One of the signs that Christmas is just around the corner is when you start seeing people carrying famous red cups around! But it’s what’s inside the cups that matters! And our absolute holiday favourite is none other but a Christmas Eggnog Latte. This creamy eggnog flavoured coffee is both a coffee and a dessert in a cup! Try it! It tastes exactly like the one you know and love from the coffee shop!
When I was a child, a Cola Christmas advert would signify the beginning of the festive period for me. Call me vain, but it was the very first thing on TV that made me excited! These days, I start thinking about gifts, decorations and Christmas menu as soon as Starbucks release their Red Cups along with speciality coffees. I tasted an eggnog latte before I tasted eggnog itself. And it was love at first sip. Creamy, with a hint of dark rum and a sprinkling of nutmeg, it was my go-to dessert all month leading up to Christmas! So this year, I have decided to make it myself.
There are many different ways to make eggnog, but I was looking for something easy and something that would keep in the fridge for longer than 24 hours. Using raw eggs is always tricky, so I recommend making eggnog in small batches. Egg yolks are safe for 2 days, so I never keep it for longer, although alcohol and sugar in this eggnog should preserve for longer. However, eggnog can be frozen (here’s how) if you want to make a big batch.
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Ready-made eggnog isn’t always readily available in UK supermarkets. If you don’t want to make your own eggnog, you can try a similar egg-based liquor or an eggnog syrup in your latte. Here are two that we recommend:
- Warninks Advocaat is similar to eggnog both flavour and texture-wise, however, it is stronger and less sweet than our version, so you may want to adjust the quantities you use in your eggnog latte.
- Simply Egg Nog Syrup is a great alcohol-free alternative to use in your coffee or mix with sparkling water over the festive period. Your coffee won’t be as creamy, so a topping of whipped cream may be justified 😉
I have split this recipe into two parts: making eggnog and then making eggnog late.
Step 1: Make Eggnog
This recipe makes extremely sweet eggnog. If you’re making this to enjoy on its own, you will want to serve it on lots of ice or dilute it with a bit of milk. However, this recipe makes the Eggnog latte taste exactly like the one from the famous coffee shop. Plus, it is the easiest way to make it, in my opinion. The high sugar content is also important in preserving the eggnog for longer.
This recipe will make about 300ml of eggnog that will be used to make 7-8 mugs of Eggnog Latte.
To start, mix 25g of caster sugar with 35ml of water in a saucepan and simmer on very low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. It will turn translucent and you won’t be able to see any sugar granules. Take it off the heat way before it starts changing colour. Set aside to cool completely.
In the meantime, beat the egg yolks with vanilla paste. Then add half a tin (200g) of condensed milk and dark/spiced rum. Beat until smooth. Finally, add the cooled sugar syrup and mix well. Pour into an airtight bottle and pop in the fridge to chill.
Step 2: Make Eggnog Latte
When you’re ready for your festive coffee, make a (double) shot of espresso in a large mug. We simply couldn’t live without our coffee maker (link to the one we have here)! In a milk frothing jug, mix 1 part eggnog : 4 parts milk, and stir to combine. I use 40ml of eggnog and 160ml of milk to make a large mug of latte. Froth as normal with a steam attachment on your coffee maker or an electric milk frother until hot. Then pour over your espresso. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg and enjoy!
You will find our other Christmas recipes here, including:
Christmas Eggnog Latte
For the Eggnog:
- 25 g caster sugar + 35ml of water
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 200 ml condensed milk sweetened
- 50 ml dark rum or brandy, or spiced rum
For One Mug of Eggnog Latte:
- 40 ml eggnog
- 160 ml milk
- 1 shot of espresso single or double
- a pinch of nutmeg
To Make Eggnog:
- In a small saucepan, mix caster sugar and 35ml of water. Simmer on low heat until sugar has dissolved. Then take off the heat at leave to cool.
- In the meantime, beat egg yolks and vanilla paste. Add condensed milk and rum and beat again until smooth. Finally, mix in the cooled sugar syrup.
- Pour your eggnog into a airtight bottle and chill in the fridge.
For the Eggnog Latte:
- Make yourself a shot of espresso.
- In a milk jug, mix milk and eggnog and stir to combine. Froth, as usual, using a steam attachment on your coffee maker or an electric milk frother.
- Pour hot eggnog milk over your espresso, dust with some nutmeg and enjoy!