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Close-up of a gingerbread latte with cream and sprinkles.
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Gingerbread Latte (with Optional Alcohol)

Boozy gingerbread latte is what is not available in the average coffee shop. All those cosy and comforting flavours associated with this popular drink plus a little kick of alcohol. You really should try it.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Alcoholic Drink, Drink
Cuisine: American, Worldwide
Servings: 1
Calories: 290kcal

Ingredients

For the Boozy Gingerbread Latte

  • 1 teaspoon Coffee granules dissolved in 30ml off-the-boil water or 30ml strong espresso coffee
  • 40 ml Gingerbread syrup
  • 180 ml Whole (full fat) milk
  • 20 ml Coffee liqueur optional

Optional Garnishes

  • Whipped Cream
  • Gingerbread sprinkles
  • Ground cinnamon/ nutmeg
  • grated chocolate

Instructions

Make the Boozy Gingerbread Latte

  • Heat the milk to scalding, then stir in the gingerbread syrup
  • Optional: blitz with a stick blender until frothy
  • Add the alcohol of choice (optional) to a heatproof mug or glass
  • Pour the hot coffee into the mug/ glass
  • Top with the hot gingerbread milk
  • Optional: garnish with whipped cream and toppings of choice

Make the Gingerbread Milk Steamer

  • Heat the milk to scalding, then stir in the gingerbread syrup and blitz with a stick blender until frothy
  • Pour into a heatproof glass
  • Serve

Notes

  • The trick to achieving a luxurious drink is to use either espresso coffee or coffee granules diluted in just a small amount of water so that milk is the dominant liquid in the drink
  • And I do recommend using whole (full-fat) milk for a truly sumptuous finish - it adds just the right level of creamy indulgence to this drink
  • Vary the strenth of the coffee according to your own tastes, but remember that very strong coffee may mask the spice profile of the latte syrup
  • If you are serving at a party then consider setting up a Christmas latte bar including a choice of alcohols (see below), whipped cream, marshmallows, mini gingerbread men or 3D gingerbread houses, sprinkles, grated chocolate and cinnamon sticks. Guests will love assembling their own drinks (and it's one less thing for you to do whilst hosting)
  • Use a slow cooker to keep a large batch of this drink warm during a party. In this instance, I'd leave out the alcohol and let guests add their own at the point of serving since not everybody will welcome that nip of booze in their Christmas latte
 
Using Store-bought syrup
I've never bought gingerbread syrup myself, but I know that Starbucks sell their own version and that Costa use Monin syrups. The exact amount needed to flavour your drink may vary from the measure listed in the recipe (my homemade version has quite a punchy flavour). Start by adding a little (say 1 tablespoon), tasting and adjusting upwards from there.
Making in Advance
Simply multiple the ingredients by however many servings needed and mix the cold milk, brewed coffee and syrup together in a jug. Don't heat it up at this point, simply store it all in the fridge and pour out a serving as required, heating as instructed. Be sure to give everything a good stir before pouring out a serving to ensure the syrup hasn't settled on the bottom of the jug.
Tip: It's a good idea to leave the alcohol out of a large batch, so you don't accidentally pour yourself a boozy coffee at an inappropriate time.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 240ml | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 298mg | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 2mg