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I am totally not a Pumpkin Spice Latte girl. Sorry, people. I don’t think pumpkin and coffee go together. (Even though we all know now that the famed PSL doesn’t actually have pumpkin in it … just a lot of sugar.) The Gingerbread Latte is something I can get behind, though. I love the rich spice of a good gingerbread or molasses cookie. And when Starbucks starts parading the winter drinks vs. the fall ones, I will go in for a Gingerbread Latte or two.
I have a few reservations about it, though: 1. How stupid expensive Starbucks drinks are. and 2. How much sugar those drinks have in them.
At home, you can control the sweetness of your drink, use the kind of milk you want, and have a beautiful latte for under a buck.
A few years ago, I did try to make a Gingerbread coffee creamer using actual spices, but I did not enjoy drinking all the spices in the dregs of my drink. Using essential oils gives you the beautiful flavors of the spices in a strong dose, so you only need a tiny amount of each!
Plus you can use your oils in a bunch of other ways, too! In this drink I use Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Ginger oils, which together can be put in a diffuser for a heavenly, holiday-type scent. Clove oil is known for helping in dental care; cinnamon bark oil promotes a healthy immune system; and ginger oil can soothe and balance digestive discomfort. So on top of making a delicious latte, these oils are definitely multipurpose. (Used with education, of course. Cinnamon Bark is one of the “hottest” oil and should always be diluted 1 part essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil.)
So here’s how to make a delicious Gingerbread Latte at home with no special equipment.
Want to know more about essential oils? I highly recommend Young Living essential oils, which are grown and extracted with the utmost standards. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment if you need some more info!
So tell me: what’s your favorite special coffee drink? Most of the year if I walk into Starbucks I will get a caramel macchiato.
Original photo via Helen ST on Flickr Creative Commons