Gingerbread Syrup | The Perfect Syrup For Your Gingerbread Drinks & Desserts!

Okay, who else loves Gingerbread, but hates making them? Same it’s way too time-consuming, however, making gingerbread syrup is so easy and it smells just as amazing! Plus, gingerbread syrup is the perfect sweetener to create that absolutely delicious homemade gingerbread latte or gingerbread hot chocolate! We are huge fans of creating our takes on classic recipes and making them our own, and this gingerbread simple syrup is no different!

This post is all about creating the perfect gingerbread syrup that you can use at home all the time during the holiday season!

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Commonly Asked Questions For Gingerbread Syrup

What is gingerbread syrup made of?

Gingerbread syrup is made using a combination of water, sugar, and spices to create a wonderful gingerbread profile. The spices often used to make gingerbread flavoring are cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Some extra flavorings added are orange zest and vanilla extract.

How long does homemade gingerbread syrup last?

Homemade gingerbread syrup like most other homemade simple syrups will only last about 2 weeks in the fridge. Although, the syrup can be frozen for up to 3 months, just remember that once it is removed from the freezer it should stay in the fridge and not be placed back in the freezer. There are ways to preserve these syrups longer like adding alcohol or adding more sugar than water. However, these methods are not always practical since not everyone wants an alcoholic syrup or a syrup that is going to be too sweet. You can also use things like citric acid that serve as a preservative.

What is a gingerbread latte made of?

A gingerbread latte is the tastiest creation ever made from a combination of milk, gingerbread syrup, and espresso! You can also add things like whipped cream or milk foam as a topping for a warm gingerbread latte. For a cold gingerbread latte, you can use cold foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon as a topping.

What flavor goes well with gingerbread?

You can also add in flavors like pumpkin, matcha, vanilla, and almond and see how these combinations complement each other in ways you never imagined. If you’re looking for things to pair a gingerbread-flavored drink with you can always try eating scones, muffins, and sugar cookies to pair with your gingerbread latte or gingerbread-flavored eggnog.

What can you use gingerbread syrup for?

If looking to spice up your beverages you can always add gingerbread syrup to eggnog, coffee, milk, espresso, milkshakes, and smoothies. You can add gingerbread syrup to your baked goods like bread, muffins, cookies, etc.

Fun Fact about Gingerbread? Back in medieval times, women used to gift gingerbread men to their desired men! Take, note and gift this Delicious Gingerbread Syrup to your loved ones ☺️.

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Gingerbread syrup equipment and ingredients


  • Stovetop
  • Pan
  • Mesh sieve or another filtration device


  • Sugar
    • We recommend you use brown sugar to give it a toffee-like taste, but any sweetener like regular sugar, honey, or agave will work as well. You will want a half sugar to half water ratio. This can change if you are wanting to increase the shelf life of the simple syrup, want a thicker syrup or if you want a sweeter syrup.
  • Water
    • You will want roughly a half water to half sugar ratio. If adding more water than sugar the simple syrup will be thinner and less sweet and vice versa.
  • Spices
    • Spices like cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, and nutmeg create your traditional “gingerbread” flavor.
  • Vanilla extract
    • Vanilla being added really boosts the flavor profile of this syrup.
  • Orange zest
    • Orange zest provides a zesty slightly citrus taste to the gingerbread making it not just spicy and sweet but also citrusy.

Gingerbread syrup recipe

Now that you know how to make  Gingerbread Syrup, you can make a Gingerbread Latte!
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 0.5 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 peppercorns

How to make gingerbread syrup

  1. In a pan combine water, brown sugar, ginger, zest, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and stir so that sugar fully dissolves.
  2. After the mixture has begun to boil turn off the heat, stir in vanilla extract and let steep for 5- 10 minutes.
  3. After steeping strain out the spices and pour the mixture into a sealable airtight container.

Recipe notes:

  • This mixture can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. We recommend dividing the mixture into small portions that can be pulled out of the freezer when needed.
  • For this recipe, we used mostly whole ingredients but ground ingredients can be used as well.
  • Brown sugar provides a brown color and gives a warm toffee/caramel-like back profile but other sweeteners can be used for this recipe as well.
  • Changing the water-to-sugar ratio will change the consistency and sweetness of the syrup so keep that in mind when making changes to the recipe.

Why You’ll Love It

  • The perfect Holiday syrup for flavoring your morning coffee or hot chocolate!
  • Not too gingery, with the perfect amount of spices and sweetness to create the perfect syrup that is almost as good as real gingerbread.
  • This an easy recipe that almost anyone can make at home!
  • Will make your house smell heavenly, so we recommend making this when guests comes over 👀.
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