This Starbucks copycat Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai Tea Latte combines nostalgic gingerbread flavors like warm, spicy ginger and cinnamon with creamy oat milk. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream, it’s the perfect cozy beverage for the holiday season, whether you prefer it hot or iced. A homemade gingerbread syrup recipe is included!
Why You’ll Love This Gingerbread Chai Tea
Looking for a festive and cozy beverage this holiday season? Here are a few reasons this recipe is bound to become a Christmas favorite:
- Festive Flavors: This latte perfectly captures the essence of Christmas with its warm and spicy gingerbread notes.
- Morning Comfort: Great for those chilly mornings when you need something cozy to kickstart your day.
- Creamy & Spicy: The creamy oat milk perfectly balances the spiciness of the ginger and cinnamon in the gingerbread syrup.
- Vegan-Friendly: With oat milk and coconut whipped cream, it’s completely dairy free.
- Starbucks Copycat: Get that coffee-shop quality right at home, without the expensive price tag.
- Versatile: Serve it hot or iced depending on your mood or the weather.
Starbucks Winter Menu
Part of the magic of the holiday season is the limited-time treats that make their appearance. This Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai Tea Latte is inspired by the Starbucks winter menu, allowing you to bring a piece of that seasonal specialness into your own kitchen.
What is Chai Tea?
Chai tea is traditionally made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic spices like cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, and cloves, along with milk.
The result is a wonderfully rich and flavorful beverage that’s both comforting and invigorating.
Using Boxed Chai Tea Concentrate
For this recipe, we’re simplifying things a bit by using a boxed chai tea concentrate. You can easily find this in the tea and coffee aisle of most grocery stores.
It offers the rich, spiced flavors of traditional chai without the need to brew tea and spices from scratch. Note that some chai tea concentrates contain honey, so if you’re vegan, be sure to check the label.
This chai tea latte is simple with a few important ingredients. It’s made with a homemade gingerbread simple syrup and store-bought chai tea concentrate. Here’s what you’ll need for both the syrup and the chai latte:
- Light Brown Sugar: Gives the syrup a mild sweetness enriched by molasses.
- Unsulphured Molasses: Provides robust, complex sweetness.
- Ground Ginger and Cinnamon: Key for the nostalgic gingerbread flavor.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: Adds a background note that enhances other flavors.
Chai Tea Latte
- Chai Tea Concentrate: Be sure to choose a vegan version if needed.
- Oat Milk: Contributes to the creamy texture.
- Ice: Needed for the iced version.
- Coconut Whipped Cream: Adds a creamy, airy topping.
If you’re missing one of the ingredients above, here are a few swaps you can try:
- Dark Brown Sugar: A more robust alternative to light brown sugar.
- Maple Syrup: Can be used if molasses is unavailable.
- Plant-Based Milk: Almond or soy milk can replace oat milk.
- Regular Whipped Cream: A non-vegan alternative to coconut whipped cream.
- Small Pot: for the syrup
- Whisk: for the syrup
- Serving Glass
Step By Step Instructions
⭐️ Exact ingredients are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!
Making the Gingerbread Syrup
STEP 1: Combine light brown sugar, water, and unsulphured molasses in a small pot on medium-low heat.
STEP 2: Add ground ginger and cinnamon. Then, bring the mixture to a simmer.
STEP 3: Simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring continuously. The syrup should begin to thicken slightly.
STEP 4: Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract, and allow to cool.
Making the Chai Tea Latte
STEP 5: Add a drizzle of gingerbread syrup to the bottom of the glass, then fill a serving glass with ice. Pour in the chai tea concentrate.
STEP 6: Add oat milk to your desired level. Give everything a gentle stir to combine.
STEP 7: Top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and another drizzle of gingerbread syrup to taste.
This Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai Tea Latte is best served immediately. It makes a warming afternoon pick-me-up or a festive addition to your holiday gatherings. The gingerbread flavors make it a perfect recipe for a Thanksgiving or Christmas morning drink!
Extra gingerbread syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. The latte is best consumed immediately.
- For an Iced Chai Tea Latte: Chill your chai tea concentrate for the iced version.
- For a Hot Gingerbread Chai Latte: Microwave or steam the oatmilk until warm and froth with a milk frother for the hot version.
- Make the Syrup in Advance: Preparing a larger batch of gingerbread syrup in advance can make assembling this latte quicker and easier.
Yes, you can use your favorite gingerbread simple syrup instead of making your own at home.
Yes, feel free to use your favorite milk instead of the oat milk.
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- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 ½ tbsp unsulphured molasses
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Chai Tea Latte:
- ½ cup chai tea concentrate (note: if vegan, Starbucks boxed version contains honey)
- ½ - ¾ cup oat milk or milk of choice
- Handful of ice
- Coconut Whipped Cream or ¼ cup oatmilk (to froth)
Make the gingerbread syrup:
- Add the brown sugar, water and molasses to a small pot over medium-low heat. Whisk in the ground ginger and cinnamon, then bring to a simmer.
- Once simmering, cook the syrup while stirring for 5-8 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Let cool at room temperature. Once cool, transfer to a sterilized, airtight container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
Make the chai tea latte:
- Drizzle 1-3 tsp of gingerbread syrup in your serving glass. Add more to taste as needed.
- Add a handful of ice to the glass, then pour the chai tea concentrate over the ice. To make a hot chai tea latte, skip the ice and warm the chai tea in the microwave or on the stove. Then, steam or microwave the oat milk and froth with a milk frother.
- Add the oat milk over the chai tea concentrate, adjusting the amount to taste. Give it a gentle stir to blend the tea and milk.
- Dollop whipped cream on top. Or froth the extra 1/4 cup oat milk (or milk of choice) and dollop on top. Drizzle with extra gingerbread syrup and enjoy!
Notes: Adjust sweetness to taste with more gingerbread syrup. Different chai tea concentrates have varying sweetness levels.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g
Nutritional info is an estimate.
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