Eggnog lattes are one of those drinks that really fit in with the Christmas season. Unlike Peppermint Mochas and even gingerbread spiced drinks, they’re not really something that you would want to drink year-round. So, I say splurge while you can and, if you’re an eggnog latte fan, don’t hesitate to enjoy a few around Christmas time. And you don’t have to go to the nearest Starbucks to enjoy one, because you can make them at home!
An eggnog latte starts with eggnog. I recommend starting with a store bought eggnog for this type of drink. You’ll have your choice of full fat, low fat and a variety of nondairy ‘nogs, and the consistency tends to be very consistent, unlike like homemade eggnogs. Don’t pick a ‘nog that comes with alcohol added to it because it will be difficult to steam up to a nice consistency, but you can spike your coffee with a splash of brandy or bourbon after you mix up the drink and I won’t tell. Above all, choose a brand you like because the latte is going to get all of its flavor from that eggnog.
The eggnog should be steamed with an espresso machine or heated and vigorously “steamed” by hand with a whisk to give it some body and create a nice head of foam on top of the drink. Since eggnog is already sweetened, you won’t need to add any extra sugar to your latte. I always add a little extra vanilla and nutmeg to make those flavors – which are classic ‘nog ingredients – really pop. As always, you can make this with very strong coffee or espresso to suit whatever coffee maker you have at home.
Homemade Eggnog Latte
8 oz store bought eggnog
2 oz espresso*
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
Steam eggnog, or heat in the microwave and vigorously froth with a whisk until it is thick and foamy.
In a large mug, combine espresso, vanilla extract and nutmeg. Top with steamed eggnog. Garnish with additional eggnog, if desired.
*If using strong coffee instead of espresso, increase this amount to 4-oz and use a larger glass if necessary.