Back in September I shared sweethappylife.com’s brilliant pumpkin spice latte recipe. I didn’t notice that they did some other tasty drinks too, and now it’s coming up to Yule and Christmas I think it’s appropriate to crack out a gingerbread latte, Starbucks style!
What’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need to fork out for the gingerbread syrup, you make your own!
Ingredients (For Gingerbread Syrup)
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine the water, sugar, ginger and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat when the syrup has thickened somewhat. Stir in vanilla extract and allow to cool slightly before using.
Once cooled you can store the syrup in a tupperware or bottle in the fridge for about 2 months. Shake well before using after the syrup has been refrigerated.
Ingredients (For Gingerbread Latte, Makes 1 Serving)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8 oz coffee*
- 3-4 tablespoons gingerbread syrup (according to taste)
- Whipped cream
- Ground cinnamon
Pour milk into your coffee mug. Stir the syrup and add desired amount to mug. Heat milk-syrup mixture in the microwave until hot, about 1 minute. Pour in brewed coffee (I just stick my coffee mug under my Keurig at this point and hit the 8oz setting). Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
*I realize that a “latte” is technically steamed milk + espresso, but I don’t have an espresso machine. If you’re lucky enough to have one I imagine you could increase the amount of milk and use a shot or two of espresso instead of coffee. :)
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Pumpkin Spice Latte
Samhain’s coming up in the next month! Meaning tasty treats for all, I had a look around and found an excellent pumpkin spice latte recipe online (in the source!).
- 1 level tablespoon pumpkin puree (canned)
- 1 cup milk (whole if you dare!)
- 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar (packed and leveled)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg (+ a pinch for dusting later)
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups strong coffee (brewed using 2 tbs per 1 cup of water)
You can also use a shot or two of espresso instead of coffee.
- 4 tablespoons half-and-half
- Sugar to taste
- Whipped cream
Begin brewing coffee.
In a blender puree the milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour into a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the milk is warm and begins to froth slightly. (About 4-5 minutes.) Remove from heat.
For each serving: Pour 1/2 cup of the pumpkin mixture into your coffee mug. Add 2 generous tablespoons of half-and-half (If you’re in the UK like me, use double cream and mix it with semi-skimmed milk at 1 part cream, 1 part milk). Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, then add 1 cup of brewed coffee. Top it off with a touch more ‘pumpkin milk,’ add sugar to taste, then cover with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.
TIP: You can also make a bigger batch of the pumpkin mixture in the blender and store it in the fridge for a couple days. Easy pumpkin spice latte in the mornings!