I only recently tasted eggnog for the first time. No kidding, I always saw it in the movies growing up and after tasting it I get why it is so beloved. It is absolutely amazing.
And combined with my favorite drink of all time, coffee, it is even better.
I will from now on also be one of those people who start craving an eggnog latte once the holiday season comes around. But until that time of year is here, I’ll be making this new favorite coffee of mine myself, probably on a regular basis. Here is my homemade eggnog latte recipe.
What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a classic holiday drink. It is made with egg, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and some spices. In many cases people also add alcohol such as whisky, bourbon, brandy, or rum. However, there are also non-alcoholic versions.
What is an Eggnog Latte?
An eggnog latte takes that creamy eggnog to the next level with a few shots of espresso.
Basically, it is a regular latte, but instead of steamed milk, it requires eggnog.
Ingredients for an Eggnog Latte
- Coffee grounds
- 1 cup eggnog (I use this eggnog recipe)
- Ground nutmeg to sprinkle over (optional)
What If I Don’t Have an Espresso Machine?
Many people don’t have an espresso maker. That is not a problem at all.
Another option is instant espresso. I don’t recommend using other coffee that has been made with, for example, a French press or drip coffee maker. Although it might be strong coffee, it is not as concentrated as espresso. So, it won’t give you the same effect.
What Coffee Beans Should I Use?
If you like a medium roast, Starbucks’s Pike Place roast is quite amazing. In the case that you are a dark roast fan, I can really recommend Starbucks’s Caffè Verona Beans to make this delicious coffee drink.
I really love both of these.
Do I Have to Use Homemade Eggnog?
No, you can really use store-bought eggnog. However, with eggnog being a festive drink, you probably won’t be able to buy it year-round. Also, it isn’t for sale in all areas outside of North America.
Should I Use Fresh Eggnog?
You don’t have to use freshly made eggnog. However, I like to use eggnog that I just made because it is already frothy and I don’t have to froth it that much myself. But that is simply a matter of personal preference.
If you have leftover eggnog saved in the fridge, feel free to heat it up and froth it. You will, however, maybe have to add a little milk to make it thinner because eggnog thickens upon standing.
Do I Have to Use a French Press to Froth the Eggnog?
No, you don’t have to. You can use your preferred method of frothing. I have just found that the steam wand on my espresso machine doesn’t froth it quite as well as a French press.
However, a mason jar or handheld milk frother will also work to froth the eggnog.
Variations on an Eggnog Latte
Iced Eggnog Latte Recipe
Another great way to enjoy this homemade latte is as an iced latte. For this I do recommend that you use cooled down eggnog.
Simply add some ice to the espresso and make the latte like you normally would. Just don’t heat up the eggnog.
If you want, you can add some whipped cream on top of your eggnog coffee before you sprinkle it with some nutmeg.
- Coffee grounds
- 1 cup eggnog
- Ground nutmeg to sprinkle over (Optional)
- Pull a double shot of espresso
- Put eggnog in a French press
- Heat the eggnog if it is not freshly made
- Froth the eggnog until nice and frothy
- Pour the eggnog over the espresso
- Finish of with a dusting of nutmeg
Some of My Other Favorite Holiday Drinks
There are so many holiday coffee drinks for you to try. Here are some of my other easy recipes that you simply have to try. All of them are absolutely amazing.
Pumpkin spice lattes are probably the most famous of Starbucks’s seasonal drinks. And with reason. I am one of those people who head to Starbucks as soon as I get the notification in the app that their pumpkin spice range for the year is available.
However, one, you can’t buy one each time you crave it. It is wayy too expensive. Two, it is seasonal and our cravings are not linked to a time of year is it?
Learn how to make a pumpkin spice latte here.
This latte is a glorious combination of maple syrup, pecans and coffee. If you want a sweet and cozy drink that will make your heart happy, this is the recipe to try.
Learn how to make a maple pecan latte here.
Next up, is a classic holiday flavor that reminds me of Shrek. Whenever I hear “gingerbread” I think of the gingerbread-man in the movie. This is why I feel like this is the perfect coffee drink for a movie night in on a cold winter’s night nearing the holidays.
So, make yourself a gingerbread latte and get cozy in front of the TV.
Learn how to make a gingerbread latte here.
Totally. The creamy sweetness of eggnog pairs perfectly with the bold taste of espresso.
Yes, eggnog can be frothed. I prefer to froth it with a French press and not the steam wand on my espresso machine.
Yes, here is an eggnog recipe that is made with almond milk.