An eggnog latte is the perfect hot beverage to enjoy during the holidays. Espresso, hot, foamy milk and a little eggnog to give it a hint of sweet flavor.
I haven't discussed my love for coffee very much on this blog. But I do love it.
I don't drink a lot of it - just two cups in the morning, and maybe an occasional half-caff cup in the afternoon, if I really feel like it. If I drink any caffeine later than around 2 or 3PM, I know I'll have a hard time sleeping.
But I'm very particular with my coffee. I roast my own in a dedicated coffee roasting popcorn maker on my back deck. For the few months that it's too cold for that, I buy freshly roasted beans from a local roaster.
Every morning, I make an espresso-esque small portion of very strong coffee in my Aeropress and mix it with frothed milk to make myself a plain, unsweetened latte.
I get grumpy when I can't have my coffee my way, like when I'm traveling. The only time my routine differs is during the approximately one month leading up to Christmas, and I get a little wild.
How do you make an Eggnog Latte?
During these 4 crazy weeks, I give up my plain old latte and spice things up with an Eggnog Latte every morning.
That's right folks, for one month out of the year, I simply replace ¼ cup of the milk in my latte with ¼ cup of creamy, delicious, (full fat) eggnog.
That simple little ingredient switcheroo makes my morning coffee feel like such a luxurious treat, and I'm always a little sad when the New Year rolls around and Eggnog disappears from the shelves.
I decided I would write the recipe down (type it up?) and take a few pictures of it, so you too can experience the delicious treat that is the eggnog latte.
While I savor mine in the morning, it also makes for a wonderful afternoon pick-me-up if you've spent the day Christmas shopping, baking, or cleaning the house to get ready for the Holidays.
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Eggnog Latte Nutrition Notes:
Nutrition information (see recipe below) is calculated using 1% milk. Nutrition info for your eggnog latte will vary based on the type of milk you choose, as well as your brand of eggnog, as nutrition info for commercially available eggnog can vary.
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup eggnog
- ½ cup espresso or strong brewed coffee
- fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
- Warm coffee mug by filling it with hot water and letting it sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
- If using an immersion blender or battery-powered milk frother: froth ½ cup milk until it becomes thick and voluminous. Add ¼ cup eggnog and microwave until hot (I do 1 minute at full power, stir, then 30 more seconds)
- If using a milk steamer: steam ½ cup milk with a steam wand until milk becomes hot and frothy. Stir in ¼ cup eggnog, then steam again until hot.
- Pour ½ cup espresso or strong brewed coffee into a warmed coffee mug. Pour hot milk/eggnog mixture into coffee. Top with fresh grated nutmeg if desired.