Last year I was honestly devastated that Starbucks announced that they’d be taking the beloved gingerbread spice latte off their holiday menu. And I honestly believe it was the first set of disappointments that lead into 2020 being such a difficult year. Year after year I always await the release of their holiday drinks because sipping on a hot gingerbread latte just feels right during the Christmas season.
But where necessity begets invention, I wasn’t about to let Starbucks ruin my gingerbread cravings. So, I set out to make my own gingerbread spice mix to include not just in my coffee, but as a wonderful way to brighten a variety of seasonal goods such as pancakes, breads, smoothies, and so much more.
An espresso machine is on my Christmas list this year and I can’t wait to begin learning how to make my own lattes right at home, but mixing this homemade seasoning right in with my coffee grounds before brewing was just what I needed to get my gingerbread fix each morning.
Here’s the simple ingredients that help add a festive touch to any coffee.
Gingerbread spice is a very easy spice mix to make from the comfort of home and you may even be surprised to find that your pantry probably is already stocked with its ingredients. I regularly bake a lot at home and when I first made this mix myself I was happy to find I didn’t need to run to the store!
Basic Gingerbread Spice Ingredients:
All you need to do is mix all of these ingredients together and store in an air-tight container! This batch has lasted me not only all season long, but I still have leftovers from last year! Note that some spices are stronger than others so I recommend playing with each one a tablespoon at a time with more cinnamon, all-spice, and ginger. You’ll only need about a teaspoon of clove and nutmeg to achieve the flavor you’re looking for.
Pumpkin spice has very similar ingredients, but is more cinnamon forward. Gingerbread is more balanced with cinnamon, all-spice, and ginger playing an equal role with a sprinkle of clove and nutmeg to round it out. I always suggest playing with how much you add to your own mix since everyone’s palate can be so different. Plus it’s fun to play around with!
Add to coffee or bake it!
Simply add 1-2 tablespoons to your coffee grounds and brew! I love adding creamer or half and half to lighten it (or even vigorously shake to froth before adding!) and enjoy! You can even use this spice mix in your baking by adding it to your favorite bakes like cookies, breads, and pastries. There’s no limit to how you can incorporate your spice mix this season!