My Husband and I love our coffee. Our favorite things to do on the weekend is explore cute little towns and find a cute little coffee shop and just spend some quality time together. So I’m going to share my love of coffee with you by starting this new Coffee Break series where we’ll make coffee and chat! For the holidays whenever that certain coffee shop debut those special red cups, I usually race to get that Gingerbread Latte. But this year I decided I’m going to make my own at home. It’s super easy and I get to save that extra money to spend on gifts for my friends and family. To make the gingerbread syrup I’m going to take a medium saucepan and add in ½ cup of water, ½ cup of sugar, I’m using granulated sugar but you can also use brown sugar to give it that extra bit of molasses-y taste, a piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced. ½ tsp of vanilla extract, ¼ nutmeg, and ¼ tsp of cinnamon.
I’m going to bring it to a boil until the sugar dissolves and then I’ll turn down the heat low to let it simmer for about 20 minutes. This will steep the ginger and give it that really good gingerbread taste. Plus the kitchen’s going to smell really good too. I’m using the Gingerbread syrup right away. I’ll take a mug and add 2 tbsps of my gingerbread syrup. But if you don’t finish it, it can be stored in a jar and refrigerated for about a week. Make sure to remove that piece of ginger though unless you like it super strong. Usually an espresso machine is best but today I’m using my Vietnamese coffee filter! I’m adding a heaping tbsp of ground coffee to the filter, and taking the metal filter piece, I’ll gently tamp it down.
Next, I’ll pour¼ cup of boiling hot water and letting it do it’s thing. This little contraption brews super strong coffee that’s perfect for the latte. When the drip is done I’ll add a cup of steamed milk that I heated up on the stove and then I’ll pour it over the coffee and gingerbread syrup, letting it mix together. To make it extra decadent I’ll add some whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg on top. Everyone loves the pumpkin spice latte but my personal favorite is the gingerbread latte. What’s your favorite drink?