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Labor Day marks the official release of fun seasonal flavors of your favorite latte. Feel free to order pumpkin spiced lattes or salted caramel mochas until your pants don’t fit anymore, or until Starbucks takes them off the menu. Whichever comes first.
However, I’ll warn you. Not all seasonal flavors are created equal. Don’t go and try to order a gingerbread latte until November because you’ll be out of luck (and the barista will look at you like you’ve grown a third eye).
Ask me how I know.
It seems silly… to put Christmas decor on shelves in August, when the holiday is still over four months away, yet you can’t get a Christmas-flavored latte to go with those decorations.
Isn’t against the law or something to Christmas shop without a latte?
Anyway, I created my own gingerbread latte a couple weeks ago and tried to order one earlier this week to test it out. You know, “research.” But I was told the gingerbread flavor wasn’t available until November.
What in the world is going on around here?! I can get EGGNOG ice cream at the grocery store but I can’t get PUMPKIN ice cream… Yet I can get PUMPKIN latte’s and no GINGERBREAD?!
If you ask me, these coffee shops and ice cream makers and everyone else who creates “seasonal flavors” to entice us pumpkin/caramel/gingerbread/eggnog fans need to coordinate their calendars. It’s starting to confuse me, and don’t I look like the silly one when I go back into the same Starbucks and try to order the same gingerbread latte from the same barista and it’s still not there yet… *sigh*
Gingerbread is the unsung, redheaded step-child of the latte’s. Sweet and spicy and tastes like cake in a cup – what’s not to love? (And aren’t those snowman shaped measuring spoons so cute!)
Fortunately, making a homemade gingerbread latte means you’re a step ahead of everyone else. Make whenever you want – October, March or July – and avoid the third-eye stares. You can even put it in a look-alike Starbucks cup to start Christmas shopping even though it’s not even Halloween yet. On the other hand, if you’re saving money by making your own gingerbread latte, why not start Christmas shopping? 😉
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- Combine spices in a small container with a lid; shake well.
- To make "one serving," measure ¼ tsp of mixed spice with molasses, maple syrup and vanilla if using. Stir well to combine.
Don't skip out on the molasses - your latte won't taste the same without it!
I made a half batch of this and it lasted me well over two weeks with just one person drinking it, so one full batch should last at least two weeks with two people flavoring their drinks. With the spices pre-mixed, you’ll be ready to make all sorts of yummy holiday drinks:
- Gingerbread Coffee Creamer: one serving of gingerbread spice + 2 Tbsp half & half
- Gingerbread Latte: one serving of gingerbread spice + 1 cup strong coffee + 1/2 cup preferred hot milk (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Gingerbread Tea: one serving of gingerbread spice + 1 cup of chai tea (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Gingerbread Warmer: one serving of gingerbread spice + 1 cup warm milk
- Gingerbread Hot Chocolate: one serving of gingerbread spice+ single serving of homemade instant hot cocoa
- Gingerbread Kid-Friendly “Latte”: one serving of gingerbread spice + 1 cup warmed apple juice/cider + 1 Tbsp half & half (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Gingerbread Yogurt: one serving of gingerbread spice + 1 cup regular or Greek yogurt
Looking for more?
- add into your favorite pancake or waffle batter
- use it to spice homemade granola
- season a hot bowl of oatmeal
- combine with 1 cup of yogurt and a banana for a simple gingerbread smoothie
What would YOU season with gingerbread? And do you need a latte in-hand to Christmas shop?
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