Eggnog Holiday Latte: Warm Up Your Festivities!

As the cool breeze of winter starts blowing, nothing screams holiday cheer more than sipping on a warm and creamy Eggnog Latte. The rich aroma of brewed coffee combining with the creamy, nutmeg-spiced eggnog is a match made in heaven that will warm your heart and soul. In this recipe, I will unveil the secrets of making this delicious holiday drink at home, making it better than Starbucks or any other café.

Making an Eggnog Latte from scratch might sound intimidating, but trust me, it’s easier than you think! With a few simple ingredients and some tips, you can have a warm and comforting cup of latte in no time. So let’s get started and spread some holiday joy by making our Eggnog Latte with love and care – just like mom makes it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Eggnog Holiday Latte
Eggnog Holiday Latte

Are you looking for a holiday treat that will satisfy your cravings and warm you up from the inside out? Look no further than this eggnog latte recipe!

This homemade eggnog latte is unlike any you’ll find at Starbucks or other coffee shops. It’s made with rich, creamy eggnog, which brings a classic holiday flavor to your cup of joe. The addition of steamed milk and shots of espresso make it the perfect balance of sweet and bold, while a dash of ground nutmeg adds a festive touch to each sip.

Not only does this recipe taste delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients and a good quality espresso machine or coffee maker. Plus, if you’re feeling creative, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try to make it your own.

So, whether you’re sipping on this eggnog latte in front of the fireplace or serving it up to guests at your next holiday gathering, this recipe is sure to bring some cheer into your home. Give it a try and see why it’s quickly becoming a favorite among coffee lovers everywhere!

Ingredient List

 The perfect holiday treat for cozy mornings!
The perfect holiday treat for cozy mornings!

Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this Eggnog Holiday Latte Recipe. Don’t worry, the ingredients are easily accessible and most of them can be found in your local grocery store.

Here’s Your Shopping List:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of homemade eggnog or starbucks eggnog
  • 2 shots of espresso or 3/4 cup of brewed coffee
  • 2 pumps of gingerbread syrup (optional)
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg for garnish

For the homemade eggnog, you’ll need the following ingredients:
– 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
– 1 1/2 cups of whole milk
– 3 large eggs
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

If possible, choose high-quality, fresh products. The better the quality of ingredients, the better your results will be.

The Recipe How-To

Brewing a Better Eggnog Latte

Now, let’s get to the fun part- making your homemade Eggnog Latte with this easy recipe! No need to go to Starbucks because we’ve got you covered. You can make one just as good if not better, right at home.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of strong coffee or brewed espresso
  • 2/3 cup of homemade eggnog (You can also use store-bought eggnog)
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 pumps of Starbucks holiday blend coffee syrup (optional)
  • Nutmeg whipped cream: 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the steamed eggnog and milk over medium heat until hot.
  2. Next, remove from heat and froth using an immersion blender or blender until creamy and rich.
  3. Pour brewed coffee into a 12-ounce mug.
  4. Add the frothed milk and eggnog on top of the coffee.
  5. To sweeten, add maple syrup and holiday blend coffee syrup to taste (optional).
  6. Nutmeg whipped cream: In a mixing bowl, whip heavy cream until it becomes thick.
  7. Add maple syrup and ground nutmeg, then whisk again.
  8. Scoop it on top of your homemade eggnog latte warm.
  9. Sprinkle some ground nutmeg over the whipped cream as a finishing touch.

Voila! Your homemade eggnog latte is ready to be served with some holiday cheer.

Substitutions and Variations

 A creamy and decadent latte for eggnog lovers.
A creamy and decadent latte for eggnog lovers.

Are you looking to put a twist on the traditional eggnog latte? I have some exciting substitutions and variations that will elevate your eggnog latte game!

Firstly, if you don’t have any eggnog on hand, don’t worry! You can easily make your own homemade eggnog by combining 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of milk, ⅓ cup of maple syrup, and 4 beaten eggs over low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens, and then remove it from heat to cool.

For those looking for a lighter version of this creamy delight, replace 1/2 cup of milk with almond or soy milk. You can also use whole milk instead of eggnog if you prefer a less creamy texture.

