Eggnog Lattes are the cozy, warm Christmas drink that smells and tastes like the holidays in a glass. Skip the coffee shop and make this latte recipe at home with real eggnog instead of flavored syrup for a creamy, frothy espresso drink for winter!
Lattes are my favorite coffee drink, and this Eggnog Latte is the dreamiest on Christmas morning or a chilly afternoon. If you’ve tried the Starbucks eggnog latteon your latest drive-thru adventure, you’ll love this recipe. This 5-ingredient recipe is super simple and doesn’t requite any fancy barista equipment!
Ingredients for Eggnog Lattes
For all the specifics of how to make a latte at home, check out the recipe card at the end of this post! You’ll only need:
- Liquid sweetener
You only need the eggnog and espresso, but I like to add a little sugar in my coffee. And if you use a sweetened eggnog, like my favorite vanilla eggnog, you don’t even need to add extra sugar.
The cinnamon and nutmeg combination also pairs perfectly with creamy eggnog. Don’t skip these warm winter spices for this drink!
What is a Latte?
A caffé latte, or more commonly called latte, is an Italian coffee drink made with espresso and frothed milk.
My favorite latte is a hot vanilla latte but for this eggnog latte recipe, I swap the regular milk for eggnog, which is typically made with cream and raw eggs (though most store-bought eggnog varieties are pasteurized).
You can change this delicious coffee drink in so many ways, like adding brown sugar cinnamon syrup for a cinnamon dolce latte or chocolate for a mocha latte or liquid sweetener for a little bit of sweet with your coffee.
You can even swap the dairy for dairy-free milks or switch the espresso with tea like chai or matcha!
And lattes don’t have to be hot! You can always change it up and make this an iced eggnog latte.
How to Make Lattes at Home
This latte recipe is super simple! The complete instructions for this Eggnog Latte are in the recipe card below, but here’s the basics.
- First, we froth! You can use an electric frother if you have one or you can simply heat the eggnog in a saucepan and whisk. You’ll also want to have your espresso brewed and ready.
- To build your latte, start with the espresso. Then, add your liquid sweetener to the mug and mix.
- Finally, add a little warm eggnog and top it with a dollop of frothed eggnog. Dust it all with a little nutmeg and cinnamon and enjoy!
Do Eggnog Lattes Contain Alcohol?
That’s up to you! This Eggnog Latte recipe is family-friendly and does not include alcohol, but you can certainly add some for an after dinner treat.
A nutty, brown liquor is the typical go-to for eggnog, like bourbon, rum, whiskey, or brandy. How much alcohol you’d add to a homemade latte is up to you, but a standard serving is one shot or one ounce.
If adding alcohol, I would recommend adding it before the frothed eggnog. Mix it with the espresso for a drink that will warm you up in more ways than one!
What to Serve with This
As soon as I see the Starbucks Christmas drinks are back, this eggnog latte recipe is always on my mind. While I love those adorable red and green seasonal cups, this tastes so much better because it’s got real eggnog!
Coffee is meant to be paired with coffee cake, and this New York Style Crumb Cake is the perfect dessert-for-breakfast treat!
Otherwise, these almond-flavored traditional Italian Christmas cookies would be amazing paired with these eggnog lattes.
For a true dessert to double your eggnog intake, this Eggnog Ice Box Cake is super simple and truly delicious. Ditch the pies and serve this showstopper for Christmas dessert.
When it comes to dessert, I like simple, and this Vanilla Bean Eggnog Bundt Cake is super simple! No glaze, no decorations — just deliciously moist cake you can pair with Eggnog Lattes or any ice cream.
If your family doesn’t love eggnog as much as I do, you can always change it up with this Gingerbread Latte! Just as perfect for the holidays but no eggnog here.
During the holidays, I go into grazing mode. I find myself snacking constantly and never wanting a full meal from Halloween to New Year’s Day. This dessert charcuterie board is perfect for grazing and the best sweet option for a potluck or dinner party! There’s something for everyone here.
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- 2 shots of brewed hot espresso (approximately 2 oz)
- 8 oz eggnog
- 1 oz liquid sweetener, such as a simple syrup or vanilla syrup (optional)
- Freshly grated nutmeg or ground cinnamon
- Froth the eggnog. For this, you can use an electric milk frother or heat the eggnog in a small sauce pan on the stove and whisk until it's frothy.
- Pour the espresso into a 16 oz coffee mug or heatproof coffee glass. (See note below.)
- Add the liquid sweetener to the mug or glass and stir to combine.
- Pour hot eggnog into the glass and then dollop the frothy eggnog on top of the drink. Sprinkle with some freshly grated nutmeg or ground cinnamon. Serve while still hot.
You can either brew the espresso directly into the mug or glass if you have an espresso machine or make the espresso on the stove top and pour it into the mug or glass when finished brewing.
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