As fall turns to winter, many of us move from pumpkin spice lattes to something a little more festive. Anytime we think about the holidays, we think about eggnog. We’re also coffee lovers, so we might as well throw the two together. Even better, you don’t have to buy eggnog lattes at coffee shops – they’re just as easy to whip up at home!
To help you create a delicious, creamy eggnog latte, we’ve put together this guided recipe. Follow along, and you’ll soon have your own delicious seasonal drink!
What You’ll Need:
You don’t need any fancy barista equipment for this drink, but if you have it, it might come in handy! Everything on this list can be found in your kitchen or at the local grocer’s.
Around the holidays, cartons of eggnog can be easily found in grocery stores. If you’re craving an eggnog latte at a different time of year, we recommend buying a powdered eggnog mix online.
Once you’re ready, make your way to the kitchen and turn on that stove — it’s time to get cooking!
1. Grind your coffee.
Whether you are using espresso or strong coffee, you will need to grind it first. If you’re making espresso, we recommend 20-22 grams of fresh, finely-ground coffee beans. If you are using another extraction method, we recommend using more coffee than you normally would. We advise against flavored coffees, as this will only detract from the delicious eggnog spices.
2. Make or heat your eggnog.
Heat refrigerated eggnog on the stove over low heat. We want to avoid burning or boiling the ‘nog, so keep it below 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re using powdered eggnog, whisk it with hot water until you have smooth, frothy liquid.
3. Extract your coffee.
Whatever method you have chosen, now is the time to brew your espresso. We used a Wacaco Minipresso, but you can use any espresso machine, portable espresso maker, or Moka pot. If you prefer, you can substitute strong coffee brewed using your favorite method.
5. Pour the eggnog over the coffee.
Many lattes use frothed milk, but eggnog already has its own flavor profile and creamy sweetness, so it just needs to be heated. Using a spoon or whisk, mix the eggnog and coffee thoroughly.
6. Top with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Top with cinnamon and nutmeg, and you’ll have a wonderful and festive holiday drink!
Some people prefer cutting their eggnog with milk. Others like to liven up their beverages with a little something extra (such as Kahlúa, homemade coffee liqueur, or rum). As long as it is delicious and enjoyed responsibly, why not get creative?
If you want to be really thorough, you can make your own eggnog. This is actually a pretty easy process and will add about 30-40 minutes of prep time. One of the perks of making your own eggnog is that you can control how sweet it is. You also get to brag that this perfect wintry drink was made 100% from scratch, 100% by you.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with tasty eggnog lattes!
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