How to Make an Eggnog Latte at Home – No Starbucks Required (Recipe)

Make an Eggnog Latte at Home

An eggnog latte is a special treat during the holiday season. Learn how to make this Starbucks-inspired drink at home with or without an espresso machine.

Starbuck’s made the eggnog latte a holiday favorite among coffee lovers, but this tasty drink can be easily made at home with or without an espresso machine. All you need are a few simple ingredients to make this coffee-house treat a holiday tradition in your own home.

This recipe calls for a home espresso machine, but can be easily adapted if you do not have one. Technically, a latte is made with espresso shots. If you don’t have a home espresso machine, feel free to substitute strong black coffee. The concentrated coffee packs like Starbuck’s VIA work well.

Eggnog Latte Recipe

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  • 2 shots espresso (or 1/2 cup strong coffee)
  • 2/3 cup eggnog
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Nutmeg (optional)

Basic Instructions for making an Eggnog Latte

Step 1: Start by pouring the milk and eggnog into a steaming pitcher

Use the steaming wand of your espresso to steam the mixture to the desired temperature. Steaming is the preferred method because it allows the milk mixture to heat quickly without cooking the eggs in the eggnog. If you don’t have a milk steamer, microwave the mixture for up to 90 seconds, checking at regular intervals to make sure the eggs haven’t started cooking.

Step 2: Add Espresso or Coffee

Next, pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and nutmeg. If your espresso machine has a steam wand, you can substitute foamed milk for the whipped cream. To make foamed milk, pour plain milk into your steaming pitcher. Steam to about 130 degrees, and then slowly move the wand to just below the surface of the milk. Move the wand around in the steam pitcher to create foam.

Recipe Variations

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This versatile eggnog latte recipe can be adapted several ways. To make a vegan version, substitute 1 cup of steamed or warmed soy ‘nog’ for the soymilk for the eggnog and milk. Since the soy version is not made with egg, it’s not necessary to combine it with soymilk unless you find the flavor a bit strong.

For an adult treat, add a shot of rum to your latte (regular or vegan) and top with whipped cream and nutmeg. This makes a unique and delicious drink alternative at holiday parties.

An Eggnog latte made at home is a fun, frugal and festive holiday treat. Enjoy one anytime – before a day of holiday shopping, or after a day

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.