Eggnog Latte

Get into the holiday spirit with this easy eggnog latte recipe! This seasonal coffeehouse favorite is ready in minutes, and a great budget-friendly option for those who love all of the Christmas coffees. Make this Christmas latte today for a creamy and indulgent coffee experience!

an eggnog latte sitting on a wooden board. the mug is surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, and a small bowl of coffee beans.

Have you ever had eggnog with coffee? If not, you are in for a treat!

An eggnog latte is a great quick and easy DIY coffee recipe. Made with three simple ingredients (five if you go all in and add whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg on top). This recipe is truly a winner.

If you love this homemade holiday coffee recipe, you’ll love this Gingerbread Coffee too! This Boozy Christmas Coffee may be up your alley too… it’s like an adult peppermint mocha!

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Why You’ll Love This Winter Coffee Recipe

You can’t get this seasonal favorite at Starbucks anymore. Starbucks cut the eggnog latte from their holiday menu in 2021.

Cost effective. No need to spend $$$ on seasonal coffeehouse drinks, especially when you can make an even better version at home!

Quick and easy to make. This is one of the easiest DIY Christmas coffees to make. You’ll have a warm mug of eggnog coffee goodness ready to enjoy in less than 5-minutes!

This coffee recipe uses real eggnog. No strange eggnog syrups here. We’re using the real deal to make our super rich, creamy, and festive eggnog coffee.

A holiday hug in a mug! This delicious holiday coffee has warm winter spices from the nog, and is so decadent. Definitely a must-try coffee for the eggnog lover.

Ingredients Needed

ingredients needed to make a homemade eggnog coffee latte.

Freshly Brewed Espresso: A true latte is officially made using espresso. See the ‘Recipe Substitutions and Variations’ section below for how to make this eggnog latte recipe with coffee if you do not make espresso at home.

Eggnog: Use your favorite store-bought eggnog or a homemade eggnog! Selecting an eggnog that you enjoy drinking on its own will ensure you have the best eggnog latte experience.

Milk: You can use whatever milk you prefer (dairy or non-dairy) in this winter coffee recipe. I recommend using 2% or whole dairy milk.

Whipped Cream (optional): If you’re going to indulge, why not take it all the way and add some whipped topping too?

Ground Nutmeg (optional): While the eggnog will bring some holiday spices to your coffee, a dusting of nutmeg on top of this Christmas latte is a nice touch. For me, the smell of the nutmeg on top when you’re about to take a sip really adds something special to this drink.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Variations and Substitutions

  • Use strongly brewed coffee instead of espresso. Don’t have a way to make espresso at home? No worries! Brew strong coffee instead by increasing the amount of coffee grounds used in your normal brewing method to make a more concentrated coffee. A good place to start is by adding one or two extra scoops of grounds.
  • Make it EXTRA rich and creamy and skip the milk! If you want to go all-in on the nog, replace the milk with additional eggnog. This will result in a thicker latte consistency.
  • Add a sweetener. If you prefer coffee drinks that are very sweet, add a little granulated sugar or maple syrup to your coffee. I personally find the eggnog to be sweet enough, so do not include this in the recipe, but to each their own!
  • Make an iced eggnog latte. Allow your coffee to cool at least to room temperature (or use cold brew coffee). Add all ingredients to a tall glass with ice. No frothing required for an iced eggnog coffee!
  • Make a decaf eggnog latte. If you’d like to enjoy a cozy cup of eggnog coffee at night, or cannot have caffeine, use your favorite decaf coffee or espresso in this recipe.

Step-By-Step Instructions

process shot for making an eggnog latte. shows eggnog being poured into a liquid measuring cup prior to heating. the mug is on a wooden board and surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, a small bowl of coffee beans, and a golden, twinkling background.

Step 1: Add milk and eggnog to a liquid measuring cup and warm the mixture in the microwave for 45-60 seconds.

process shot for making an eggnog latte. shows warmed eggnog and milk being frothed in a liquid measuring cup. the mug is on a wooden board and surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, a small bowl of coffee beans, and a golden, twinkling background.

Step 2: Froth eggnog and milk mixture with a handheld milk frother and set aside.

process shot for making an eggnog latte. shows espresso being poured from a red moka pot into a clear glass mug. the mug is on a wooden board and surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, a small bowl of coffee beans, and a golden, twinkling background.

Step 3: Pour freshly brewed espresso into mug of choice.

process shot for making an eggnog latte. shows frothed eggnog and milk being poured from a liquid measuring cup into a clear glass mug. the mug is on a wooden board and surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, a small bowl of coffee beans, and a golden, twinkling background.

Step 4: Top with frothed eggnog and milk mixture.

process shot for making an eggnog latte. shows whipped cream being added onto a mug of eggnog coffee. the mug is on a wooden board and surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, a small bowl of coffee beans, and a golden, twinkling background.

Step 5: Option to add whipped cream if desired.

process shot for making an eggnog latte. shows ground nutmeg being added on top of a latte covered in a generous squirt of whipped cream. the mug is on a wooden board and surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, a small bowl of coffee beans, and a golden, twinkling background.

Step 6: Option to add a dash nutmeg if desired (with or without whipped cream).

Possible Dietary Restrictions?

