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7 Homemade Holiday Coffee Drinks

It’s that time of the year again! The winter chill is in the air, decorations galore, and the excitement of family and friends coming together for unforgettable celebrations is upon us.

What could be more special during such a festive season than a beautiful array of homemade holiday coffee drinks to warm our hands, our hearts and those we love?

That’s why we’ve compiled our favorite holiday coffee recipes that are perfect for coffee lovers - whether you enjoy an early morning caffeinated or decaffeinated cup or an after-dinner coffee to finish off the evening. We’ve even thrown in our favorite holiday tea recipe for all of our tea lovers who want to join in on the holiday drink festivities!

Each drink can be made with your favorite specialty coffees (or teas) - many of these recipes do require espresso - so one question you might be asking before we begin - how do I make espresso?

Aeropress

Of course, if you have an espresso setup at home, that’s great! We also love to use extra-strong coffee from an Aeropress or French Press, which presents a good balance between cost, convenience and quality. It makes coffee strong enough to almost (not quite!) be called espresso, but it doesn't cost very much or require technical skill to use.

So sit back, relax and enjoy these homemade holiday coffee (and tea) drinks. These yummy recipes pack all of the flavor without the unnecessary sugar, fat and calories that can be found in those convenient store-bought or drive-thru coffee drinks. Plus, save money by brewing your favorites at home. Trust us, it’s worth the extra 5 minutes each morning!

#1 Caramel Brulee Latte

Caramel Brulee Latte Caramel Brulee Latte

This specialty drink is a great holiday coffee to appease the sugar dragon in all of us! Feel free to make this recipe as light or teeth-achingly sweet as your heart desires. We recommend using our Italian Roast Espresso coffee as a velvety delicious base, or our Organic Black Knight Swiss Water Decaf coffee if you prefer to nix the caffeine altogether.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Shots of Espresso or ⅓ Cup of Strong-Brewed Coffee
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz.) Caramel Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz.) Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 Cup (8 oz.) Milk (1%, 2% or your favorite milk substitute)
  • Caramel Sauce *for drizzling*

Directions:

Heat milk (or milk substitute) on a stovetop (medium setting) and whisk warm milk until frothy (about 30 seconds) or use a Bodum French Press to froth the warm milk once it's heated. Combine caramel syrup, vanilla syrup and espresso (coffee) in a mug. Top with foamed milk and drizzle some Caramel Sauce (if you prefer some added sweetness), serve and enjoy!

#2 Hazelnut Macchiato

Hazelnut Macchiato Hazelnut Macchiato

A perfect homemade coffee drink for all of the chocolate and hazelnut lover’s out there! This beautifully delicious holiday coffee favorite can be enjoyed any time of year and is a delightful way to wake up on a chilly winter morning. We recommend using our Tiger Nebula coffee for an added touch of zesty dark chocolate or our Organic Peruvian Half Caff coffee or Organic Sumatra Swiss Water Decaf coffee if you prefer a delicious half caff or decaf option.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Shots of Espresso or ⅓ Cup of Strong Brewed Coffee
  • 1 Tbsp Hazelnut Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Syrup
  • ¼ Cup of Milk (or any milk substitute)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Sauce *for drizzling*

Directions:

Pour the espresso or strong brewed coffee into a large mug. Stir in Hazelnut Syrup, Chocolate Syrup, and Vanilla Syrup. Froth warm milk (about 30 seconds) over a stove top using a whisk or a Bodum French Press. Pour warm frothed milk into the espresso (or coffee) concoction, top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce for an extra touch of sweetness. Serve and enjoy!

#3 Chai Tea Latte

Chai Tea Latte Chai Tea Latte

A Chai Tea Latte is the perfect cold weather drink for tea lovers looking for a little extra holiday spice! