The holidays are a time for family, friends, and good food. And what's better than a warm and delicious cup of coffee to enjoy on a cold winter day? Here are a few holiday coffee recipes that are sure to please everyone on your list:
Gingerbread Latte Recipe
This latte is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. It's made with gingerbread spices, molasses, and strong coffee, and it's topped with a frothy layer of milk.
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp molasses - blackstrap or regular
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp strong coffee
1 cup milk of choice - almondmilk, coconutmilk, etc.
sweetener of choice, to taste
Mix everything together in a small pot or in a mug.
Then heat until desired temperature is reached.
(Alternatively, if you want a foamy latte: Mix spices into coffee. In a big measuring cup, heat or microwave the milk until foamy. Then pour the milk into the coffee mixture.)
White Chocolate Mocha Recipe
This mocha is a decadent and delicious treat that's perfect for the holidays. It's made with white chocolate, espresso, and milk, and it's topped with a layer of whipped cream.
3⁄4 cup milk
2 tbsp white chocolate chips
1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract
Espresso coffee beans, finely ground
Pour the milk into a small saucepan; add the white chocolate chips and 1⁄4 tsp of vanilla extract.
Heat over medium low heat, stirring often, just until the white chocolate is melted (do not allow to boil).
The milk will get hotter while it's steaming later.
Fill your espresso maker filter holder with the ground espresso and pack it firmly in place.
Place the filter holder into the machine and lock it in place.
Fill the frothing pitcher with water and pour into the machine and replace the lid.
Turn the machine to the espresso setting to begin brewing espresso.
Once the brewing begins, and the espresso has started dripping into the metal carafe, flip the knob to the steaming setting.
Steam the white chocolate milk, gently moving the coffee mug slightly up an down (to heat the milk through), as well as letting the tip of the steam rise just above the milk to get a nice froth. Finish the steaming process once you have a nice froth and the milk is hot.
Turn knob back to the espresso setting and let the remaining espresso drip into the carafe.
Flip back to the steaming setting to release all of the pressure from the steamer.
Carefully pour the espresso into the steamed & frothy milk, to taste. Enjoy.
Peppermint Mocha Recipe
This mocha is a refreshing and festive treat that's perfect for the holidays. It's made with peppermint extract, espresso, and milk, and it's topped with whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, winter sprinkles, and chocolate syrup.
1 c milk, any kind but whole works best
1/4 c strong coffee or espresso
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/8-1/4 tsp peppermint extract (depending upon your minty preference--I used around 1/8)
Mini Chocolate Chips
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
With a mixer, whip heavy cream until it thickens into a whipped cream consistency, about 5-6 minutes. Add in powdered sugar and peppermint extract. Mix until combined.
In the microwave (or stove) heat milk and peppermint extract until hot and steaming (but not boiling), about 1-2 minutes.
Add in cocoa powder and sugar and whip with a whisk until the milk is foamy, about 30 seconds to a minute.
In a mug with a 1/4 c of espresso, pour in the frothed milk.
Top with whipped cream, mini chips, winter sprinkles, and chocolate syrup.
Eggnog Latte Recipe
This latte is a classic holiday treat. It's made with eggnog, coffee, and spices, and it's topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.