An excellent variation of traditional eggnog is this Spiked Eggnog Latte.
The combination of dark espresso, steaming, creamy eggnog, and a hint of Baileys Irish cream makes for a decadent and delightful drink that will warm you from head to toe.
Anyone may enjoy this latte on a chilly winter day because it doesn’t take any specialized equipment to brew it at home.
It’s time to bust out the Eggnog Latte for the holidays!
The flood of holiday consumers who want to treat themselves and their guests to this seasonal favorite will find grocery coolers stocked and prepared.
I enjoy drinking eggnog, and I typically choose the light variety (or thin out the regular variety by adding a little low-fat milk) and top it with spiced rum, nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.
This brings back cherished memories of gathering with family and friends to decorate the tree or simply play games.
A lovely, hot, coffee-kissed cup of eggnog on a frigid winter day is the only thing nicer than a glass of the stuff!
Every time I visit my neighborhood cafe, I always transform my ordinary drink into an eggnog latte-inspired beverage by drizzling a little eggnog on top.
(Inquiring minds want to know… my go-to drink is an Americano Misto, which is a latte that is half water and half milk so it isn’t too rich.)
My incredible decadent eggnog latte recipe was offered by my friend Donnalea, who collaborates with me on this site virtually every day. It’s kind of her go-to holiday beverage, and it’s understandable why—I’m sure it’ll be a staple here too!
So, this week, when we were cooking green beans, pork tenderloin, and plenty of other things for the blog, we sneakily snuck in a Baileys Eggnog Latte in the afternoon.
You know, “for work.” It must be considered work if we snap images and post them to the blog, am I right?
Lattes are undoubtedly one of my indulgences, and while I adore them on their own, I find that sharing them with friends makes them even better. The ideal approach to spending time with friends is to sip on a warm, steamy mug of milk kissed with coffee.
One of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever been to is Breckenridge, Colorado, where I recently went on a blog retreat with pals.
I have to say that my favorite times were the morning lattes, coffees, and trips to the loveliest Starbucks in the world to buy mugs for my daughters. (Alright, plus the trip to The Canteen—go there when you’re in Breckenridge—that lunch was EPIC)
The most adorable Starbucks ever, right?
Now let’s talk about Donnalea’s eggnog lattes!
Eggnog was first prepared (light is preferred, but any will do), and then the secret ingredient was added. To transform this ordinary eggnog latte into a warm embrace in a mug, add Baileys Irish cream! Ideal to accompany your preferred coffee cake or festive treat!
Not only is this hot beverage wonderful, but it’s also incredibly simple to create and requires no special tools at all!
Making a Latte at Home
- Espresso: The base for this beverage must be dark espresso! You can create espresso with an espresso maker, a coffee pod (or espresso K-cup), or just water and instant espresso grounds.
- Eggnog or milk: If you don’t have a steamer, warm the milk in a microwave or a small saucepan until it is hot. When hot, foam it up by whisking, forking, or using a frother. If you’d like, you may put your milk in a mason jar and shake it until it foams up before heating.
- Ratio: I want a stronger coffee flavor but prefer 1/4 espresso to 3/4 milk/eggnog. Once you’ve found the ideal ratio, start adding milk gradually and keep going until you do!
- Flavorings: For a little more taste, you can top your latte with spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or add sweeteners, vanilla syrup, or both.
- Make it Spirituous: If you’re wondering what alcoholic beverage pairs well with eggnog, we recommend Baileys Irish Cream or Kahlua. Please feel free to experiment; we spike our lattes with around one ounce of booze (Rum Chata is another fantastic option).
- Keep it hot: Fill your mugs with hot tap water as you prepare your ingredients and heat any additions (syrups/alcohols) at the same time as the milk to keep your latte hot.
- Add some foam on top: Before serving, spoon some foam over the top of your latte to help retain the heat.
Any time of the day is ideal for this hot beverage! Enjoy it on Christmas morning as you open your presents, or spend some time for yourself in the afternoon by curling up with a new book by the fire.
Additionally, it’s a terrific way to end Christmas dinner as you push away from the table once you’re full of holiday fare!
Simply exclude the booze if you want to prepare a non-alcoholic version of this dish. Whatever the case, this Eggnog will cozy up your heart this Christmas season.
Happy holidays from our homes to yours! xoxo
This wonderful eggnog can be made with no special tools, making it the ideal beverage for everyone to enjoy on a chilly winter day.
|five minutes to prepare
1 minute for cooking
period: 6 minutes
- 2 cups light eggnog
- 2 ounces dark espresso pod, fresh or instant
- ground nutmeg ground cinnamon and/or cinnamon stick for garnish
- 2 ounces Irish cream liquor
Instructions for Eggnog Latte
- Espresso is ready; divide it evenly between the two mugs.
- Blend eggnog and Irish cream in a sizable measuring cup that can withstand the microwave.
- Heat for 1 minute, followed by subsequent intervals of 30 seconds, just until the milk begins to boil.
- The heated milk mixture should be frothed with a frother or a whisk.
- Add the hot espresso on top and add garnishes as desired.
Calories: 416 | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 1421mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 370mg | Iron: 2mg