Homemade Gingerbread Syrup

This homemade gingerbread syrup is packed full of molasses filled dark brown sugar, ginger and star anise. It’s perfect in coffee or in homemade lattes.

This homemade gingerbread syrup is packed full of molasses filled dark brown sugar, ginger and star anise. It's perfect in coffee or in homemade lattes.

Last night I was on the phone with my friend Faith from the delicious food blog An Edible Mosaic and was stating how I can’t seem to find gingerbread syrup.  You know, the stuff they put in those lovely gingerbread lattes from Starbucks.  Then the lovely Faith says “why don’t you just make you own?”  Brilliant! My mind needs to think more like her.

So I get into the kitchen this morning and decide I will start throwing some stuff together and see what works. Other people do this too…right?  Luckily the syrup had a perfect spice balance and flavor the first time around. I hate when recipes don’t work out. I have little patience in that department.

I had some whole star anise and whole cloves hanging out in my spice cabinet so I decided to throw them in with the syrup.  I also used dark brown sugar because I felt the deep flavor would compliment all the warm spices.  I decided to use powdered ginger because I really wanted a nice strong ginger flavor.  While it was simmering on the stove my whole house filled with the warm scent of sweet gingerbread…..amazing!

I decided to use some of this delicious syrup to add a little extra something to my coffee this morning. Boy oh boy did it hit the spot. Who says you need Starbucks when you can make this deliciousness at home 🙂

This homemade gingerbread syrup is packed full of molasses filled dark brown sugar, ginger and star anise. It's perfect in coffee or in homemade lattes.


Homemade Gingerbread Syrup

This homemade gingerbread syrup is packed full of molasses filled dark brown sugar, ginger and star anise. It's perfect in coffee or in homemade lattes.

Yield: About 3/4 cup syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1 cup water
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 whole star anise
5 whole cloves

Source: Nutmeg Nanny original


Combine all ingredients and simmer gently on medium heat. Cook for approximate 15-20 minutes until thickened.

I didn't want my syrup too thick. I would compare it's cooled consistency to heated maple syrup.


25 Responses to “Homemade Gingerbread Syrup”

  1. #
    Jessica — November 24, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Brilliant! It sounds so easy, why spend all of that money on pre-made stuff? It looks great and I’m a huge fan of gingerbread…great job!

  2. #
    Erin — November 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Looks Yummy!! 🙂 You should bottle it and give it out as Christmas presents!

  3. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — November 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    That syrup sounds so warm and inviting. I bet it would also be good on pancakes and waffles.

  4. #
    Joanne — November 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Faith’s mind works in such wonderful ways. Love that gal. And LOVE this syrup! Gingerbread spice lattes have always been a fave of mine but they are SO expensive. Much better just to make em at home!

  5. #
    Jen_from_NJ — November 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Great idea! Starbucks taste on a budget – that’s for me!

  6. #
    Keeley — November 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Yummy idea! It’s probably better for you than the syrup at Starbucks… speaking of that syrup, if you go to a “real” Starbucks (as in, one that’s not in Target), they should sell you the syrup for about $8 a bottle. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. #
    Blond Duck — November 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I love Biren’s idea of eating it on waffles…gingerbread waffles…oh sweet wounded wuffles.

  8. #
    Donna — November 24, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  9. #
    Comfy Cook — November 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Sounds delicious. I could eat again.

  10. #
    foodies at home — November 24, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Wow! This looks like it would hit my spot too! I love it when you can make your own version of something! Makes morning coffee extra special!

  11. #
    theUngourmet — November 25, 2010 at 2:53 am

    I love Faith’s blog. Making your own gingerbread syrup is such a fabulous plan! I would love to have some of this for my coffee tomorrow morning. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. #
    5 Star Foodie — November 25, 2010 at 11:06 am

    What a terrific and delicious idea! This syrup could be used for many different things! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  13. #
    Faith — November 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Yay, I’m so glad it turned out! It looks wonderful and I could actually go for a gingerbread latte right now. 😉 Thanks so much for the sweet shout-out…I’m glad I could help! 🙂

    Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  14. #
    Veronica — November 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Sooooo cool (or should I say hot?). I’ve never even heard of a gingerbread latte but now. I must have one.

  15. #
    grace — November 26, 2010 at 2:03 am

    sneak a little cinnamon in there and you’ve made my ideal syrup. 🙂

  16. #
    Line Hansen Kamhaug — December 6, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Hi. My big brother has been checking out Starbucks in Sweeden and I had to go though several in Germany when going there for a weekend trip – but no one had the Ginger bread syrup. Since we live in Norway, and there are no Starbucks here (bu-hu), it’s kond of hard to get by. But when Googling ginger bread syrup your recipy came up and I’ll try it and give it to my brother as a pre-christmas gift. Hopefully he’ll be thrilled. Thank you!

  17. #
    Chrissy — January 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    can this be modified to be sugar free?

  18. #
    Katarina — December 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I just made some of this, and it is every bit as fantastic as I had hoped! I added some cinnamon and allspice berries, and I think it tastes JUST like gingerbread. I think next time I’ll try to create a larger batch!

  19. #
    MARY — December 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I just made the syrup and the gingerbread martini. I’m afraid it just tastes like a mudslide. I can’t really taste the gingerbread flavor. Any suggestions?

    • Brandy replied: — December 14th, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

      Eeek! I’m sorry. You could always add more ginger to the mixture before blending to see if that gives you more the flavor you are looking for.

  20. #
    Stacey E — December 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    In response to the person asking if it could be sugar-free. Depending on which country you live in, Splenda makes a sugar-free brown sugar. It’s sold in a box. I don’t know if it’s available outside of the U.S.

  21. #
    Karebear — December 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    You could even put in some cinnamon if you like. I added some as well as a bit of vanilla powder!

  22. #
    Irene — October 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    YOU NAILED THIS ONE FOR SURE. I was a little leary but just made this and its PHENOMINALLY AWESOME. Will be using this in many diff. ways. I found you by mistake and OMG so glad I did. TKS A BUNCH AND WILL BE FOLLOWING YOU FOR SURE AND CHECK OUT YOUR OTHER RECIPES.


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