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Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

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Sweet molasses and brown sugar laced with warming cinnamon and spicy ginger. Homemade gingerbread syrup makes this Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte a breeze to create your own homemade version! 

overhead angle of gingerbread latte

It’s Monday. It’s time to dust off the weekend cobwebs, recover from the start of holiday parties and get this week over so we can do it all over again next weekend. Here, to save the day – and kick off the 2nd annual Gingerbread Week (!!!!) – is this speak-to-your-soul, sweet and gingery, Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte.

It’s the holiday season and we really don’t need another reason to go to Target do we? Let’s cut out one less line to stand in and dollars to dish out because that tasty, seasonal Starbucks Latte we love to sip as we peruse the aisles can totally be made in the comfort of your own home without changing out of your jammies.

gingerbread syrup pouring into espressp

(Truth though…if you always wear yoga pants no one at Target knows you’re still in your jammies.)

How to make a Gingerbread Syrup

Making the base flavor of this latte is really just making a gingerbread cookie in simple syrup form – sugar, water, flavor.

Ground ginger and molasses give gingerbread it’s signature taste so we will surely be putting those in our sauce pan to become one big happy family.

brown sugar and molasses in a pan

shot of espresso and gingerbread syrup

Bring everything to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. That’s it!

It’s so easy you could do it without caffeination. I said, could, not that you have to.

The Easiest at-home latte

If you didn’t have it on your Christmas list or score one during Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I’ve got the perfect kitchen gadget for all your coffee loving needs.

We got our Nespresso machine as a gift from friends and while the short stack of coffee in my cup was an adjustment at first, I am 100% on the Italian-style coffee train. Climb aboard and ride to caffeination nation friends!

gingerbread latte

This Nespresso pixie machine is first of all on sale, comes with the milk frother, and is the same version we use at home and absolutely love. My favorite coffee pods for the espressso are the ristretto.

If you’re not ready to dish out that kind of dough, a french press will brew perfect home espresso. Frothed milk can be made on the stove top by simmering in a saucepan over low heat while whisking. A little more elbow grease than pressing buttons, but the same result.

close up of frothed milk on latte

Fresh brewed espresso, sweet and spicy gingerbread syrup, luscious frothed milk and a little fresh grated nutmeg and you’ve got yourself your own cup of coffeehouse bliss. You’re just a few fluffy baked gingerbread doughnuts away from a seriously festive start to the day!

steamed milk pouring into gingerbread latte

Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

This Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte is just like the creamy, sweet, and ginger-laced coffee shop latte without the heavy price tag or long lines.
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Course: Non-alcoholic
Cuisine: coffee
Keyword: copycat recipes, copycat starbucks recipes, gingerbread lattes, starbucks lattes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Lauren


Gingerbread Syrup

  • ¼ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

  • 3 tablespoons Gingerbread Syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • fresh grated nutmeg
  • whipped cream optional


Gingerbread Syrup

  • In a medium size saucepan, combine the ingredients.  Heat over medium heat, stirring until combined.
  • Bring to a slow boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes - stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer to a heat proof storage container.  Shake well before each use to redistribute the spices.

Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

  • In a large coffee cup, add two shots of espresso.  Stir in 3 tablespoons of Gingerbread Syrup and top with frothed milk.
  • Scoop the foam of the frothed milk onto the top of the latte.  Freshly grate nutmeg over the foam.
  • Optional: add whipped cream to the top of the milk foam before freshly grating the nutmeg.


  • If you don't have an espresso maker, espresso can be brewed in a french press.
  • To froth the milk without a milk frother, simmer on the stove top over low heat in a sauté pan whisking constantly until a foam forms.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 1mg


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Wednesday 18th of November 2020

How many serving are in this syrup considering that I use 3 tablespoons each time?


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

About 6 servings total


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

This is so delicious! I was desperate to find a gingerbread latte after Starbucks discontinued theirs. Thank you for the great recipe! fyi - I use regular brewed coffee and almond milk.


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Thank you! This is my holiday season must-have too!

wendy Winter

Saturday 10th of October 2020

super easy and delish. i made the pumpkin latte syrup as well. WE love our Nespresso and I use the new Napoli and it's amazing.

Samantha J Morris

Monday 30th of December 2019

I was very disappointed when the GB lattes didn't return this year. Thankfully I found this recipe and i received a K-cafe for Christmas.(thx hubby) So I was eager to try out the recipe and extremely happy to say it taste exactly like a GB latte from ☆bux. Thank you so much.


Saturday 7th of December 2019

I really love this siryp recipe. I alsways prepare a vegan gingerbread latte with the sirup and it's definitely as good as the one @starbucks.