Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte

Now that I'm a driver (I still get excited writing that I CAN DRIVE!!) I spend a lot of my time in cars. I always try and arrive on time for appointments so I spend a few minutes waiting in my car. Sometimes I'm so early that it can be up to 15-20 minutes waiting.

It's times like these that I like to pretend that I'm a cop during a stakeout.

I watch a lot of Law & Order and Dexter ok? Sorry.

To get in the right mindframe, I slump down low in my seat and watch everyone around me. Sometimes, disconcertingly they look back at me and I wonder how cops get away without being seen. Perhaps they need tinted windows or something. I should really keep some donuts, a cup of coffee and a water pistol handy in the car for the full effect. And that reminds me, I often wonder how they pee. I mean if I drank coffee like they seem to on television, then I'd need to use facilities shortly thereafter. Do they ever miss the person while they're relieving themselves?

Gingerbread Latte

Anyway I digress, if I were a pretend or real cop and I was on a stakeout around Christmas, I'd choose a gingerbread latte as my coffee of choice. The smell of Christmas to me is gingerbread, Christmas cake and tinsel. When I smell those three things, I know that Christmas is just around the corner.

There are lots of recipes using gingerbread syrup which sounds delicious but if you just want to whip up a really, ridiculously easy version without having to make or buy a syrup this will do nicely. It's got all of the flavours of gingerbread mixed with coffee and I love this served cold or hot. But always with a cop voice. Because I'm usually alone in the car and nobody will laugh at me ;).

So tell me Dear Reader, how do you pass the time if you have to wait for people? Go shopping? Call friends? Play on your phone? Pretend to be a cop on a stakeout?

Gingerbread Latte

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  • 1/2 cup espresso coffee
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup or molasses (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
  • whipped cream to decorate

Gingerbread Latte

Step 1 - Gently warm the coffee, milk, golden syrup or molasses and spices in a small saucepan. Pour into serving glasses and top with whipped cream.

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