4.75 from 4 votes

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte is my go-to fall and winter drink. This slow cooker gingerbread latte recipe is easy to make, and great for serving up to guests. It warms you up, gives you those rich spices that make you feel like fall is in the air, and tastes beyond amazing. 

Gingerbread latte with whipped cream on top and a cookie.

I don’t know of any fancy coffee shops near me so I usually make my own specialty drinks. Normally just drink coffee, but once in awhile I like to indulge in a special treat! I make sure to savour every last drop.

This Gingerbread Latte recipe is made in the slow cooker. It tastes divine and perfect to enjoy on a cold winter’s day. Even if you do live near a Starbucks or Second Cup, sometimes you just don’t feel like venturing outside in this kind of weather. I’m a homebody in the winter months and will choose to stay home than go out to try and wipe a mountain of snow off my car.


  • Milk – I used 2% milk.
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground ginger
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract – Make your own homemade vanilla extract.
  • Brewed black coffee
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
Ingredients to make gingerbread lattes.

How to Make a Gingerbread Latte

  • Step One: Pour the milk in to the slow cooker and add in spices, sugar and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Steps to make gingerbread lattes.
  • Step Two: Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours, but keep an eye on it if it gets too hot. You don’t want the milk to boil.
Steps to make gingerbread lattes.
  • Step Three: After 3 hours, turn off the slow cooker. Pour into mugs about half way and then add hot coffee to fill up the mugs. 
Steps to make gingerbread lattes.
  • Step Four: Stir to mix. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.
Gingerbread latte with whipped cream and a cookie.

Pair this recipe with one of my Gingerbread desserts

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte

Instead, grab your slow cooker, some milk and coffee, and spices from your pantry. Whip up a steaming hot mug of decadence. Gingerbread may be more known as a holiday drink, but I crave them all winter long.

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    The hardest part about this recipe is waiting the three hours for it to be ready! It’s delayed gratification. My house smells spicy and sweet and the taste makes the wait worthwhile.

    You might also like this Slow Cooker Chai Latte.

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    What Does a Gingerbread Latte Taste Like 

    In all honesty, like Christmas in a cup. You have all the spices that make you think of the holiday season, in a creamy and smooth drink. Add that dollop of whipped cream on top, and it takes this to a whole new level of tasty. 

    Can I Substitute for Almond Milk in Gingerbread Latte Recipe 

    Yes. You can use almond milk, coconut milk or even soy. This recipe is super versatile to fit your needs. I would use a vanilla or plain milk and not use any other flavor if you do decide to swap out the milk. Just make sure like the regular milk your slow cooker doesn’t boil the milk.

    Topping Ideas For Gingerbread Latte

    • Dollop of Whipped Cream
    • Drizzle of Caramel Sauce
    • Crumble of Gingerbread Cookie 
    • Side of Gingerbread Cookies
    • Gingerbread Sprinkles
    Gingerbread latte in a glass mug.

    You don’t have to add any topping to the latte, but if you do those are a few of my favorite ways to serve it up. If I am serving it at the holidays and have guests over, I set out all the items and let them decorate their drinks as they prefer. 

    Tools Needed For Gingerbread Latte

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    Look at how low maintenance this recipe is! Minimal items are needed to get that coffee shop quality latte at home. 

    How to Make Gingerbread Latte

    Add in your milk, spices, sugar, and vanilla into your slow cooker. Give it a good stir, and then cover and cook on low for up to three hours. Make sure that the mixture doesn’t boil, that it stays calm in the slow cooker. 

    After the time is up, stir and then spoon the mixture halfway up in a cup. Then pour in some fresh coffee of your choice. Mix, garnish with whipped cream and serve. 

    Close up of gingerbread latte.

    What is the Best Coffee to Use for Gingerbread Latte 

    Any coffee that you enjoy will work. Whether you want a decaf version or reach for a stronger coffee. Any works, you just want a plain coffee. If you add a flavored coffee into the mix, it will affect the gingerbread flavor and could make the drink taste a bit off. 

    Can I Use Espresso in Place of Coffee 

    Sure. If you want a stronger flavor to feel free to swap out the coffee for espresso. Just do a shot or two of espresso paired with the latte mixture. Create a blend that fits to your tasting. 

    How to Store Leftover Gingerbread Latte Mix 

    If you have any leftover mixture, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last 2-3 days in the fridge. Just warm it up and then mix with your coffee. 

    To reheat you can warm in the microwave or pour some into a pan and heat up on the stovetop. Either method works great. 

    Gingerbread latte surrounded by Christmas decor.

    Why Did a Skin Form over my Gingerbread Latte Mixture 

    This can happen, and to get rid of it, simply take a spoon and run over the top of the mixture. The skin will form to the spoon and you can easily remove it. Sometimes this happens, and there is nothing wrong with your mix, and to remove it is the best step. It will not dissolve if you try to stir it into the mixture. 

    You might also like Slow Cooker Chai Latte, Gingerbread Eggnog, Cinnamon Cappuccino, Iced Coffee, Homemade Eggnog, Cranberry Mint Mocktail or Pumpkin Spice Latte.

    Try Gingerbread Cupcakes.

    4.75 from 4 votes

    Gingerbread Latte

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 3 hours
    Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
    Quick and easy to make in your slow cooker, this flavour packed latte is full of holiday spice flavours, but can warm you up any time of year.


    • 4 cups milk
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp ground cloves
    • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
    • 2 tsp ground ginger
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • ½ cup black coffee
    • whipped cream optional


    • Pour milk into the slow cooker and add in spices, sugar and vanilla. Stir to combine.
    • Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, but keep an eye out if it gets too hot because you don’t want the milk to boil.
    • After 3 hours turn off the slow cooker. Pour into mugs about half way and then add hot coffee to fill up the mugs. Stir to mix. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.


    Serving: 1g | Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 116mg | Sugar: 38g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Beverages
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Gingerbread Latte

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    1. I’m a homebody in the winter too. It’s too cold to go out if not necessary. I can’t wait to make this! Pinned.

    2. Sounds wonderful! I’m definitely going to be trying it. 🙂

    3. kathy downey says:

      Thanks for the recipe it sure sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try this!

    4. Debbie White Beattie says:

      This recipe looks and sounds delicious and again I’d never of thought of doing this in the slow cooker but I bet it smells divine and it would leave my house smelling wonderful

    5. Do you think this would work with tea? I’m not a coffee drinker but I love spiced teas.

    6. This was insanely delicious and insanely easy! Would be perfect for any holiday gatherings this Winter. Made the entire house smell amazing too!! Highly recommend this!

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