There’s no better time of year for a hot cup of coffee than winter. Getting out of bed and leaving the protection of your warm blankets is only possible if there is a tasty cup of coffee waiting for you and no holiday gathering is complete without some coffee after dinner. If you’re looking for some new ideas to stir it up this winter, this guide is for you! We’ve put together this list of delicious coffee recipes with a winter twist to help you stay warm and impress your family around the holidays.
Top 15 Delicious Winter Coffee Recipes
1. Eggnog Latte Recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Eggnog is a classic winter beverage that everyone loves. It’s creamy and sweet which got us thinking: this would be perfect for a latte! Eggnog in coffee acts as a creamer and makes a delicious, unique latte.
1-cup of coffee
¼-cup cream or half & half
⅛-teaspoons of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg
Heat the eggnog in a small pot over low to medium heat. Keep the eggnog below a rolling boil and simmer. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar if you want a sweeter drink. Whisk continuously for 3 minutes or until the mixture is thick.
Make a cup of coffee. Stronger is better to handle the sweetness of the eggnog.
Add the thickened eggnog to the coffee.
We like to top with whipped cream and sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg over the top as a finishing touch.
2. Butterscotch Caramel Coffee Recipe from Livinglocurto
What could be more wintry than a gingerbread house? A gingerbread latte, of course! We love this recipe because it is low maintenance and makes a delicious winter beverage. And you can top your tasty latte with a gingerbread cookie for extra cheer.
Gingerbread Latte Recipe
If holidays make you think of cozy nights by the fire and spiced gingerbread cookies, this is the latte recipe for you! Whisk espresso, molasses, and spices and top with velvety steamed milk for the perfect winter treat.
This spiced coffee is a delightful way to add a little heat in the middle of winter. It takes a little more effort to make than some other recipes, but we think it’s more than worth it.
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup whole coffee beans
10 cardamom pods, crushed
2 star anise
½ quart water
⅓ cup powdered sugar
½ cup Kahlua (substitute ½ cup coffee for a non-alcoholic version)
⅓ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Leave the whipping cream, mixing bowl, and beater in the refrigerator overnight. This will prevent sticking when you mix the ingredients.
Combine the coffee beans, star anise, and ½ quart of water in a medium pot. Simmer on low heat until the liquid component is reduced to ¼ quart.
Whisk the cream in the chilled mixing bowl with the chilled beater until it starts to peak. This usually takes 1-2 minutes of vigorous beating. At this point, add the sugar and whisk for another 2-3 minutes.
Strain the coffee bean mixture and discard the solids. Combine the Kahlua (or coffee) and brown sugar.
Serve in a large mug and top with cream and a pinch of cinnamon and cocoa.
5. Peppermint Toddy with Coffee Recipe from kitchn
You probably see a pattern developing. These drinks are mostly just desserts with coffee in a mug. But that’s what winter is all about. White chocolate isn’t everyone’s favorite, but if you like it, this drink is a must-try.
6 cups coffee
2 cups milk (we recommend almond milk)
1 cup white chocolate chips
Heat the milk over low to medium heat in a small saucepan. Turn the heat down to low once bubbles start to form. Don’t let the milk boil!
Add the white chocolate chips to the milk and stir until they are fully melted to make a thick syrup.
Combine the coffee and chocolate syrup and garnish with whipped cream.
7. Caramel Brûlée Coffee Recipe from Foxes Love Lemons
This is a quick and easy recipe, but boy, do we love it! There are only a few ingredients and it doesn’t take long to make. It’s the perfect drink for a quick cold-weather pick-me-up!
2 cups coffee
1 cup milk
¼ cup caramel sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Brew 2 cups of coffee using your favorite method. Standard strength coffee works well.
Stir together the milk, caramel sauce, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Once they are well mixed, heat on medium for 4-5 minutes while stirring often. Don’t let the mixture settle or you risk burning the brown sugar.
Split the coffee into two mugs and fill each with an equal amount of the milk mixture.
Top with whipped cream. We like to drizzle with extra caramel sauce for some added sweetness.
We could easily fill this list with only peppermint drinks, but we’re holding back in the interest of variety. This mocha blends chocolate, coffee, and peppermint in a distinctly wintry – and delicious – drink. It definitely deserves a spot.
¾ cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup espresso (or strong coffee)
½ teaspoons mint extract or ½ peppermint candy cane
¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of chocolate shavings
Add milk, unsweetened cocoa, and sugar to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Stir occasionally.
While the milk mixture is heating, brew ¾ cup espresso or strong coffee.
Pour into large mugs and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle chocolate shavings on the whipped cream for an extra flourish.
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cold beverage. This is a little bit different than our other drinks so far. It uses a cold brew concentrate, so the resulting drink is smooth and naturally sweet. You might want to grab another blanket, though.
¾ cup coarse ground coffee
3 cups water
1 cup ice
3 tablespoons vodka
3 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
The night before, make a cold brew concentrate. In a large glass container, mix the ground coffee and water. Stir until all of the coffee grounds are saturated. Cover and leave on the counter for 12-16 hours.
After 12-16 hours, filter the cold brew to remove all of the coffee particles.
Combine the vodka, coffee-flavored liqueur, and cold brew concentrate in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 15-30 seconds.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a few whole coffee beans.
10. Spiced Cold Brew Recipe from Fuss-Free Flavours
Sticking with the cold brew theme, we have a recipe for spiced coffee. Cold brew is a great coffee to add spices to because of it’s naturally sweet, chocolatey flavor. This spiced coffee can be served hot or cold.
50 g ground coffee
500 ml water
1 stick cinnamon
2 whole cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Add the spices, coffee, and water to a glass jar or container. Stir until all of the coffee grounds are wet.
Steep overnight on the counter for 12-16 hours.
Filter out the coffee and spices and serve.
If you prefer hot coffee, heat in a small pan or in the microwave until the desired temperature.
Last stop, Italy! We finish our country themed drink section with what we like to think of as a poor man’s mocha. Bicerin coffee is a mix of hot chocolate and coffee that is a tasty way to warm up on a bitter cold winter day.
½ cup coffee
½ cup hot chocolate
¼ cup heavy cream
Brew ½ cup of coffee using your favorite method.
Make a cup of hot chocolate and fill ⅓ of your mug with it
Whip the heavy cream in a small bowl until it starts to thicken. Stop before it becomes too thick to pour.
Just like the Irish cream recipe, pour the coffee over the back of a spoon onto the hot chocolate. The coffee will sit on top of the chocolate and make its own layer.
Now pour the cream over the spoon to float it on top of the coffee.
We saved one of our favorites – and one of the most unique recipes – for last. This recipe makes a batch of spiced wine coffee that serves 4-5 people. Make sure you write this one down because people are going to ask you for it.
8 ounces of red wine (any varietal is fine)
24 ounces of cold brew concentrate
1 sliced orange
5 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves
2 tablespoons honey
Combine the cold brew concentrate, red wine, orange slices, and spices in a large pot.
Bring the entire mixture to a boil and then turn the heat down to low.
Add the honey and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes
Oliver (Ollie) Jones is a zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia. Originally from the US, he thought he loved coffee before his big move down under, but his discovery of the flat white and the cafe on every corner has taken his coffee passion to a whole new level. He's so excited to share his knowledge and experience with readers worldwide (and keep testing coffee drinks while he's at it).