How to Make Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup

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Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup

When the holidays approach, Starbucks releases a variety of holiday-themed beverages. But now, with this Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup recipe, you can make your own holiday-themed drink even when it's not wintertime. Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup is quite easy to make, as you'll see in the instructions below, and it is sure to give your coffee an extra kick that will make you think Christmas is right around the corner--even if it's in the middle of summer. When you're getting ready to create your gingerbread concoction, keep in mind that Starbucks uses their Gingerbread Syrup primarily with their Gingerbread Latte.

Serves: Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of syrup.

Start to finish: 30 minutes

StarbucksHoliday.jpgCreative Commons image by kimubert
Offered by Starbucks
Customer service phone 800-Starbuc (800-782-7282)[1]
Served as Beverage ingredient
Main ingredients Water, sugar, ginger
Cooking method Simmer
Similar to Vanilla syrup
Author Katrina Robinson

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Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup Ingredients

  • A 4-inch piece of fresh ginger[2]
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract[3]
  • 5 whole cloves[4]

Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup Recipe

  1. Peel and thinly slice your piece of fresh ginger.[2]
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the water and dark brown sugar. Simmer until all of the sugar has dissolved. Be sure that your the pan isn't too small, which could cause the mixture to boil over.[3]
  3. Add the remaining ingredients: ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and cloves, to the sugar syrup and stir.
  4. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes, until thickened.[4]
  6. Strain the syrup to remove the pieces of ginger and whole cloves.
  7. Use in your beverage of choice!

Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup Video

This video shows how to make Gingerbread Syrup with ground ginger, and then goes on to demonstrate how to make a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte.


  • While the above recipe specifies brown sugar, feel free to replace it with granulated white sugar.
  • If you are unable to find fresh ginger at the grocery store, you can substitute two teaspoons of ground ginger instead.[3]
  • If you'd like to give your Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup an extra kick, add a whole star anise along with the rest of the ingredients.[4] Star anise comes from the magnolia tree and has a slightly bitter taste, unlike regular anise seed. It is often used in Asian cuisine as a spice and tea flavoring.[5]

Also See: How to Make Starbucks Vanilla Syrup, How to Make a Starbucks Vanilla Latte, How to Make a Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte, How to Make a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, How to Make a Starbucks Frappuccino


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