How to Make a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

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Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

With this Starbucks gingerbread latte recipe, there's no need to wait until the holidays to enjoy this limited-time Starbucks beverage. While this coffee drink is typically only offered seasonally by the cafe chain, the ingredients are available year-round and the recipe itself is quite simple. Starbucks sells its own gingerbread-flavored syrup, making this latte a snap for those who have it on hand. However, home baristas can also create the syrup at home with just a few ingredients.

Starbucks claims that this beverage has the flavor of freshly-baked gingerbread, and it can be a satisfying option for those who prefer to drink their dessert, as well as those who like a sweet, creamy pick-me-up in the morning.


Offered by Starbucks
Customer service phone 800-782-7282
Served as Beverage
Main ingredients Espresso, ginger, sugar, whipped cream
Cooking method Simmering, brewing
Similar to Ginger spice latte
Author Selena Robinson

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Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup espresso
  • 1 cup milk[1]
  • Whipped cream
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Gingerbread syrup (store-bought or use the ingredients below)

Gingerbread Syrup Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon[2]
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe

  1. Pour the water, sugar, vanilla extract, ginger and cinnamon into a heavy saucepan.[3]
  2. Heat the water, sugar and spice mixture until it begins to boil.
  3. Turn heat down to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until desired thickness has been reached.
  4. Brew the espresso.
  5. Steam the milk.
  6. Pour the espresso into a tall glass or mug.
  7. Add 1/4 cup of the gingerbread syrup.
  8. Pour the steamed milk on top.
  9. Top with a tablespoon or two of whipped cream.
  10. Sprinkle the nutmeg on top.

Making a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

Step-by-step instructions on assembling a Starbucks gingerbread latte


  • For a more aromatic ginger flavor, you can buy fresh ginger and grate it for the syrup instead of using the dried spice.
  • Strong regular coffee can replace the espresso if you don't have an espresso machine.
  • For a healthier version, instead of using syrup you may heat the ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and coffee with molasses and a natural sugar substitute like stevia.
  • For a vegan version, top with warm soy milk or almond milk instead of dairy milk.[4]

Also See: How to Make a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, How to Make a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, How to Make a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte, How to Make Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, How to Make Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup, How to Make a Starbucks Frappuccino, How to Make a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino