What's Not-ta-like about a Gingerbread Latte!
Yes in deed Starbucks sales them, the local coffee shop in the mall sales them- And my kitchen at home has them too! Oh yes, Gingerbread Latte is a favorite coffee drink for many people. It's a drink that reminds me of the fall season, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled up in one. I guess that's because I drink it during these holidays more than the any other time of the year; come to think of it, these spices are also used the most during this time of the year as well. If you love the taste of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or vanilla; then you will love this hot coffee drink. And Oooo yes! You can't drink it without whipped cream and gingerbread cookies either!
Now let's talk about the recipe. The Internet has many different ones that vary slightly. Many of them call for gingerbread flavored syrup but you need to know that this syrup is seasonal in many markets. But don't let that scare you. You can still make delicious gingerbread lattes by making your own homemade syrup. Recipes Below-
If you can't find the syrup at your market and you don't have the time to make it yourself, you can also order it from several online sources.
Recipe 1 / Ingredients:
1/2-1 fluid ounce gingerbread-flavored syrup (seasonal in some markets)
4 ounces espresso
4-5 fluid ounces steamed milk
2-3 tablespoons frothed milk or whipped cream (optional)
1 pinch ground cinnamon
Measure syrup into serving mug or cup.
Brew espresso, and steam the milk, producing a small amount of frothed milk, or crema.
Add espresso to mug or cup, then steamed milk, and top with froth/crema (or whipped cream, if desired). Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon and serve.
Recipe 2 / Ingredients:
2 fluid ounces espresso coffee
2 tablespoons gingerbread flavored syrup
1/2 cup milk, steamed
1/8 cup whipped cream
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
In a coffee mug, combine espresso coffee with flavored syrup. Pour in steamed milk. Top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla powder.
Homemade Gingerbread Syrup
Gingerbread flavored syrup is available seasonally in some markets. Look for it in the flavored syrup aisle. If you can't find it at your market, you can easily make your very own "Homemade Gingerbread Syrup" that's perfect for gingerbread latte and as a syrup pored over coffee cake and pancakes! You can also order it from several online sources.
Gingerbread Syrup Recipe
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup fine granulated sugar (bakers sugar is great for this)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla in a small to medium saucepan.
Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. When done, pour into a melt-proof container and let cool. It will thicken a bit more once cooled.
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