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Eggnog Latte

An Eggnog Latte is quintessential to getting into the holiday spirit! Better than what you can get at a crowded coffee chain, this cozy coffee recipe uses brown sugar, warm vanilla, a touch of nutmeg for the perfect spice, and of course your favorite eggnog. Plus, no fancy espresso machine needed!

Sip this lovely latte alongside a breakfast of perfectly paired Eggnog Waffles or Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal! Or for something savory, try our Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash. For an added treat, bake up some Easy Sourdough Doughnuts as well.

Hot eggnog latte in a glass mug.

Eggnog Latte Recipe

The weather is starting to change and those cold breezes are making us all start to transition from fall to winter. If you’ve been on the pumpkin spice latte kick for a little too long, try switching up your coffee flavor with a little holiday spirit.

That’s right – it’s time to bust out the eggnog! Whether you like to make your own from scratch, buy a carton (or three) from the store, or have some boozy leftovers from the first of many holiday parties, this latte recipe is here for you. 

No need to wait in long lines at your local Starbucks, or go out and purchase a fancy espresso machine (although maybe you should ask Santa for one)! This Eggnog Latte recipe uses coffee from your own cozy kitchen and ingredients that will make your version taste just like the real thing.

Or better! Make it your own with your favorite eggnog and your own blend of spices! Let’s get frothy! 

How To Make An Eggnog Latte

  1. Stir the hot coffee, brown sugar and vanilla together in a coffee mug until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the eggnog, milk and nutmeg to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it starts to lightly simmer.
  3. Turn the heat off and use a milk frother or an immersion blender to froth the milk until bubbles start to form.
  4. Pour the frothed eggnog mixture over the coffee and stir to combine.
  5. Optional but always recommended, dollop on some whipped cream and sprinkle on some cinnamon or additional nutmeg for a garnish. Enjoy while hot and get toasty!
Top down view of coffee in a mug.
Top down view of frothed milk in a pan.
Top down view of eggnog mixture in a pan.
Top down view of eggnog latte in a mug.
Top down view of eggnog latte in a pan.
Large mug of eggnog latte with whipped topping.

Tips and Variations 

  • If you have the option, go ahead and use espresso instead of coffee for a more authentic taste. 
  • Make sure to pick a strong coffee if you aren’t able to use espresso. Think dark roasts. Ethiopian and Peruvian beans are great options!
  • If you decide to use homemade instead of store bought eggnog, it’s highly important you don’t get your eggnog too hot when warming it on the stove! Eggnog has eggs in it and if you get the custard drink too hot the eggs will start to cook and you’ll end up with a disgusting mess. You want it warm, not hot.
  • Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon or nutmeg to get the full fancy latte experience. 

Storage and Reheating 

Storage: This recipe is for one serving so best served up right away. You can adjust the recipe to make a larger batch of drink but we still don’t recommend storing. Enjoy while nice and hot!

Reheating: If your coffee does run cold before you can finish, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Glass mugs filled with latte.

Do you need an espresso machine to make an eggnog latte?

No, you it’s not necessary to use an espresso machine to make this recipe. While espresso is preferred over coffee, a strong coffee works great for this latte. Choose your favorite ground or whole bean coffee and you’ll have a freshly brewed latte in no time!

Can you use homemade eggnog?

Yes, absolutely! In the United States, eggnog is only available in supermarkets for a few weeks during the holidays. If you make homemade eggnog, you’ll be able to enjoy eggnog lattes year round.

Can you add alcohol to the latte?

Sure! Some eggnog already contains alcohol, especially if it’s homemade. If not, brandy, Bailey’s, or Kahlua would be some great options.

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Eggnog Latte

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Drink

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup coffee strong, freshly brewed
  • 1-2 tablespoons light brown sugar adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • ½ cup milk
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions 

  • Stir the coffee, brown sugar and vanilla together in a coffee mug.
    1 cup coffee
    1-2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Add the eggnog, milk and nutmeg to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it starts to lightly simmer.
    ½ cup eggnog
    ½ cup milk
    ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Turn the heat off and use a milk frother or an immersion blender to froth the milk until bubbles start to form.
  • Pour it over the coffee and stir to combine.
  • Optional: dollop on some whipped cream and sprinkle on some cinnamon for garnish.
  • See post for tips, frequently asked questions, and storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 (16 ounce) drink. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
 
*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Drink | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 331mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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