Best Cranberry Latte Recipe: Easy Homemade Coffee

There are many “Christmas flavors” out there. But my favorite and the one that makes me think of Christmas most is Cranberry. Which is why, I love a cranberry latte…

You probably won’t a cranberry latte on the menu at your local coffee shop. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t pretty amazing.

This easy cranberry latte recipe is totally worth a try.

Ingredients for a Cranberry Latte

  1. Coffee grounds
  2. ¾ cup milk
  3. 1 tbsp cranberry syrup
  4. Whipped cream (optional)
  5. Dried or fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)

What If I Don’t Have an Espresso Machine?

If you don’t have an espresso machine, it is not a problem at all. You can use a moka pot or AeroPress. Both of these make espresso-like coffee.

My favorite of the two is an AeroPress, but a moka pot also makes great tasting coffee.

If, however, you don’t own or want to use either of those, you can also go for instant espresso. I think that Nescafé’s instant espresso is quite good.

Espresso being pulled.

I don’t recommend using coffee made with, for example, a French press or drip coffee maker. Although you can make great, strong coffee with those, it isn’t as concentrated as espresso. So, the result won’t be the same.

What Coffee is Best?

I quite like Starbucks’s Pike Place roast. If, however, you prefer a dark roast over a medium roast, their Caffè Verona blend is also really good.

What Kind of Milk Should I Use?

Whole milk is great because it gives your drink some added creaminess. The higher fat content also helps with retaining the foam.

However, you don’t have to use it. Both skim milk as well as low fat milk works well.

Milk being poured into metal cup.

Dairy Alternatives

While we are talking about the type of milk that you use, I might as well mention that you don’t have to stick to dairy milk.

There are many great dairy alternatives if you don’t or can’t drink dairy. Some examples of these are oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk.

Frothing the Milk

If you don’t have a coffee machine with a steam wand, you can froth the milk using a French press, handheld milk frother, or mason jar.

My favorite of these methods is using a French press. They are fairly cheap and most coffee lovers already have one at home.

Frothed milk in a French press.

Store-Bought or Homemade Cranberry Syrup?

It is really easy to make cranberry syrup yourself. Well, the way I do it is easy. Many people use fresh cranberries. But they are not very common where I live. So, I use cranberry juice.

Simply put 1 tbsp cranberry juice and ½ tbsp of sugar in a cup. Heat it in the microwave until all the sugar is dissolved. This is enough for one latte.

Alternatively, you can buy cranberry syrup.

Honestly, I don’t think that either is better than the other. It is up to personal preference.


Leave Out the Whipped Cream

If you want to shave off a few calories off this latte, you can leave out the whipped cream. The drink is still amazing.

Vanilla Cranberry Latte

You can spice up this latte by adding ¼ tsp vanilla essence to the espresso-syrup mixture before you add the milk. It just gives it a fancy edge.

Iced Cranberry Latte

If you don’t live in a country with a winter Christmas and you’d like to make this coffee drink into an iced one, simply add coffee ice cubes to the espresso and syrup.

Also, don’t steam the milk. Make cold foam.

Cranberry latte in white textured mug.

Cranberry Latte

In my opinion, cranberries, are the pinnacle of Christmas flavors. This cranberry latte will bring the festive feeling of the holidays into your home regardless of the time of year.
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 252 kcal


  • Coffee gounds
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp cranberry syrup
  • Whipped cream (Optional)
  • Dried or fresh cranberries for garnish (Optional)


  • Pull a shot of espresso
  • Mix the espresso and cranberry syrup in a mug
  • Steam the milk, but don't make too much foam if you are going to add whipped cream
  • Pour the milk over the espresso
  • Add some whipped cream on top
  • Top with cranberries
Keyword Christmas, Latte

Other Great Christmas Coffee Drinks

While I love a cranberry latte, there are other Christmas coffee drinks that should not be forgotten. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. Snickerdoodle Latte

Snickerdoodle lattes invigorates your senses with the aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon. It is sweet and perfect for relaxing with a book on the couch.

Learn how to make a snickerdoodle latte here.

Snickerdoodle Latte from above.

2. Eggnog Latte

When it comes to holiday coffee drinks, an eggnog latte is one of my favorites. It is sweet and creamy and gives me a cozy feeling.

Learn how to make an eggnog latte here.

Eggnog latte from above.

3. Cinnamon Dolce Latte

Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors. Combine it with coffee… and you have a sure win.

A cinnamon dolce latte is cozy and sweet and a must-try.

Learn how to make a cinnamon dolce latte here.

Cinnamon Dolce Latte and coffee beans on wooden surface.

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