This post has been updated to include new images and a recipe video. 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. 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] 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. 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! Thanks to my handy dandy Stick Blender, this is all a breeze. Man, I love that thing! 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). 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! 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. Oh, and I totally recommend trying out my homemade eggnog recipe as well or this light eggnog version — 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!
- 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.
- Pour the milk, eggnog and sugar into a microwave-safe jar or cup. I use the mixing cup that came with my stick blender.
- Either using the stick blenderor 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.
- 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.
- Repeat these two steps (shaking and then heating) a second time until the milk is nice and frothy.
- 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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