Recreate this special holiday treat at home at a fraction of the cost! Instead of using those expensive bottled syrups, I figured out a way to make the gingerbread syrup from scratch, and it is so yummy. I'm sure that you guys could find other ways to use this syrup. It makes the kitchen smell so good while it's bubbling on the stove.
I don't even have an espresso maker - I just use a stovetop espresso maker like this one, and it came out great. It's very similar to Starbucks' gingerbread latte.
DIY Gingerbread Latte
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
A 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot espresso
1 cup hot milk or soy milk
Whipped cream (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer slowly for 15 to 20 minutes.
Combine the espresso in a mug and add 1/4 cup of the gingerbread syrup. Top off with the heated milk. If you desire, garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of grated nutmeg. Enjoy!
(Image: Kathryn Hill)