I know that these can signal the start of the holiday season when they start appearing into coffee shops, I have always enjoyed them the whole year and have often thought about getting the syrup to make my own.
But why buy when you can make your own syrup and its really easy to do.
Gingerbread Syrup for Latte:
2 cups water, 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - combine all the ingredients into a medium pan, bring to the boil then reduce heat to a simmer, leave uncovered simmer for 15 minutes remove from heat. Syrup will keep for a while pop it in an old clean jam jar or something similar. To make Latte:Add 1/4 cup of syrup and espresso shot into a mug and then top with steamed milk
Oh and for the Chai Tea lovers out there:
3 cups of water, 3 cups of milk, 6-8 black tea bags, 1/2 cup honey, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1tsp ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground ginger - bring water and milk to the boil, add remaining ingredients and return to boil. remove from heat and let steep for 3-5 minutes, remove tea bags and then filter.
Now you can either serve this as it is hot or iced. Personally I fill half a mug with this mix and top with steamed milk (add additional sugar to taste if required). Mix keeps for a few days in the fridge