If you are feeling adventurous, try adding a gingerbread twist by adding 2 tablespoons of gingerbread cookie syrup or substitute the whipped cream with marshmallow fluff for an extra spongy texture. You can even experiment with different types of coffee blends or add a shot of espresso to really kick-start your day.

For added spiciness or sweetness, sprinkle some cinnamon or cardamom in your mixture or substitute the nutmeg with pumpkin spice.

Whether you prefer your eggnog latte warm or chilled, these substitutions and variations are sure to light up your holiday cheer!

Serving and Pairing

 Let your taste buds dance with every sip of this creamy eggnog latte.
Let your taste buds dance with every sip of this creamy eggnog latte.

Ah, nothing like sipping on a warm cup of eggnog latte on a chilly winter morning! This homemade eggnog latte recipe is perfect for serving during the holiday season. It’s comforting, creamy and oh-so-delicious. Here are my suggestions for serving and pairing.

Firstly, I recommend serving this latte warm in a 12-ounce mug. You could even garnish the latte with some whipped cream and sprinkle some nutmeg on top. Trust me, it looks pretty and tastes amazing!

When it comes to pairing the eggnog latte, a cozy holiday breakfast spread would do wonders. Some ideas include gingerbread pancakes, cinnamon rolls, or classic French toast. For something more savory, try pairing it with an egg and cheese sandwich, or a quiche.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to step up your latte game, consider adding a tablespoon of maple syrup while making it or drizzling some over the whipped cream topping. The maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness that pairs well with the creamy eggnog flavor.

For an added twist to your morning routine, try incorporating some espresso shots for a kick of caffeine – although you could just substitute brewed coffee for the espresso shot. This will make your regular morning much better and help you celebrate the holiday cheer at the same time!

In summary, this easy eggnog latte recipe is perfect for serving during the winter holidays. Pair it with some delicious holiday treats and enjoy as part of your cozy morning routine!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Satisfy your caffeine cravings with this festive drink.
Satisfy your caffeine cravings with this festive drink.

One of the best things about this eggnog holiday latte recipe is that you can easily make it ahead of time and store it for later. This makes it perfect for holiday gatherings or when you just want to have a cozy drink on a lazy day.

To make this recipe ahead of time, simply follow the instructions in section (4) The Recipe How-To, but don’t add the whipped cream and nutmeg. Instead, keep the latte warm by placing it in a thermos or a sealable container. You can also store it in your fridge if you plan on serving it later during the day.

When it’s time to serve, simply reheat the latte in the microwave or on the stovetop until it’s hot. Adding a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg will take your drink to the next level.

If you have any leftovers, we recommend storing them in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 3 days. However, be aware that the whipped cream may lose its texture over time.

To reheat leftover latte, simply add it to a pan and heat it up over low heat. You can also microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until warm.

Overall, this eggnog holiday latte recipe is easy to make ahead of time and store for later. Just be sure to store any leftovers properly to preserve their flavor and freshness.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A holiday twist on a classic coffeehouse favorite – Don't miss out!
A holiday twist on a classic coffeehouse favorite – Don’t miss out!

To make sure that your homemade eggnog latte turns out as good as the Starbucks holiday classic, here are some tips that I’ve learned over the years:

Start with Fresh Eggnog

Using fresh eggnog is the key to getting that creamy, velvety texture in your latte. Homemade eggnog is always a great option since you can control the amount of sugar and spice that goes into it. If you prefer store-bought eggnog, make sure to check the expiration date and use it within a week of opening.

Use High-Quality Coffee or Espresso

For an extra kick of caffeine and flavor, use high-quality coffee or espresso. You want a strong coffee flavor to cut through the rich, sweet eggnog. Try using Starbucks holiday blend or your favorite dark roast.

Steam the Eggnog and Milk Together

To achieve the perfect texture, steam the milk and eggnog together. This will help ensure even heat distribution and prevent scorching. The combination of steamed milk and creamy eggnog will create a frothy latte with a velvety texture.

Add Nutmeg on Top

Nutmeg is essential in achieving that classic eggnog flavor in your latte. Sprinkle some freshly grated nutmeg on top of your latte before serving for an extra boost of flavor and aroma.

