For us, winter means warm drinks! I love to enjoy a warm (sweet) drink, you know, like Starbuck’s famous holiday drinks, but I’m not about to be buying them everyday! With a little creativity you can easily make your own! I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with different options to make the following holiday inspired drinks. If you’re looking for something you can do at home, then this post is for you. I hope you make your favourite drink and enjoy it by a warm fire or under a cozy blanket!
Although these recipes are all very easy, there are two important things you’ll need for any of the lattes. Some sort of coffee machine that makes an espresso shot size coffee and a milk frother. I’ve linked the ones I have below in the Shop this post section. But don’t worry, if you don’t have either of those you can still make some of the drinks!
It is by no coincidence that this one is first. It is by far my favourite and a regular for me! It’s also one of the easiest to make. Make your coffee (espresso shot size), I use the smallest setting on our Keurig, you can see the blue light in the photo below. I also use decaf, but use whatever coffee you love.
While your coffee is brewing, pour eggnog into your milk frother and turn it on. My preference is the full fat eggnog because I love it rich and creamy.
When done, add eggnog to coffee. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon if desired. It’s seriously that easy. Or, if you’re really running late, just add eggnog to your coffee instead of cream, it’s sooo good!
Do you have the new Fraiche Foods Full Hearts cookbook by Jillian Harris? I’ve tried a few recipes, all which I’ve loved, but it is pretty plant based for this carnivorous family, haha. I was really curious to try this vegan eggnog though. A healthier alternative to eggnog, why not give it a try?
It was super easy to make, just put everything in a blender and mix. The flavour was very good, but it doesn’t match when it comes to the consistency of dairy eggnog. That thick creaminess is dreamy. If you cannot have dairy or are vegan then I would definitely recommend this one, as I said, the flavour was super good, it was just that thickness that was missing for me.
Although this one was still good, it wasn’t my favourite. I like gingerbread things, but I don’t love them. Sharing though because if you’re a gingerbread fan than it’s a must try!
First, you’ll need to make the gingerbread spice mix. The recipe I used is from Fraiche Nutrition, click HERE for the recipe.
Then make your espresso shot sized coffee and warm milk in frother. I tried adding the gingerbread spice mix (1/2 tsp) in with the milk before frothing, but there was too much spice, the milk wouldn’t frother properly so I added the spice to the coffee. If you wanted less flavour, I’d recommend trying adding just a pinch of the spice mix to the milk before frothing. This is what I did for a Pumpkin Spice Latte and it was really good.
Add frothed milk to coffee and sprinkle with gingerbread spice mix, if desired. Best eaten with a ginger snap or gingerbread cookie. 🙂
Peppermint Mocha or Hot Chocolate
I made both a mocha and hot chocolate, but I actually preferred the hot chocolate! I little someone else LOVED it too! This one was probably my second favourite drink!
For the mocha, make coffee shot size as in the other recipes, add 1 tbsp hot chocolate mix (we made ours from Venison for Dinner’s recipe, click HERE for it), then top with boiling water. You could just add half a cup regular strength coffee too, maybe that would have been better!
For the hot chocolate, measure one cup of milk and mix 1 tbsp hot chocolate mix and warm in pot on the stove.
For both, add a tiny drop of peppermint extract, top with whipping cream and crushed candy cane bits!
A friend recently introduced me to these teas and I love them! So far my favourite is the Gingerbread Spice tea with honey. It is also good with eggnog too. What isn’t good with eggnog? I put it in pancakes, french toast, oatmeal and who knows what else!
These teas are only available for the holiday season so make sure to stock up if you love them 🙂 They are also caffeine free! I couldn’t find the candy cane one in an individual pack, so I shared the sugar plum one in the links below. I haven’t tried that one yet!
Do you have any favourite holiday drinks? Make sure to tag me on Instagram if you try and of these recipes! #sewbrightcreations
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