Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

starbucks gingerbread latteStarbucks Gingerbread Lattes are a little taste of heaven in a cup.  I normally prefer small, independently owned coffee houses over Starbucks, but every year in November I find myself peeking into Starbucks to see if the gingerbread lattes have arrived just in time for the Christmas season.  Gingerbread is one of my all-time favorite things, but having a gluten allergy and no aptitude for complicated gluten-free baking, I don’t get to eat it very often (hint, hint mom).  A  Starbucks Gingerbread Latte is the perfect substitute as I inhale the nutmeg sprinkled on top and feel the warmth on it on my throat.  I’m always surprised when the barristers ask if I want cream on top.  Of course I want cream.    It’s just not the same without the rich texture as the cream melts into the espresso.  Calories don’t count when they taste this good do they?  I’ve been excited to see a few other coffee shops offer gingerbread lattes, but after the first sip, I’m disappointed.  It’s just not the same.  Come January I scour the city to see which Starbucks locations still have the requisite gingerbread syrup, waiting in anticipation for the barista’s answer.  Before too long I know that time will come when it’s all gone and my holiday romance with gingerbread lattes will have to wait until the next November to be rekindled.


  1. Laurel says

    @Stephanie – Oh I haven’t tried the pumpkin spice latte. I’ll have to tear myself away from my gingerbread latte to try it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. says

    I’ve never tried the Gingerbread latte will have to go find one today. In December I always get totally addicted to the Eggnog latte from Second Cup, really good! Will also have to try the Pumpkin Spice latte!

  3. says

    Hahahah, I just *knew* you were going to write about this, Laurel. :-)

    I generally stick to lattés, but as it’s approaching summer here, it’s good to get something cool and caffeinated in Santiago de Chile after the long overnight flight. :-)

  4. Laurel says

    @Claire – I’ve never tried the Eggnog one, but as I’m not a fan of eggnog it doesn’t sound too appetizing, although I have heard it’s delicious.

    @Sam – It should be easy to do, I think all you need is gingerbread syrup to make one. Although having a latter and a Gingerbread Man also sounds good.

    @Zhu – I haven’t tried the Peppermint Mocha, but that does sound good!

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