An eggnog latte is vegetarian as written. Make it dairy free with a few easy substitutions: 

  • Make this into a dairy free eggnog latte recipe by selecting dairy free eggnog and dairy free milk of choice. Oat milk holiday nogs and almond milk holiday nogs are becoming a wintertime staple in grocery stores. Califia Farms, Elmhurst, Almond Breeze, Silk, and many more brands are making dairy free nog options!
    • Find these dairy free alternatives: Look in your store’s dairy free beverage section for these items (ours is located near to the dairy section in our store).

Expert Tips

Make sure to use a liquid measuring cup (or vessel) that has at least 2x the capacity needed for the milk and eggnog mixture. Bigger is better here because frothing your eggnog and milk will nearly double your liquid’s volume! Having a large enough liquid measuring cup (or whatever vessel you want to use to heat your milk and nog in) helps ensure you’re not creating a title wave over the edge (I maybe know this from experience…learn from my mess, no need to create your own).

Want to reduce the number of dishes you use? Warm and froth the milk mixture in the mug you plan to use. If you don’t care too much about the amount of frothy milk on top of your eggnog coffee, warm and froth the milk mixture in the mug you plan to use. Then add the coffee right on top. Stir, and add optional whipped topping and nutmeg if desired.

an eggnog latte sitting on a wooden board. the mug is surrounded by miniature christmas trees with multi-colored ornaments, a golden linen, a small bowl of coffee beans, a red moka pot, and a golden, twinkling background.

Helpful Equipment

  • Handheld Milk Frother – an inexpensive and small piece of equipment that can be used daily!
  • If you’d like to make espresso at home, but don’t want the expense (or size) of an espresso machine, a Moka Pot is a great investment! I love and use mine a ton.

Recipe FAQs

What is the best milk to use for an eggnog latte?

For dairy milk, 2% or whole milk are both great options. For non-dairy milk: I find that oat milk froths the best for coffees. However, many people enjoy almond milk as well.

How to froth milk without a milk frother?

If you do not have a handheld milk frother, you have a few different options. 

Option 1: Place warm milk into a blender and blend until doubled in size. 

Option 2: Place warmed milk into a large jar, seal the lid tightly, and shake until the volume has increased (shaking vigorously for about 1 minute).

Option 3: Warm your milk on the stove over medium heat until starting to steam (do not boil!). Turn off the stove and whisk until frothy.

What type of eggnog should I use to make an eggnog latte?

You can use store bought or homemade eggnog to make an eggnog latte! I recommend selecting an eggnog that you enjoy drinking on its own. I personally enjoy the eggnog made by Kemps, Organic Valley, and Southern Comfort the best.

Does eggnog have alcohol in it?

Generally, store-bought eggnogs that you can purchase in your grocery store’s dairy aisle do not contain alcohol. This may be different if you are purchasing a small-batch style eggnog in a specialty shop or liquor store. If you are concerned, check the label to verify.

Homemade eggnogs may or may not contain alcohol. Confirm with the person who made the eggnog if it contains alcohol.

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Eggnog Latte

Meredith
This rich and creamy DIY Eggnog Latte recipe is so easy and ready to enjoy in minutes! A great budget-friendly option for those who love all of the Christmas coffees.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 211 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • C hot, freshly brewed espresso*
  • C milk of choice (I use 2% or whole dairy milk)
  • C eggnog (store bought or homemade)
  • optional: whipped cream for topping
  • optional: ground nutmeg for topping

Instructions
 

  • Brew espresso in your preferred method.
  • Pour milk and eggnog into a liquid measuring cup and heat in the microwave for 45-60 seconds to warm it up.
  • Froth warmed milk and eggnog mixture with a handheld milk frother. Set aside.
  • Add hot espresso to your mug of choice.
  • Top with frothed milk and eggnog mixture.
  • Optionally add whipped cream and/or a few dashes of nutmeg.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Notes

*Option to use strongly brewed coffee instead of espresso. If you do not make espresso at home, brew strong coffee instead. Do this by increasing the amount of coffee grounds used in your normal brewing method to make a more concentrated coffee. A good place to start is by adding one or two extra scoops of grounds.
*How to make an iced eggnog latte: Allow your espresso (or coffee) to cool to room temperature (or use cold brew coffee). Add all ingredients to a tall glass with ice. No frothing required for an iced eggnog coffee!
*Other recipe substitutions and variations:
  • Make it EXTRA rich and creamy and skip the milk! This will result in a thicker latte consistency.
  • Add a sweetener. If you prefer coffee drinks that are very sweet, add a little granulated sugar or maple syrup to your coffee. 
  • Make a decaf eggnog latte. If you’d like to enjoy a cozy cup of eggnog coffee at night, or cannot have caffeine, use your favorite decaf coffee or espresso in this recipe.
*How to froth milk without a milk frother?
  • Option 1: Place warm milk into a blender and blend until doubled in size. 
  • Option 2: Place warmed milk into a large jar, seal the lid tightly, and shake until the volume has increased (shaking vigorously for about 1 minute).
  • Option 3: Warm your milk on the stove over medium heat until starting to steam (do not boil!). Turn off the stove and whisk until frothy.
*The time noted on the recipe card does not include brew time for your espresso (or coffee) as this will vary widely depending on your preferred brewing method.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 11gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 140mgPotassium: 489mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 470IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 322mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. David says

    5 stars
    This one’s a winner!

    • Meredith says

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for giving this eggnog latte a try.