Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe

I know this might be early but I can’t help it.  It is that time of year again!  Starbucks will soon have Gingerbread Lattes available at a store near you.  I remember a couple years ago when a friend of mine told me how good they were.  I tried one and I was hooked.  I don’t go to Starbucks that often but when there is an opportunity for a treat I will try and get one of these.  HERE is some more information including nutritional information at Starbucks.com.

About two years ago I discovered this fabulous recipe for the Gingerbread syrup.  I like to make the syrup and use it in Dunkin Donuts coffee, that I make at home.  Yummy!

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Source of Recipe –  Top Secret Recipes, by Todd Wilbur

Gingerbread Syrup
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 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)

Garnish
whipped cream
ground nutmeg
Recipe

1. Make the gingerbread syrup by combining 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 mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 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 themicrowave 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.

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