Are you one of the numerous people who believe the holiday season just isn’t complete without the beloved Starbucks Eggnog Latte?
Maybe every year you count down the days until you can swing by the coffee shop franchise and pick up a cup of the holiday coffee drink, and maybe you’re so hooked on the drink that you find yourself in the drive-through line almost daily!
If you fit the description above, there is no judgment from us. We think the classic latte is a fun way to usher in the Christmas season, too. However, as of 2021, Starbucks didn’t have the beloved Eggnog Latte on its holiday menu, and many loyal coffee drinkers were very disappointed.
That’s why we’re taking it upon ourselves to show you how to make it in your kitchen at home. We’ve got an eggnog latte recipe so you can still get the yummy taste of Christmas!
WHAT IS EGGNOG?
You’re more than likely already familiar with eggnog. After all, it’s basically Christmas in a cup. But on the off-chance you’ve never heard of the holiday staple, allow us to break it down for you.
Eggnog originated in the United Kingdom, and its ingredients typically include milk, sugar, raw eggs, vanilla, nutmeg, and cloves. Some other recipes for the creamy beverage might also include a scoop or two of ice cream for added sweetness, and it’s not uncommon for eggnog drinkers to add a splash of brandy, whiskey, or rum before enjoying it.
The drink is wildly popular across the globe, which is probably why Starbucks and so many other coffee shops have found success with an eggnog-flavored latte.
How to Make an Eggnog Latte at Home
Now, if you’re looking to get an Eggnog Latte but your local coffee shop doesn’t have one for the season, we have an easy recipe for you to achieve the Christmasy flavors in the comfort of your own home.
- 1/2 cup of brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup of eggnog
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- Whipped cream
First, combine your eggnog, milk, ground nutmeg, and sugar in the saucepan and let the mixture simmer on medium heat until it’s steamed.
Next, you’ll need to pour your brewed coffee into a mug. What kind of coffee you use depends entirely on your personal preferences, but we say the stronger, the better.
If you want your eggnog latte to pack a slightly more powerful punch of caffeine, use a shot of freshly brewed espresso instead.
Pour the spiced eggnog and milk mixture over your coffee or espresso.
You can enjoy your latte as is, or top it with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg. Now you’ve got a delicious homemade eggnog latte, voilà!
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You can always substitute a few of this recipe’s ingredients to accommodate dietary restrictions or certain preferences.
If you don’t drink whole milk, for example, use nut milk, like almond or cashew, for a latte that’s vegan-friendly. You can also always try it over ice for a cool and refreshing treat.
Did Starbucks Discontinue the Eggnog Latte?
As of 2021, Starbucks did not bring back its infamous Eggnog Latte to the holiday menu. Instead, it introduced a few new options. We’re unsure if the Eggnog Latte will be a drink that never returns to Starbucks, but we definitely recommend keeping an eye on it!
Can I Put Eggnog in My Coffee?
Yes! Eggnog can easily be put into coffee as a creamer, but we highly recommend making a mixture of eggnog, milk, nutmeg, and sugar like our recipe describes to get the most out of the flavors.
Does Eggnog Have Alcohol in It?
While, traditionally, eggnog is served with alcohol, the typical eggnog that you can purchase from the supermarket won’t contain alcohol. You can, however, always add any alcohol to it if you wish.
Can You Use Regular Coffee to Make Lattes?
By definition, a latte is typically made with espresso. Using shots of espresso guarantees a stronger drink since lattes are also usually made with a good amount of milk.
However, you can substitute the espresso with whatever coffee you desire. We recommend using a bit less milk if you plan on using regular coffee, that way there’s a more even flavor distribution.
Do You Need Additional Sweetener For an Eggnog Latte?
When it comes to our recipe, the eggnog mixture contains sugar, so you really won’t need any additional sweetener unless you prefer an even sweeter drink.
Make Your Own Eggnog Latte This Holiday Season
Since it can be hard to guarantee if Starbucks, or your local coffee shop, will carry the Eggnog Latte when Christmas comes along, we recommend pulling out the ingredients and whipping up your own.
Not only will you get the delicious drink whenever you want, but you’ll also save a lot of money!
The recipe we’ve crafted for you is easy to follow, and in almost no time at all, you can make a homemade eggnog latte that’s sure to fill you with holiday cheer.
- ½ cup strong brewed coffee
- ½ cup eggnog
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- Heat eggnog, milk, and nutmeg over the stovetop on medium just until steaming.
- Pour coffee into a mug followed by eggnog/milk mixture.
- Top mug with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg for holiday cheer!