Starbucks Gingerbread Latte copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

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As the holidays come around, so too does this incredible gingerbread latte from Starbucks. Into the coffee house's basic latte recipe go a few pumps of special gingerbread-flavored syrup, and we soon experience the combined sensation of munching on a gingerbread cookie while sipping hot, milky java. Nice. To re-create the experience at home for the holidays at mere fraction of the cost of the real thing, all we have to do is make our own gingerbread syrup with a few common ingredients. When the syrup is done, simply brew some espresso in your espresso machine, steam some hot milk, and throw it all in a cup. Top off your latte with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg as they do at the store, and you'll fool anyone with this hot little clone. By the way, this Starbucks gingerbread latte recipe is for a single grande-size latte but you'll have enough syrup for as many as seven drinks.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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Gingerbread Syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fresh espresso
  • 8 ounces milk, steamed (with a little foam)
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground nutmeg
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      1. Make the gingerbread syrup by combining the water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Be sure the pan is not too small or the mixture could easily bubble over.

      2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the syrup uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat when it's done and slap a lid on it.

      3. Make a double shot of espresso (1/2 cup) using an espresso machine. Use the machine to steam. 8 ounces of milk, or heat up the milk in the microwave if your machine does not foam and steam milk.  

      4. Make your latte by first adding 1/2 cup espresso to a 16-ounce cup. Add 1/4 cup gingerbread syrup, followed by the steamed milk. Stir.

      5. Top off the drink with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

      Makes 1 grande latte (16 ounces).

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Score: 4.69. Votes: 13
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Dec 24, 2015, 22:00

This recipe is spot on and I'll save a lot of money this Christmas on my favourite SB holiday drink. Thanks, Todd!

Dec 27, 2014, 22:00

After looking at Starbucks site, they claimed to use cloves. I used 1 1/2tsp ginger, 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, and a dash (literally a dash, it's a strong spice). I used 1/8th cup of the syrup, 1 shot of espresso via the tassimo machine, rest milk and whip cream and it is almost identical if not slightly better than Starbucks! Also most definitely cheaper! Thank you for this recipe!

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