Gingerbread coffee syrup makes for a sweet holiday-flavored addition to your morning latte, or your afternoon happy hour! Flavored with ginger, cardamom, and allspice, this syrup melts effortlessly into coffee, whether you make yours with or without the optional splash of vodka. 

Gingerbread coffee syrup in a small glass bottle with festive decorations.

Gingerbread coffee syrup combines all the best holiday spices into one gingersnap-flavored syrup. 

Mixed with your coffee or latte in the morning, it adds depth and sweetness to your favorite warm beverage. 

It may remind you of popular syrups from Starbucks or torani, but this gingerbread syrup has an optional twist that really sets it apart: you can add a tablespoon of vodka to help preserve the syrup, making this the perfect coffee syrup for your after-dinner night cap.

Gingerbread coffee syrup and lattes.

About this gingerbread coffee syrup

Adding a splash of gingerbread coffee syrup to your drink will be your new favorite morning routine! Comforting, flavorful, and long-lasting, this coffee syrup takes only 5 minutes to make but lasts for months.

Gingerbread coffee syrup also makes a great gift! It has a long shelf life, can be packaged in a festive bottle, and has so many uses, from hot or iced lattes to evening cocktails.

You can also adapt this recipe to make it sugar-free, so you can save a few extra calories for those delicious holiday cookies. Simply swap the sugar for stevia or your favorite sugar substitute. Bonus points if you enjoy this gingerbread coffee syrup while snacking on a Christmas cookie!

Once you try a splash of this syrup in your morning joe, you’ll be sure to keep a generous stash on hand. And don’t say we didn’t warn you: if you gift this syrup once, your friends and family will be sure to ask for it again and again!

Gingerbread coffee syrup in a small glass bottle.

What’s in gingerbread coffee syrup

  • water 
  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground allspice
  • dried clove, whole 
  • ground cardamom
  • lemon juice
Overhead view of ingredients needed for gingerbread coffee syrup.

How to make gingerbread syrup

Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to boil over medium high heat.

Ingredients simmering in a saucepan.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 mins–until sugar is completely dissolved.

Coffee syrup in a pan.

Strain through a very fine sieve or tea/coffee filter

Syrup being poured into a jar.

Fill your sterilized bottles while syrup is still hot.

Gingerbread syrup in a jar.

How to make this simple syrup your own

  • You can adjust the spices to your taste, maintaining the ratios of spices to liquids.
  • If you plan to gift this syrup, look for festive glass bottles that can be reused. 
  • This syrup makes a great addition to a coffee gift basket--include your favorite coffee, a cute mug, and this syrup.
  • You can also add this syrup to a happy hour gift basket. You could include coffee, vodka, and coffee liqueur.
Gingerbread syrup in a festive bottle.

Make Ahead Ideas

  • Make sure your bottles are very clean and the sugar is completely dissolved so your sugar does not crystalize. If your syrups crystalizes, just heat it up and try again!
  • Adding the lemon juice is important to preserve the syrup. It will help to avoid molding. 
  • The syrup will stay good for around 4 months if filled up hot. If you want it to last longer add 1 tablespoon of vodka after cooking.
  • If you let it cool down before filling it up it will last around 3 weeks in the fridge.
Dark brown syrup in a Christmas-themed bottle.

Storage Suggestions

Store opened syrup in the fridge.

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Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Coffee Syrup

Gingerbread coffee syrup makes for a sweet holiday-flavored addition to your morning latte, or your afternoon happy hour! Flavored with ginger, cardamom, and allspice, this syrup melts effortlessly into coffee, whether you make yours with or without the optional splash of vodka.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water 8.6 ounces/240ml
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar 8.6 ounces/240 grams
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 dried clove whole
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Clean and sterilize a bottle that can contain at least 10 ounces or two small ones (note 1) and set aside.
    Overhead view of ingredients needed for gingerbread coffee syrup.
  • Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to boil over medium high heat.
    Ingredients simmering in a saucepan.
  • Reduce heat to medium – low and simmer for around 10 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved (note 2), stirring occasionally.
    Coffee syrup in a pan.
  • Strain through a very fine sieve or a tea/coffee filter.
    Syrup being poured into a jar.
  • Fill still hot into the bottle (note 3) and keep in the fridge once opened.
    Gingerbread coffee syrup in a small glass bottle with festive decorations.

Notes

  • Makes about 10 ounces.
  • It´s important that the bottle is very clean, otherwise the syrup can turn bad or crystallize. You can easily sterilize the empty glass bottle in the microwave. Just fill it with a bit of water and microwave until the water is boiling. Then microwave another 60 seconds. On the stove bring water in a big pot to boil, add the glass bottles with the lid (if also glass or metal) and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and put bottles on a clean towel.
  • The sugar needs to be completely dissolved to prevent crystallization
  • Be cautious and work very cleanly. Just one sugar crystal can cause the syrup to crystallize Adding the lemon juice is important for the preservability. It will help to avoid molding.
Serving: 0.5oz, Calories: 50kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg