This Iced Gingerbread Latte requires just 3 ingredients and is so easy to make at home. It taste just like freshly baked gingerbread and will get you in the holiday spirit while giving you a little caffeine boost!
The weather outside may be frightful, but I know plenty of people who only drink iced coffee all year round.
I am personally an advocate for hot coffee in the winter (and year round, actually), but also enjoy a nice iced drink when sitting in the comfort of my warm home. Especially if said iced drink is packed with holiday flavor.
This iced gingerbread latte couldn't be easier to make at home and is packed with lots of fresh baked gingerbread flavor. It's the perfect excuse for a mid-afternoon coffee break in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This iced latte is incredibly easy to make and will fit into your everyday routine during the holiday season. Once you make the gingerbread syrup, just keep a jar of it in your fridge at all times and you can make this coffee drink in minutes!
It's also super customizable. In my recipe, I show you the coffee to syrup to milk ratio that I like the best. But you can easily make this coffee drink stronger, sweeter, or milkier.
And it will quell all your holiday gingerbread cravings, no cookies involved! Of course, sipping this coffee while nibbling on gingerbread cookies is also highly recommended.
You only need 3 ingredients to make the perfect iced gingerbread latte. They include:
- Chilled espresso or strongly brewed coffee
- Gingerbread simple syrup (can be homemade or store-bought- see below for options)
- Whole milk or dairy/dairy alternative of your choice
How to Make an Iced Gingerbread Latte
These lattes are very easy to make, as long as you have gingerbread syrup on hand. I have an entire post dedicated to how to make homemade gingerbread syrup- it's super easy!
All you have to do is simmer together sugar, water, and some spices.
Once you have your syrup ready, simply fill a tall glass with ice.
And pour the gingerbread syrup and cooled espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) into the glass.
Fill the glass the rest of the way with milk or the dairy or nondairy alternative of your choice.
Give it a good stir as the syrup tends to settle on the bottom of the glass and sip away!
This iced gingerbread latte tastes just like fresh baked gingerbread! But I can tell you that it's even more delicious if you sip on it while you're also enjoying some freshly baked gingerbread cookies.
You can even dunk them... Yum!
Coffee to Milk Latte Ratio
Everyone makes lattes a little differently, but the standard coffee to milk ratio for a latte is typically 1:3 (though you may even find coffee shops making them 1:4).
In this latte, I actually did a 1:2 ratio and added two shots of espresso (3 ounces) and 6 ounces of milk. Of course, I also added a shot (1.5 ounces) of that delicious gingerbread syrup.
As you can see from my photos, my iced lattes are still quite milky! But if you have your own iced latte preferences, there's plenty you can do.
How to Customize Latte
Everyone likes their coffee drinks a little bit different (as you probably know from the millions of customizations you can get at Starbucks!) and this recipe is how I like it best.
Use this recipe as a starting point and then add more or less milk or more or less espresso and syrup based on your own tastes.
- If you typically like a milkier drink, use just one shot of espresso (1.5 ounces) and an extra 1.5 ounces milk.
- If you like a sweeter drink, add 2 ounces gingerbread syrup instead of the 1.5 ounces I use.
- If you like a less sweet drink, use 1 ounce of syrup. Just note that your drink will have less gingerbread flavor if you use less syrup.
- And if you want to throw all convention out the window and fully dive into the holidays, replace the milk with eggnog!
There's so much you can do to make this the iced latte of your holiday dreams!
More Gingerbread Recipes
I'm all about gingerbread during the holidays and have plenty of go-to recipes to get my gingerbread flavor fix. Here are some of my favorites:
- Gingerbread Rolls with Eggnog Glaze
- Gingerbread Energy Balls
- Orange Gingerbread Meringues
- Eggnog Gingerbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Chocolate Caramel Fudge
- Gingerbread Puppuccinos (like a gingerbread latte for your dog!)
- Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Cookie Cake
- Triple Gingerbread Ice Cream
- Loaded Gingerbread Cookies (from A Bajillian Recipes)
More Fun Coffee Drink Recipes
If you're excited to sip on more unique and fun coffee drinks this holiday season and beyond, I have quite a few faves, both hot and cold. Here's what I recommend:
- Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
- Apple Crisp Macchiato
- Iced Lavender Latte
- Coffee Avocado Milkshake
- Espresso Soda Cocktail
- Caramel Coffee and Doughnuts Milkshake
- Red Wine Affogato
- Matcha Maca Latte (from Natalie's Health)
I love sipping on one of these iced gingerbread lattes while I'm wrapping gifts and writing Christmas cards.
But they're also so fun to drink while watching holiday movies, especially if you want to keep things alcohol-free. Of course, this latte would also be quite tasty with a splash of bourbon added in....
How strong do you like your lattes?
Iced Gingerbread Latte
- 3 oz. espresso or strongly brewed coffee, chilled
- 1 ½ oz. gingerbread simple syrup
- 6 oz. whole milk or dairy/dairy alternative of your choice
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Pour espresso and simple syrup into glass.
- Fill the glass the rest of the way with milk. Stir and enjoy.
- Use this recipe as a starting point, but feel free to adjust based on your tastes. Add less espresso for a milkier drink, more syrup for a sweeter drink, etc.