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Jolly Eggnog Latte for the Holidays

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Holiday, Drinks10 min
A festive latte is just the thing for the holidays. Try this creamy eggnog latte to warm you from the inside-out.
A sprinkling of nutmeg rains down over the whipped cream garnish on a festive holiday latte.

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Eggnog is one of those classic holiday drinks that you either love or hate. Personally, I’m on the love train. I can’t wait for my first sip of creamy ‘nog each and every year! When I found out that you can incorporate eggnog into your morning coffee, I was hooked! An eggnog latte is the perfect twist on my favorite festive beverage and a must-add to your holiday menu.

A steamy, frothy eggnog mixture pours into a mug of hot coffee creating creamy tan and beige swirls.

Does eggnog have alcohol in it?

Nope, this eggnog latte is completely alcohol free. This makes it the perfect drink from breakfast all the way to your post-dinner cozy beverage. But you can totally spice up your holiday ‘nog by making an eggnog martini or adding some bourbon to your eggnog!

What’s in an eggnog latte?

The recipe for an eggnog latte is short and very sweet. All you’ll need are:

  • Espresso or a cup of strong brewed black coffee
  • Eggnog
  • Nutmeg
  • Maple syrup
  • Some whipped cream to top it off

A Christmas latte in a glass mug with a thick layer of creamy foam on top.

Do I need to make the eggnog from scratch?

That is completely up to you! I prefer homemade eggnog because it’s super simple to make, and it has an even richer taste than the stuff you find in stores. Making eggnog from scratch allows you to better control the ingredients, too. For example, if you have a dairy allergy, you can make a coconut milk eggnog that’s just as rich and tasty as the original. Of course, if you’re short on time, you can always use your favorite store-bought eggnog to make your eggnog latte.

Can I use a mix of regular milk and eggnog?

Diluting the eggnog with milk takes away from the rich flavor of your homemade eggnog latte. You’re best off using pure eggnog to get the full range of spices it’s so well known for.

Do I need an espresso maker?

You don’t absolutely need an espresso maker for this eggnog latte recipe—you can make it with strong black coffee instead. However, using a shot or two of espresso in place of black coffee really allows the flavor of the coffee to shine through so it’s not overpowered by the eggnog and syrup. If you really want to replicate the coffeeshop lattes, I highly recommend investing in a Bialetti Express espresso machine. It’s a low investment for a fantastic cup of strong espresso.

How do I make an eggnog latte?

Collage of four simple steps to make an eggnog latte. A text overlay reads, "How to Make an Eggnog Latte."

  1. Heat the eggnog, nutmeg, and maple syrup in a small saucepan until it reaches a boil.
  2. Remove the eggnog mixture from the heat and use a milk frother, immersion blender, or whisk to whip it into a froth.
  3. Meanwhile, brew the espresso or coffee and pour it into a mug. Top the coffee with the frothed eggnog mixture.
  4. Garnish with a dollop or two of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Yum!

Wholefully Protip

If you feel like sharing, you can easily double this recipe so that you and a friend can both enjoy a delicious eggnog coffee!

Can I make a vegan version of this eggnog latte?

If you have a vegan eggnog you like, sure. We’ve had trouble finding a plant-based eggnog that has the creaminess of traditional eggnog that we love, but if creaminess and a nice, thick foam isn’t a priority for you, you can use vegan eggnog.

Whipped cream garnishes a homemade eggnog latte in a glass mug.

Looking for more festive drinks?

The holidays are a time for getting together and indulging in rich flavors and textures. There’s no need to stick with boring drinks when there are so many delicious Christmas cocktails and coffee drinks you can make! Try these:

 

 
A sprinkling of nutmeg rains down over the whipped cream garnish on a festive holiday latte.

Homemade Eggnog Latte Recipe

Yield: 1 latte
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A festive latte is just the thing for the holidays. Try this creamy eggnog latte to warm you from the inside-out.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of espresso OR 1 cup brewed black coffee
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, plus more for topping
  • Whipped cream for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat the eggnog, maple syrup, and nutmeg until boiling. Once boiling, remove from heat.
  2. Whip the eggnog mixture with a milk frother or immersion blender until frothy.
  3. Brew the espresso or coffee into a mug, then top with the eggnog mixture. Top with whipped cream and more nutmeg if desired!

Notes

  • This recipe can easily be doubled for 2 lattes!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 latte
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 28gProtein: 9g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Kaitlyn Bain is a professional health and wellness writer with a passion for helping her clients educate their readers on healthy lifestyles. She loves cooking, reading, and exploring the outdoors on hikes with her family in Northern Ontario.

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