enjoy.
How to Froth Milk
- With a stand frother: add the milk to the frother and turn it on. The frother will automatically turn off when the milk is ready (about 30 seconds).
- With a wand frother: heat the milk to steaming on the stovetop or in the microwave. Then froth until the milk has doubled in size — about 15 seconds.
- Without a frother: head the milk to steaming on the stovetop or in the microwave. Transfer the milk to a blender and blend until frothy — about 30 seconds. You can also make frothed milk using a french press — simply add the warm milk to the french press and quickly pull the plunger up and down until frothed (about 30 seconds).