I had to laugh when I found out that Calphalon was sponsoring this month’s Kitchen Play event and wanted me to make a drink recipe using their 12 cup quick-brew coffeepot. As I’ve discussed on this blog before, I’m a pretty serious coffee fanatic – if there’s one kitchen appliance that I’m familiar with, its a coffeemaker. (Looking around my kitchen, I can count at least 6 different ways to make a cup of coffee!)
Once the laughter subsided, I turned to panic. They wanted me to make a drink. With coffee. How on earth was I going to turn that into a recipe worth posting here?
It only took one trip through the Starbucks drive though to find my answer. Despite the fact that the holiday season is right around the corner and it’s already too cold to leave the house without a coat, they still aren’t selling gingerbread lattes! Gingerbread Lattes are my favorite but, for some reason, Pumpkin Spice gets all the love. I don’t get it.
I began by making a spicy gingerbread syrup by infusing simple syrup with fresh ginger, cinnamon, and spices. Since I don’t generally sweeten my coffee, the syrup in my recipe isn’t as sweet as you’ll find at the local coffee shop. This allows each person to have greater control over the sweetness of his or her beverage (and makes it a little more appropriate for breakfast).
Then, I used the brew strength control on the coffeemaker to ensure I had a nice, strong cup of coffee that would stand up to the syrup and milk without losing its flavor. Top it all off with a blanket of freshly whipped cream and you’ll never have to wait for the coffee shop to declare it “gingerbread season” again.
In exchange for participating in the November 2011 edition of Kitchen Play and writing this post, I received a Calphalon coffee pot and a waffle iron. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions are my own and all recipes are original.