Garnish with Whipped Cream

What’s an eggnog latte without whipped cream? Add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with more nutmeg to complete the festive holiday feel.

Experiment with Additional Flavors

Try adding additional flavors like cinnamon, vanilla extract, or maple syrup to switch things up. Play around with different proportions until you find your perfect balance.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create a homemade eggnog latte that rivals any coffee shop offering. So pour yourself a mug and enjoy some holiday cheer!


As you try out this homemade Eggnog Holiday Latte recipe, you may have some questions about the ingredients, the process, or how to make this recipe better than Starbucks. So here are some frequently asked questions to help guide you through your Eggnog Latte experience.

Is Starbucks discontinuing Eggnog Latte?

Starbucks has recently released its holiday drink menu for this year, but those looking forward to the return of the classic Eggnog beverage will be disappointed as it did not make the list. The absence of this iconic holiday drink that was once a staple of the season has left many patrons feeling let down.

What is Eggnog Latte made of?

One coffee beverage that enjoys popularity for its rich and decadent flavor is the Eggnog Latte from Starbucks. The recipe involves a combination of steamed milk, espresso, and deliciously creamy eggnog. The espresso’s bold and rich flavor pairs perfectly with the smooth and sweet taste of the eggnog, giving coffee lovers an indulgent and satisfying treat.

How do I order a Starbucks Eggnog Latte?

Let me share with you a scrumptious recipe for a delectable latte that will tantalize your taste buds. Begin by requesting a grande latte and adding a few delicious add-ons that will take it to the next level. Sweeten it up with 2 pumps of vanilla and an irresistible pump of caramel. For that extra spice, add 2 pumps of chai. Finally, cap it off with a generous topping of whipped cream and some mouth-watering sugar cookie sprinkles. This latte will surely be a crowd-pleaser!

Why did Starbucks drop Eggnog Latte?

In November 2014, a well-known coffee chain made a decision to discontinue their popular Eggnog Latte as they aimed to streamline their menu. However, the decision did not go over well with their customers. The outcry began with letters, moved onto phone calls, and even spread to social media. As a result of the backlash, the company decided to bring back the beloved Eggnog Latte nationwide, admitting that discontinuing it had been a mistake.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this homemade eggnog latte recipe is the perfect holiday treat to enjoy during the most wonderful time of the year. With its rich and creamy texture and delicious nutmeg flavor, it’s sure to impress even the toughest coffee critics.

As opposed to purchasing expensive Starbucks Eggnog Latte drinks, this recipe makes use of ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen – such as homemade eggnog, steamed milk, and strong coffee. The customization options are endless; you can add whipped cream or maple syrup to make it extra sweet according to your preference.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions or variations in ingredients for a unique twist on the classic Eggnog Latte. And don’t forget to share this easy Eggnog Latte recipe with family and friends over some holiday cheer!

Enjoy the season by indulging yourself with a warm cup of eggnog latte, and avoid the long lines at Starbucks. This recipe will not only save you money but also give you a more authentic festive experience that you’ll enjoy making again and again!

Eggnog Holiday Latte

Eggnog Holiday Latte Recipe

Print Recipe
Here's a basic eggnog latte with several variations. From Cappuccino Espresso the Book of Beverages by Christie and Thomas Katona.
Course Beverage
Cuisine Holiday
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Christmas, Easy, Thanksgiving, Winter
Prep Time 5 mins
Calories 126.3


  • 1 fluid ounce espresso
  • 5 ounces eggnog, steamed and foamed
  • nutmeg, for garnish


  • Pour espresso into an 8-ounce cup. Add steamed eggnog, top with foamed eggnog and sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Serve immediately.
  • There are many possible variations for this latte. For example, add 1 oz. Swedish rum syrup; add 1 oz. liquor of choice, such as brandy, rum or whiskey; add 1 oz. liqueur of choice, such as creme de cacao, Kahlua or Frangelico. Or, add 1/2 oz. fruit-flavored syrup, such as apricot or peach.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 173g | Calories: 126.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.5g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 84.3mg | Sodium: 81.3mg | Sugar: 12g

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