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How to Make an Eggnog Latte at Home

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With the calendar turning to autumn and the leaves changing colors, there’s a crispness and clarity in everything around us. Now it’s sweater weather — time to bundle up and make a fire.

We also have the holidays coming up. Anytime we think about the holidays, we think about eggnog. We’re also coffee lovers, so we might as well throw the two together!

Now, you could simply make coffee and pour some eggnog in, but we’ve decided to whip up a little recipe to take your eggnog drink up a notch. Follow along, and you’ll soon have your own delicious seasonal drink!

Ingredients

You don’t need any fancy barista equipment for this drink, but if you have it, it might come in handy! Everything on this list can be found in your kitchen or at the local grocer’s.

cinnamon

Cinnamon, Credit: Stevepb, Pixabay

You’ll need:

  • Eggnog (we recommend 10-12 ounces for this drink, but that is up to you)
  • Espresso or strong coffee
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon

Once you’re ready, make your way to the kitchen and turn on that stove — it’s time to get cooking!

The Eggnog Latte

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Credit: David Armano, Flickr

1. Grind your coffee

Whether you are using espresso or strong coffee, you will need to grind it first. If you have espresso, we recommend 20-22 grams of coffee beans. If you are using another extraction method, we recommend using more coffee than you normally would. We advise against flavored coffees, as this will only detract from the delicious eggnog.

2. Boil your water

Get the water ready for the coffee. If you have an espresso machine, you won’t need to do this.

3. Start heating the eggnog on the stovetop

We recommend doing this on a low heat to avoid burning the ‘nog and because we will be doing other things as it heats up. We need to be careful in this process, as we don’t want the eggnog to get over 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Extract your coffee

Whatever method you have chosen, now is the time to have your coffee ready. We want to be able to pour the eggnog into the coffee when it is fresh, so we need to have it waiting first.

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Credit: Cup of coffee, Wikipedia

5. Pour the eggnog over the coffee

With other lattes, we recommend introducing air into the milk by shaking it, but with eggnog, it should just be heated up and poured straight into the drink. It already has its own flavor profile and sweetness, so we don’t need to expand it any further.

eggnog espresso

6. Top with cinnamon and nutmeg

Top with cinnamon and nutmeg, and you’ll have a wonderful and festive holiday drink! Some people prefer cutting the eggnog with milk. Others also like to liven up their nutmeg with a little something extra (such as Kahlua). As long as it is delicious and enjoyed responsibly, you can do whatever you like.

If you want to be really thorough, you can make your own eggnog. This is actually a pretty easy process and will add about 30-40 minutes of prep time. One of the perks of making your own eggnog is that you can control how sweet it is. You also get to brag that this perfect wintry drink was made 100% from scratch, 100% by you.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with eggnog lattes!