Skip the coffee shop and make this eggnog latte at home with a frothy blend of festive eggnog, milk, holiday spices, and brewed espresso or (or dark coffee).

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Prepared eggnog latte in a large mug with whipped cream and holiday garnish.

About Eggnog Latte

Perfect for chilly weather, this hot, frothy eggnog latte is quick and easy to make at home and tastes just as good as one from the local cafe.

Plus, being able to get your favorite caffeine fix without leaving your house means more time to enjoy all of the holiday festivities with friends and family.

What tools do you need to make a latte?

  • Medium saucepan and whisk – For heating up the latte.
  • A way to brew espresso – If you don’t already have a favorite method, see the next section for suggestions.
  • Milk frother – For giving this hot latte the trademark foamy texture.

How do you brew espresso at home?

A classic latte is made with espresso, so to recreate this classic drink, you’ll need to brew some up at home. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • First and foremost, an espresso machine is your best bet. If you love getting lattes like this from coffee shops, investing in one will save you money in the long run.
  • A Nespresso (or similar coffee-making system) that can brew espresso will work as well.
  • Stovetop Espresso Maker – Another option for brewing espresso on a burner on your stove.
  • You can also use a french press with a bold, rich roast. It will be coffee and not an espresso, but the bold flavor should be comparrable.
  • And last but not least, you can prepare and use some instant espresso.
Side view of a full glass mug of eggnog latte.

Can you use homemade eggnog?

Yes, you certainly can! However, I would recommend using eggnog where the eggs have already been tempered (cooked) as opposed to traditional eggnog (where the eggs are not cooked). This will avoid any issues with the eggs reacting to the heat as you warm up the ingredients for the latte.

Can you add alcohol?

Yes, you totally can!

To best compliment the flavors in this latte, I would recommend using spirits that are typically used paired with eggnog, such as dark rum, bourbon, or whisky. One or two tablespoons should do the trick without taking too much away from the flavor of the latte.

Can you use regular coffee instead of espresso?

Yes! Espresso can be substituted for an equal amount of dark roast coffee.

Can you make an eggnog latte in advance?

Bad news here, guys. Due to this being a hot, forthy drink, I can’t recommend making it in advance. For best results, enjoy it once it’s freshly made.

Notes & tips for eggnog lattes

  • Skip the brown sugar if you’d like to make the latte less sweet.
  • For a stronger latte, increase the amount of espresso from two tablespoons to four tablespoons.
  • If you don’t have a milk frother (or don’t want to buy one) you can get a similar effect by putting the eggnog mixture in a sealed jar and shaking it vigorously.
  • Depending on the size of your classes, this recipe could make enough for two drinks.
Top down view of an eggnog latte, showing off whipped cream and dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon.

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How to make an eggnog latte

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Heat and whisk the eggnog, milk, light brown sugar, and nutmeg in a saucepan until hot and steamy.

Step 2 – Remove the saucepan from heat, then use a milk frother to make the eggnog mixture nice and foamy.

Step 3 – Add the brewed espresso to a large mug or glass, then pour the frothy eggnog mixture on top.

Step 4 – Garnish the latte with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Prepared eggnog latte in a large mug with whipped cream and holiday garnish.
4.5 from 2 votes

Eggnog Latte

10 mins prep + 10 mins cook
442 kcal
Yields: 1 drink
Skip the coffee shop and make this eggnog latte at home with a frothy blend of festive eggnog, milk, holiday spices, and brewed espresso or (or dark coffee).

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add eggnog, milk, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is hot and starts to steam, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove saucepan from heat. Use a milk frother to whip eggnog mixture until it's foamy to your liking.
  • Add brewed espresso to a large mug, then pour in frothed eggnog mixture. Gently stir to combine.
  • Top latte with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon on top (all optional.)
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 810mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 983IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 640mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy
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