(Better Than Starbucks!) Eggnog Latte

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Eggnog Latte

I have to admit that I love my more-than-occasional trips to Starbucks.

It feels like such a treat to have a tasty latte prepared just for me.

Eggnog Latte - The Ingredients

However, the frequency of these trips has increased and my once-beloved “treat” has now turned into an expensive habit routine.

So, I started thinking.

[Insert image of wheels very slowly starting to turn]

Eggnog Latte - Making The Steamed Milk

If I purchased an espresso machine, how long until I would save money on my lattes?  Hmmm.

Well, turns out espresso makers — at least the ones I would want — are like $2000.  Um, no thanks.

Eggnog Latte - Without An Espresso Maker

Then, I thought about what actually goes into a latte and, suddenly, it didn’t seem so difficult to try it out at home without an espresso machine.

So, I gave it a shot (ha — pun totally intended!) and…it was phenomenal!

Eggnog Latte - Without An Espresso Maker

Thanks to my handy dandy Stick Blender, this is all a breeze.  Man, I love that thing!

Eggnog Latte - Using A Stick Blender
But, it’s also totally possible to make using just a mason jar and lid.  Seriously, is there anything mason jars can’t do?

I’ve now made Eggnog Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Mocha Lattes (*eh hem* all my favorites from Starbucks, in case you were wondering).

Eggnog Latte - Pouring and Reserving The Foam

Truthfully, these actually rival the best lattes I’ve had at Starbucks.  (Why do I feel like lightening is now going to strike me for saying that?  Weird.)

Plus, they cost just a fraction of the price. I determined a tall-sized equivalent of my Eggnog Latte costs $1.18 per serving.

Um…that’s a HUGE difference!

Eggnog Latte - Sprinkling The Nutmeg

So, here you go!  Try out this Eggnog Latte.  It is so simple and so delicious (and so darn cheap).

I hope you (and your wallet) like it as much as Dustin and I do.

Eggnog Latte

Oh, and I totally recommend trying out my homemade eggnog recipe as well — it’s super delicious and helps to make one very yummy latte.

Curious to see how to make one? Watch me make it both ways in the video below!

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(Better Than Starbucks) Eggnog Latte
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Here's a tasty (better-than-Starbucks!) Eggnog Latte recipe. It's so easy to make a latte at hom without an espresso maker!
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 1
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅔ cup eggnog (here's my eggnog recipe)
  • ½ cup prepared unflavored coffee at double concentration (or 2 shots espresso)
  • pinch of ground nutmeg, optional (but oh so tasty!)
  1. To make the steamed milk, there are 2 methods: (1) Using a Stick Blender or (2) Using a large glass jar with a tight lid.
  2. Pour the milk, eggnog and sugar into a microwave-safe jar or cup. I use the mixing cup that came with my stick blender.
  3. Either using the stick blender or your hands, shake/mix the milk mixture vigorously for 30-45 seconds. Stop when the mixture appears to have doubled in volume due to air bubbles.
  4. Remove the cover, if applicable, and place the mixture into the microwave. Heat on high for 30-45 seconds, or until the mixture starts to bubble up almost to the top of the jar. Take care not to let the milk mixture overflow the jar or to bubble too much and then fall flat.
  5. Repeat these two steps (shaking and then heating) a second time until the milk is nice and frothy.
  6. Pour the hot prepared coffee (or espresso) into the bottom of a deep mug. Holding back the milk foam with a spoon, carefully pour the milk mixture into the coffee. Do not stir. Gently spoon the foam over the top. Sprinkle with some freshly grated (or ground) nutmeg if you wish.




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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

7 comments… add one

  1. Melissa December 15, 2013, 5:36 pm

    Tried this today. Tasted just like the real thing. I had a hard time getting enough foam on mine with the stick blender but then my sons with protein powder in it foamed like crazy!It was very good, thanks!

    1. Lacey Baier September 26, 2014, 10:09 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Melissa. If you have trouble getting enough foam, try repeating the microwave and blend steps an additional time – that has worked for me in the past.

  2. phill December 18, 2013, 10:24 pm

    What eggnog do you use?

  3. Pam September 30, 2014, 3:53 pm

    This looks so yummy Lacey!!
    I also have to make that beef stew from the last post!! We love a great stew and thanks for
    the video!

    Pam :)

    1. Lacey Baier September 30, 2014, 7:39 pm

      Thanks, Pam! I’m so glad you enjoy the video and I hope you guys love the stew, too! :)

  4. Penney October 22, 2014, 11:55 am

    Can you post how you make the pumpkin spice latte? I really shouldn’t be spending nearly $5 for a tall latte :) I have a relatively cheap espresso machine (a Mr. Coffee) and it does the job. I don’t use the frother attachment, because it is a pain in the butt! I heat my milk in the microwave and whip it with an Aerolatte.


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