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Gingerbread Latte

written by

Hannah Hale

posted on

December 21, 2023

Christmas is upon us. 

There's nothing quite like snuggling in at night to watch the lights twinkle, basking in the warm glow of a cozy home, feeling surrounded by warm fuzzy things, listening to nostalgic songs, and hearing the fireplace crackle. The only thing that would make this "Hallmark-esque" scene better is the smell and taste of warm gingerbread.

For fellow coffee lovers, I have just the thing. (For tea fans, you could also replace the espresso with a strong cup of chai tea!)

For years, I've searched for a way to combine my love of coffee with classic Christmas flavors and nothing ever seemed quite right. But I think I've found it. 

This Gingerbread Latte is SO close to eating actual gingerbread that it ticks all the requirements without being gritty or TOO strong on the spices. 

You only need a couple of things to make this delicious taste sensation in a mug. 

  1. Your favorite Holiday Mug. (I'm sure you already have one.)
  2. Good coffee. I highly recommend Blue Elk Coffee.*
  3. A good espresso maker. My favorite espresso maker is an Italian Moka Pot. You can even find them in Stainless Steal if you prefer.**
  4. A milk frother. I prefer a handheld option so I don't have a large appliance cluttering my kitchen.

After you have those basic tools, you're ready to make your latte.

Start with a double shot (or 1 moka pot) of very hot espresso. 

Mix in your cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course ginger. 

Add a pinch of REAL salt, maple syrup, and molasses.

Stir in your favorite vanilla, and set the mug aside. 

In a separate cup, froth your milk. (Raw milk is preferred but, of course, any milk will work.) 

Pour your frothed milk over the coffee, toss a dash of nutmeg and ginger across the top, and enjoy.

We hope you take time to relax this holiday season as we end 2023. Let us remember, relax, and rejuvenate. 

Merry Christmas to all.

Live well,

Hannah

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RECIPE: 

Gingerbread Latte

1 double shot of espresso - caffeinated or decaf. (can also substitute Chai tea)

2 tsp. molasses (reduce based on personal preference)

2 tsp. maple syrup

1 pinch ground cinnamon

1 pinch of ground nutmeg

2 pinches ground ginger

1 pinch of REAL salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 - 1 cup frothed milk (warmed)

Mix all ingredients except for milk in a festive mug. Set aside. Froth milk and pour slowly over the coffee mix. Top with a garnish of nutmeg and ginger. Enjoy warm.

*Blue Elk Coffee Company is a roastery located in Staunton, VA. Owners Jeff and Nova Jean are presently featuring direct-trade coffee from 5 ranches in El Salvador. They profit share 50/50 with the growers for all coffee they roast - AND they're part of the Polyface Team!

**Moka is the original stovetop espresso maker. It provides the experience of the real Italian way of preparing a tasteful coffee. They were invented in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti. It is Made in Italy.


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