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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!
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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.
- Espresso: If you don't have a fancy espresso machine, don't worry; a moka pot (affiliate) will do the trick.
- 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!
What is in an eggnog latte at Starbucks?
The official ingredients list states that the latte contains eggnog, milk, espresso, and nutmeg.
Does Starbucks eggnog latte contain alcohol?
No, the Starbucks latte doesn't contain alcohol. This makes it perfect for enjoying anytime, anywhere--and even kids can have some, too!
Does the eggnog latte taste good?
If you like eggnog and espresso, you'll like this latte! It has a lovely creamy texture, and a delightful hint of nutmeg and spice. The eggnog flavor really blends perfectly with the espresso.
How many calories are in an eggnog latte?
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.
How to Make
Gather the ingredients. Starbucks uses their Christmas Blend coffee beans for the eggnog latte, so that's what I'm using here.
Prepare the espresso with your preferred method. I used a moka pot (affiliate) since it's affordable. Grab some eggnog, milk, and nutmeg.
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.
Top up the espresso with the frothed milk mixture.
Freshly grate a little nutmeg on top of the foam.
Enjoy while your latte is hot!
- Vegan & Dairy Free: Make your own vegan eggnog and use a plant-based milk, such as oat or coconut.
- Chai: Replace the espresso with strong chai tea. Use ¼ cup of tea instead of the 2 tablespoons of coffee.
- Iced: Add ice to the espresso before pouring the foam on top.
- Cold Brew: double the amount of coffee and replace the espresso with cold brew coffee.
- 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.
Other Starbucks Coffee Drinks You'll Love
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- Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
- Starbucks Flat White
- Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha
- Starbucks Smoked Butterscotch Latte
- Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Starbucks Peppermint Mocha
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Want to make a Starbucks eggnog latte at home this Christmas? This easy recipe makes a healthy and delicious version of this festive coffee drink. It’s vegan friendly, and can be made iced or hot.
- 1 shot espresso (2 tablespoons; 30 ml)
- ½ cup whole milk (120 ml)
- ½ cup T.G. Lee eggnog (120 ml)
- 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.
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: copycat recipe, starbucks