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This Eggnog Latte recipe combines rich, creamy eggnog and strong, hot coffee, and adds a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg (or cinnamon) on top. It’s just as festive and delicious as what you’d find at Starbucks or any coffee shop, with no fancy equipment needed!

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As far as holiday flavors go, eggnog is at the top of my list. It’s up there right along with gingerbread and anything with cranberries!

I enjoy eggnog so much I like to come up with different eggnog-inspired recipes so I’m not just left drinking my ‘nog. Muffins, pudding, and cookies are all fair game to be re-made into festive eggnog-flavored treats.

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What Does Eggnog Taste Like?

Eggnog is a really unique flavor, and to me it says Christmas!

It tastes like a melted vanilla custard (egg-based ice cream) that’s scented with nutmeg.

Eggnog Ingredients

Classic eggnog ingredients include:

  • Eggs
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Nutmeg is traditional, but some recipes also add cinnamon
  • A few recipes also use vanilla, which I love as an addition to eggnog

Does Eggnog Have Alcohol?

Eggnog itself doesn’t have alcohol. However, it’s common to add spirits to eggnog, such as rum, cognac, or brandy.

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Homemade Eggnog Latte Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

Eggnog Lattes are popular at coffee shops like Starbucks, and this is one festive beverage that’s very easy to make at home.

This recipe is very simple and uses rich, creamy eggnog and strong, hot coffee.

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

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  • Eggnog – Creamy, custardy, and nutmeg-scented, eggnog is the star of the show! You can make your own eggnog or use your favorite store-bought brand.
  • Strong coffee – You don’t need espresso, but your coffee should be nice and strong for this latte.
  • Whipped cream – For topping our lattes!
  • Nutmeg – A sprinkle of freshly-grated nutmeg on top is optional, but makes this beverage feel special. Or you can use ground cinnamon if you prefer.

Pro Tip: Make the Coffee Strong

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Brew a pot of strong French press coffee. To get it strong, I use a regular amount of coffee and water, but I let the coffee steep for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can use 2 shots of espresso + 3/4 cup of hot water, or strong coffee brewed any way you like.

Instructions

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Stir together the coffee and warmed eggnog in a mug. There’s no need to buy a milk steamer if you don’t have one, just make sure to gently heat the eggnog.

Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Pro Tip: No Steamer? No Problem!

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If you don’t have a milk frother or milk steamer, add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of this latte. Don’t forget the sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon!

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Eggnog Latte FAQs

What Can You Do With Eggnog?

  • Add a splash to your morning oatmeal (it would be fantastic on top of Carrot Cake Oatmeal)
  • Use it as the soaking liquid to make French toast
  • Swap out milk for eggnog in recipes for cake, muffins, waffles, and pancakes. Note that eggnog will also add sweetness, so you may want to scale back a little on the added sweetener
  • Make it into bread pudding (swap out half the milk in my Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding recipe for eggnog)
  • Combine eggnog and powdered sugar to make a glaze for cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc.
  • Enjoy a cold glass of ‘nog with your favorite holiday cookies.
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These Eggnog Lattes are perfect served with a plate of Gingersnap Cookies!

Can You Put Eggnog in Coffee?

Yes, friends, and that’s the premise of this drink! If you enjoy a milk or cream and sugar in your coffee, simply skip all that and add a splash of eggnog.

Or if you like a sweet coffee creamer, give it the nix and use eggnog instead.

Eggnog in coffee is a deliciously festive way to start the day!

How Can I Make This Keto?

A keto eggnog latte is easy to make!

Instead of regular eggnog, it uses the flavors of vanilla and nutmeg to simulate eggnog. Topped with whipped cream and nutmeg, you’ll never tell the difference!

Keto Eggnog Latte Ingredients

  • 1 cup strong, hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 drops liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • 1 generous pinch fresh-grated nutmeg, plus more for topping if desired
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks

How to Make a Keto Eggnog Latte

  1. Stir together the coffee, vanilla, stevia, and nutmeg.
  2. Top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg.
  3. Enjoy!
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Does This Homemade Latte Taste Like Starbucks Eggnog Latte?

Yes! Starbucks Eggnog Latte is a holiday fan favorite, and I think you’ll enjoy this homemade version just as much.

According to the Starbucks website, here’s what’s in their latte:

Rich steamed eggnog and our signature espresso. Topped with a dusting of ground nutmeg for the perfect finish.

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What is the Nutrition Information for Starbucks Eggnog Latte?

A hot, short (8 fluid ounce) Starbucks Eggnog Latte has the following nutrition information:

  • 230 calories
  • 9g fat
  • 28g carbohydrates
  • 0g fiber
  • 8g protein

More Festive Latte Recipes to Try

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Eggnog Latte Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Yields: 1 serving
This Eggnog Latte recipe combines rich, creamy eggnog and strong, hot coffee, and adds a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg (or cinnamon) on top. It's just as festive and delicious as what you'd find at Starbucks or any coffee shop, with no fancy equipment needed!

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Stir together the coffee and eggnog in a mug.
  • Top with the whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

  • Strong Coffee: Instead of strong, hot brewed coffee, you can use 2 shots of espresso + 1/2 to 3/4 cup hot water.
  • If You Have a Milk Steamer or Frother: If desired, instead of topping this with whipped cream, you can top it with steamed milk or frothed milk instead.
  • Nutmeg: Take a minute to freshly grate your nutmeg because it makes all the difference in terms of flavor! I recommend using a microplane to grate whole nutmeg. If you prefer, you can top your latte with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon instead.

Easy Keto Eggnog Latte Recipe

The keto version of this recipe is so easy to make! Instead of regular eggnog, it uses the flavors of vanilla and nutmeg to simulate eggnog. Don’t forget the whipped cream and sprinkle of nutmeg on top!

Keto Eggnog Latte Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strong, hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 drops liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • 1 generous pinch fresh-grated nutmeg, plus more for topping if desired
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks

How to Make a Keto Eggnog Latte:

  1. Stir together the coffee, vanilla, stevia, and nutmeg.
  2. Top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg.
  3. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 616IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Eggnog Latte, Eggnog Latte Recipe, Homemade Eggnog Latte, Keto Eggnog Latte, Starbucks Eggnog Latte

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on December 16, 2019. I updated it with more information and photos on December 26, 2023.

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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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