Skip the coffee shop and celebrate the holidays with this easy homemade Gingerbread Latte recipe. Make it vegan with non-dairy milk!
Gluten-Free, Vegan Option
Ready in 5 minutes
I feel like there has been a lot of Christmas hate going ’round this year. Yes, I agree, the Christmas season does seem to be getting earlier and earlier each year. And yes, I get there are other holidays (*cough* Thanksgiving *cough*) that are getting overshadowed by Christmas music on the radio and eggnog on store shelves. But what I don’t get is why people get so darn upset about it.
If it’s important to you to celebrate Christmas only after a certain date, cool. Go for it. I don’t think anyone is holding a gun to your head in October and forcing you to shotgun gallons of eggnog while hanging tinsel (if they are, I’m so sorry, that sounds terrible). But you don’t have to hate on those of us that are more than happy to bring out the Bing Crosby records a little bit early.
In general, I’m a fan of embracing the present, but when it comes to Christmas, I like to slowly ramp up to full celebration over a few months. Since I’m a bit of an introvert, all the joy and sparkles and gifts and crafts and family and cookies and booze are just too much for me if I try to pack it all in 30 days. So I spread it out. I slowly bring myself up to a full rolling boil of cheer instead of turning the burner of festivity on full blast on Black Friday. It works for me. It’s how I’m still a happy ball of Cass on December 25th, instead of turning into a mopey, overwhelmed, overstimulated Scrooge. Trust me, you like me better when I start celebrating Christmas somewhere around November 1st.
So understanding that, you should be pretty impressed that I’ve waited this long before showering you with something gingerbread-y or peppermint-y or eggnog-y. The truth is, I’ve been doing holiday recipe development in my kitchen for weeks now, but I was too afraid to put it out there because of all the backlash I’ve been seeing. But I’m coming out of the Christmas closet. Because the truth is, I’m in love with Christmas, and I don’t care who knows it. I just have so darn much cheer to share!
If you’re like me, and maybe trying to ease yourself into the Christmas spirit, this gingerbread latte is a great place to start. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, and so warm and comforting you’ll think you’re in a picture print by Currier and Ives. And if you really want to get the whole Starbucks vibe going at home, you can pick yourself up a red coffee mug and serve it up that way with some indie pop Christmas music playing in the background (I recommend this album or this one or this one—I can keep going).