I swear I really do know Christmas is LONG over, even if I am sitting here drinking a Gingerbread Latte while I watch Bluebell (Hart of Dixie) celebrate Christmas. It’s a coincidence, I swear. Prior to even turning on Netflix and selecting Hart of Dixie, I already had my Gingerbread Tea Latte in hand.
One of my new favorite winter drinks from Starbucks is the Gingerbread Latte. Seriously, it is delicious. This drink is actually really easy to make, and ideal as you have more control over its ingredients.
Several recipes for this delicious drink are available online/Pinterest. For my base recipe I choose to follow the recipe from Vegology. However, I substituted the Agave for Sugar in the Raw, and the Celestial Gingerbread Spice Tea for Gingerbread Black Tea.
The first step is well obvious, boil water! Thankfully some dear family friends help me acquire an amazing electric tea kettle by Cuisinart. Seriously, if you are an avid tea drinker I would advise to invest in an electric tea kettle. It is very handy, especially if you can be forgetful like me and have left a burner on once or twice.
While your water is boiling prepare the tea by placing 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea in your tea infuser or teapot. Somewhere along the way my family and friends came to realize my love of tea, (for gifts I have actually received two cast iron teapots and a Teavana Perfectea Maker). For my 27th birthday my Stepdad Bill very thoughtfully picked out a black cast iron teapot from Teavana. Although that is probably a story for another day I cannot help but share it now. While in Albuquerque in 2014 I introduced Bill and my mom to Teavana. During our visit, I noticed Bill checking out the tea accessories and teaware. When I walked over there he asked if I had a cast iron teapot. As Bill picked up the teapot, acting as though he planned to purchase it right then and there, he noticed the price. Immediately he set the teapot down and said, “well that sure would be a nice item for someone to have in their collection.” Thankfully Bill and my mom added it to my collection two months later.
Once the water has reached the desired temperature of 195 to 205 (degrees Fahrenheit) you will want to pour it over the tea leaves and let it steep for 2 to 3 minutes. As it is steeping, pour your milk into either a mason jar or a milk frother. (If you do not have a milk frother, Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn has a great tutorial, but if you actually love lattes I suggest purchasing your own). Although you should probably froth the milk before you heat it, I did it backwards. It works out to be the same, at least in my opinion.
Finally, once your tea is steeped and your milked is frothed, pour your tea into a cup. Add the desired amount of sugar (I added too little) and the desired 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Using a spoon, gently keep the froth in the jar as you pour the milk into your mug. With the remaining milk, aka the froth, use the spoon to scoop it out of the jar and to set it on top of your drink. To finish off, sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy! 🙂