You didn't really think I'd share a recipe for homemade ginger syrup without telling you exactly how to use it to make your own homemade gingerbread latte, did you?
It's no secret that I'm a Starbucks junkie, but I'll take one of these homemade gingerbread lattes over the Starbucks version any day! Seriously, that's saying a lot -- especially when I've said before that I've been unable to duplicate their pumpkin spice latte to my liking. But this gingerbread latte is a winner in my book!
Homemade ginger simple syrup is sweet and complex, with a zing that you just don't find in store bought ginger syrup, and when used in a latte, it makes an amazing holiday beverage. Add a dollop of homemade whipped cream to the top, and party guests will be coming back again and again for more.
How To Make Steamed Milk In The Microwave:
I'm assuming most of you don't have a milk steamer, but don't worry about it! All you need is a mason jar to make it in the microwave.
- Pour one cup of milk into a mason jar and place a lid and band on top.
- Shake the jar vigorously for about 30 seconds, until the milk is frothy.
- Remove the band and lid and microwave the shaken milk for about 30 seconds to set the foam and heat the milk.
- Pour the milk into your espresso, using a spoon to reserve the foam. Spoon the reserved foam over the top of your beverage.
Easy, huh? I love these kinds of tricks that make use of everyday items -- saves me from purchasing a specialized gadget that probably has no other use.
Well, I was at Walmart the other day, and imagine my excitement when I saw shelf after shelf of these adorable 16-oz. Aladdin mason jar mugs priced at just $4.97! Of course I had to pick a couple up for my lattes. They also have smaller 16-oz. tumblers (my original ones are 20-oz.) with candy cane-striped straws (also $4.97) that would make fantastic stocking stuffers.
Pick a few up when you're picking up the ingredients for these yummy lattes!