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Close up of this gingerbread christmas latte in a glass mug sitting on a wooden board and topped with a dusting of ground cinnamon. The gingerbread latte is surrounded by coffee beans, gingerbread cookies, a Christmas plant, and holiday linen napkin.

Bring a little holiday cheer to your morning routine with this gingerbread cafe au lait recipe! This easy winter coffee recipe is perfect for those who love all those fancy Christmas coffee drinks.


‘Cafe au lait’ is the French way to say ‘coffee with milk’. A cafe au lait is made with strong brewed coffee and steamed milk, and most often served with equal parts coffee to milk (there is no hard and fast rule on this ratio though).

A latte on the other hand is made with espresso, steamed milk, and topped with foamed milk. A latte will generally contain 1-2 ounces of espresso and 8+ ounces of milk.


Level of difficulty: Easy.

Flavor: Coffee accented with warm winter spices, reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie

Time: It will take you less than 5 minutes prepare your gingerbread latte

Ingredients needed to make this winter coffee recipe. Includes: homemade gingerbread syrup, hot coffee, and milk. The gingerbread latte ingredients are surrounded by christmas plants, coffee beans, and a holiday linen napkin.


Hot, Strong Brewed Coffee: put your morning coffee on to brew as usual

Gingerbread Simple Syrup: this homemade gingerbread syrup is great for all kinds of holiday drinks - get the recipe here

Milk: you can use whatever milk you prefer (dairy or non-dairy) in this winter coffee recipe. I recommend using 2% or whole dairy milk.

Ground Cinnamon: for adding a little dusting on top


  1. Brew your morning coffee as usual

  2. Pour milk into a liquid measuring cup and heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to warm it up

  3. Froth warmed milk with a handheld milk frother

  4. While the milk is warming up, add gingerbread syrup and coffee into your mug. Fill your mug about ⅔ full with coffee

  5. Top with frothed milk and a few dashes of cinnamon

  6. Sip and enjoy!

Top down view of a gingerbread latte. This Christmas latte sits on a wooden board and is surrounded by gingerbread cookies, coffee beans, a package of coffee, a Christmas plant, and a holiday linen napkin.


Want to reduce the number of dishes you use? Warm and froth the milk mixture in the mug you plan to use. If you don’t care too much about the amount of frothy milk on top of your gingerbread coffee, warm and froth the milk mixture in the mug you plan to use. Then add the gingerbread syrup and coffee, stir, and top with a few dashes of cinnamon.

What is the best milk to use for a cafe au lait? You can use any type of milk you like to make this winter coffee recipe.

  • Dairy milk: 2% or whole milk are both great options. Note: the higher the fat content is in your milk, the better it will froth.

  • Non-dairy milk: oat milk or almond milk are both good alternatives to dairy milk. If you have another non-dairy milk preference, go for it!

Prefer a decaf gingerbread latte? Use your favorite decaf coffee when making this recipe. Want to enjoy one of these in the evening but not be up all night? Swap in your favorite decaf roast and enjoy!

Want a boost of nutrition? Try adding a scoop of collagen to your gingerbread coffee! If you want to add some nutrition and protein to your morning coffee, adding a scoop of collagen to your warmed milk before frothing it is a great option! I like and use this collagen.

Top with whipped cream for an extra special treat! Top your gingerbread flavored coffee drink with whipped cream for next level holiday merriment.


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