Well, the holidays are upon us and what better way is there to celebrate and warm up than holiday coffee drinks! I don’t know how it seems to sneak up every year, but even here in Southern California, the chill in the air has everyone craving cozy festive traditions and the tastes of the season.
Neighborhoods are dotted with lights and decor, the acceptance of holiday music is being battled at offices nationwide, and coffee lovers everywhere are starting to spice up their morning addiction.
This year, skip the lines, excessive calories and Red Cup drama at Starbucks, and have a lot more fun making your favorite holiday coffee drinks at home. Think about the aroma of peppermint, gingerbread, and rich chocolatey and caramely flavors filling your kitchen. We’ve compiled our 7 favorite holiday caffeine boosters.
Try a new one each day of the week or host a holiday brunch with a DIY holiday coffee bar. Enjoy!Santa’s Java:
This warm blend is just the right amount of sweet and strength to satisfy both your sweet tooth and your need for caffeine. You’ll need coffee, heavy cream, a vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar and chocolate. It’s super easy to make.
Slice the vanilla bean in half and place it at the bottom of your coffee carafe and brew however many cups of coffee you desire. Whip the cream and brown sugar together (1 cup cream and 2 tbsp brown sugar per 3 cups of coffee) and pour over hot coffee. Garnish with shaved chocolate and a cinnamon stick.Gingerbread Latte:
There’s a lot of Gingerbread Latte recipes out there, but we’re big fans of this one by Chocolate Covered Katie. You’ll need strong coffee, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract and your choice of milk and sweetener (I recommend almond milk and raw sugar). Mix together all of the ingredients and heat on the stove. For more froth, heat the milk separately and pour over. Option to top with whipped cream and a gingerbread cookie.
Oh so easy, and oh so much lighter than the coffee shop option. Grab espresso, peppermint extract, dark chocolate or white chocolate syrup, and milk of your choice. Make your espresso and mix in peppermint extract and syrup. Warm the milk separately and pour over the top. If you’re feeling creative, give your best #latteart a shot with your foam and extra syrup.Elves Coffee Break:
Take your tastebuds on an adventure with this coffee apple cider hybrid. This unique recipe is a nice change up, perfect for a mid winter’s afternoon pick me up. Make equal parts hot coffee and apple cider and grab cinnamon sticks, an orange, cloves, allspice and brown sugar. Simmer all of the ingredients in a sauce pan (except the cinnamon sticks and orange) for about 4-5 minutes and stir well. You only need about ½ a teaspoon per 4 cups with the spices. Pour your delicious concoction and garnish with a cinnamon stick and thinly sliced orange with the peel.Eggnog Latte:
No holiday coffee drinks round up is complete without the eggnog. This recipe is classic, easy and delicious. Get equal parts espresso (or strong coffee) and eggnog (brandy optional depending on how much you need to warm up), your milk and sweetener of choice, and nutmeg. Brew your coffee, whisk your eggnog, milk and sugar in a saucepan and pour on top of your coffee. Garnish with nutmeg and whipped cream if you’d like.Hot Buttered Latte:
So we take back that whole “skip the excessive calories” comment, but this coffee drink that is basically dessert is sooo worth it. You’ll need coffee, french vanilla ice cream, softened butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar and cinnamon. Your favorite milk and Kahlua are optional and recommended add ons.
Whip the ice cream, butter, sugars and cinnamon and freeze. When you’re ready to serve, scoop your concoction into cups, pour freshly brewed coffee on top and add on Kahlua, milk or even whipped cream! Mmmmm.Salted Caramel Mocha:
Sweet and salty might be my favorite flavor combination. This mocha only reinforces that statement. Half the party is in the topping on this drink, so you won’t want to skimp on any ingredients.
For the drink, you’ll need coffee, milk, cocoa powder, sugar and caramel sauce. For the topping, you’ll also need whipped cream and sea salt. Whisk together all of your drink ingredients in a saucepan except your milk, which you’ll want to heat separately. Pour your sweet coffee mixture in a mug and then add the warm milk. Top with whipped cream, more caramel sauce, and plenty of sea salt to taste. Can you say yum? Nothing screams the holidays like a holiday coffee drinks to warm the spirit and the belly. What are your favorites? What flavors did we miss?
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