Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gingersnaps Café au Lait


Since I’ve shared with you my signature cocktail for the holiday season here, it’s only fair that I share a hot beverage with you to accompany your dessert at the end of your holiday feast.  Here you have it—Gingersnaps Café au Lait!

Gingersnaps Café au Lait

I thought my all time favorite hot beverage was a cup of coffee, with lots of cream.  That’s what helps me wake up every morning, anyways.  Well, I was wrong all along, so wrong.  Hm….maybe I should say, I just found my new favorite.  Smile  This Gingersnap Café au Lait will get you hooked. 


This Gingersnaps Café au Lait is loaded with the warm spices from the ginger syrup.  The cinnamon is sweet and earthy, paired nicely with the ginger and liquorish-y star anise.  The milk is silky and sweet, go hand in hand with the strong coffee aroma.  It’s the best Holiday hot beverage you’ll ever had, I promised.  Yes, better than the hot apple cider, in my opinion.  This Gingersnaps Café au Lait is perfect with a few gingersnaps cookies for afternoon tea as well. I’ll post the cookies recipe in the near future.


Thanks to Lauren from Healthy Delicious for the inspiration for this drink.  I’m submitting this post to Kitchen PLAY.  This month, Calphalon is sponsoring a wonderful giveaway at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate any one recipe from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter.  All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win a Calphalon Kitchen Electrics prize valued at $100 (6 prizes total).  The deadline is November 30, 2011. Please review the complete contest rules before entering. Good luck!


Gingersnaps Café au Lait Printable Recipe
Serves 4
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2-inch of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 cloves
1/2 cup milk
4 cups freshly brewed strong coffee

In a small pot, heat the sugars, water, ginger slices, cinnamon, star anise and cloves over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer for another 15 minutes.

Remove from heat, covered and let the syrup steep for 1 hour. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and discard the spices.  Transfer syrup to a bottle until ready to serve.

In a small pot, heat milk over low heat, until scaled and do not let it boil.  Combine the coffee, warmed milk, 4 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup, and divide between four glasses.  Top with whipped cream and enjoy with Gingersnaps cookies.


  1. Hi Amy,
    This looks so delicious, I would love one now. :) I also wanted to thank you so much for coming to foodepix.com to upload your gorgeous pictures. I look forward to all your posts.

  2. @Jo: Thank you for your sweet comment and your're very welcome. I love sharing my pictures and drooling over other submissions on your site. I sure will visit back to your site very often. :)

  3. I need to come over to your place for this after dinner treat!

  4. @Belinda: Come on over. I think food tastes better when it's shared. :)

  5. This looks delicious! I'm not really into coffee (unless it's baked into a dessert :D) but I'd make these lattes just because they looks so yummy!

  6. I love your picture set up! The cafe au lait sounds and looks like just what I need right now,
    Take care...

  7. What an unique cafe au lait! Great clicks.

  8. Oh boy! This is great because I've been looking for a good recipe for a coffee drink. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Now this is a perfect coffee for a beautoful fall afternoon!

  10. I love ginger, but have never tried it with coffee. This sounds (and looks!) delicious!

  11. @ Valley Writer: If you love ginger, you've got to give this recipe a try. I'm sure you're going to love it. ;)


  12. This looks amazing! By the way, I made your candied walnuts recipe and posted it on my blog. I'm taking it to our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. :)

  13. Oh my! That does look sooo amazing! And I love your photos that you take with each of your recipes! They are works of art! :o)

    Happy, happy Thanksgiving! So thankful to have met you through blogging!

    Blessings & Aloha!

  14. Love the way you made this drink. Looks so irresistible. Thanks again for another great share.
    Kristy ((hugs))

  15. Hi Amy,
    You brought this fabulous recipe to the right place, we will just love this Lait here at The Cottage. Hope you are having a great holiday week end. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Amy this is wonderful - and wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving, I hope your holiday weekend is relaxing and filled with joy

  17. I want one of these now! Thank you for posting the recipe :)

  18. @ Kristy, Miz Helen, Mangiabella and Jen: Thank you all for your sweet comments and took the time to visit. Hope to see you again soon.