Want to save money on coffee drinks this Christmas season? Make your own copycat Starbucks eggnog latte at home, and you'll be saving some dough, plus treating yourself to a delicious coffee drink. This super simple recipe takes only four ingredients and a few minutes to whip up. It will definitely get you in the holiday spirit!
Looking for other delicious Starbucks Christmas drinks? You'll definitely want to try this gingerbread latte and peppermint mocha.
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Starbucks lists the ingredients as simply eggnog, milk, espresso, and nutmeg. Fortunately, all of these ingredients are easy to come by at home. Read Starbucks' ingredients here.
- Espresso: If you don't have a fancy espresso machine, don't worry; a moka pot (affiliate) will do the trick. Starbucks uses their Christmas Blend coffee beans for the eggnog latte, so that's what I'm using here.
- Eggnog: The brand that Starbucks uses at your local coffee shop will vary depending upon your location. Here in south Georgia, they use T.G. Lee. Feel free to use homemade or store bought, whichever you prefer.
- Milk: I like to use whole milk, as it foams really well and has a creamy texture. If you're looking for a plant-based option, I recommend using a special barista blend (affiliate), as it can foam better than a plain plant-based milk.
- Nutmeg: For the best flavor, buy whole nutmegs and grate them yourself using a microplane (affiliate) or specialized nutmeg grinder. You'll be amazed at the flavor and aroma of freshly grated nutmeg!
How to Make
Prepare the espresso with your preferred method. I used a moka pot (affiliate) since it's affordable.
- Pour one shot (2 tablespoons) of espresso in a glass.
- Steam the milk and eggnog together, then froth it until at least doubled in volume and thickened.
3. Top up the espresso with the frothed milk mixture.
4. Freshly grate a little nutmeg on top of the foam. Enjoy while your latte is hot!
The official ingredients list states that the latte contains eggnog, milk, espresso, and nutmeg.
As of November 2021, Starbucks has pulled the eggnog latte from their 2021 holiday menu.
No, there definitely isn't alcohol in this latte. It's made simply with eggnog, milk, espresso, and nutmeg, and eggnog on its own doesn't contain alcohol.
The official version contains 450 calories, 52g of sugar, and 18g of fat for a grande (16 ounces). This homemade version contains 257 calories with 25g of sugar and 12g of fat. This recipe is significantly lower in calories, fat, and sugar due to the fact that the milk mixture foams up quite a bit, which makes most of the drink foam.
If you're curious to see more nutrition facts for this recipe, please scroll to the bottom of the recipe card to see all the nutrition information.
- Steam the milk mixture until it reaches about 150-155°F, then froth.
- Don't have an espresso machine? Use a moka pot or strong French press coffee instead.
- Don't have a milk frother? Snag my favorite one (affiliate) on Amazon or simply shake the milk in a mason jar.
- Be sure to freshly grate the nutmeg for the best flavor and aroma.
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Copycat Starbucks Eggnog Latte
- 1 shot espresso, 2 tablespoons
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup T.G. Lee eggnog
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg, for garnish
- Brew the espresso with your preferred method, preferably with the Christmas Blend from Starbucks for the closest flavor to the original. I used a moka pot for this step.
- Pour the milk and eggnog into a large glass and microwave it for about a minute on high. Use a milk frother to froth the milk mixture until it has at least doubled in volume and thickened.
- Pour a shot of espresso into a 16-ounce glass or mug, then slowly pour the frothed milk on top.
- Sprinkle the nutmeg on top of the foamed milk and enjoy right away.
- Heat the milk mixture until it reaches 150-155°F before frothing.
- A moka pot or French press coffee are good alternatives if you don't have an espresso machine.
- If you don't have a milk frother, you can grab this one online or just shake the milk in a mason jar.
- Use freshly grated nutmeg for the very best taste.
Serving sizes and nutritional information are only an estimate and may vary from your results.
This post was originally published on November 28, 2020, but was republished on November 20, 2021 with updated FAQs and reformatted content.
The eggnog flavor makes this coffee drink creamy, lightly sweet, and Christmassy! The espresso flavor in it is divine. Delectable!
I agree--eggnog makes coffee much more festive. So glad you enjoyed it, Alex!
I found the eggnog taste in the Starbucks version a little strong, so I'm pleased that this homemade version has a more balanced flavor. I really enjoy the lovely taste of the coffee in this copycat recipe. I especially enjoy the grated nutmeg garnish. This is a wonderful Christmas drink!
That's wonderful to hear, Beth! I'm so glad that you liked the homemade version even better than the official Starbucks one.