Did I ever mention that I love espresso? If you know me at all you will know that is a gross understatement. Coffee (in some form or another) is an absolute necessity in my daily life. And because of that, I have a lot of fun trying new coffee based beverages. Ever since I saw this listed as a drink on a certain very large national coffee shop chain, I wanted to make it at home. For one, this homemade latte did not cost me $4! My version doesn’t really have fewer calories or carbs so I’m not going to many any dramatic health claims, but it is quite tasty, and you can make it in less monstrous serving sizes. I actually prefer a smaller sized drink than is typically served in such places, but with the same amount of espresso in it, so that the espresso has a bit stronger flavor.
How does espresso and egg nog blend together? Absolutely wonderfully. The espresso adds a bitterness and acidity that really helps to cut the egg nog and balance out the drink a bit. While I love egg nog, it’s often a bit much for me to drink on its own. I love how egg nog and nutmeg instantly conjures the holiday cheer in everyone and really helps to create that festive atmosphere to a gathering, and this drink is no exception. I think egg nog is just as justified at Thanksgiving as it is in the December holidays too And besides, what better way is there to enjoy the holidays than with a great yummy latte that you can sit and relax with?
I’ll give a little confession though. I cheated a bit. I didn’t make the egg nog from scratch this time. But I definitely will (Elise of Simply Recipes has a good eggnog recipe, though I’d omit the alcohol when making it for these lattes) when I serve this for holiday get togethers!
This post is also going to be submitted as part of the Holiday Food Fest, for the “Holiday Cocktails, Mocktails and Appetizers” theme coming up in a few weeks hosted by Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Be sure to check out all of the great Holiday Food Fest submissions each week!
Prep Time: 5 minutes to grind espresso
Total Time: 20 minutes to steam the egg nog
Ingredients (for 2 lattes):
- your favorite espresso, ground
- water for the espresso
- pinch cinnamon
- 1 1/2 c. (12 oz.) light egg nog
- freshly ground nutmeg
1. Prepare espresso as you normally would (I use a stovetop espresso maker).
2. Add pinch of cinnamon to the egg nog, and steam the egg nog. This can be done by heating it up in a small pan on the stove (on med.) stirring often until steaming, or using more convenient devices like a frother on a cappuccino machine or our automatic milk frother. Even a hot chocolate maker would steam the egg nog well.
3. Fill at least a third of the mug with espresso, and then the rest with egg nog. Garnish with some freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy!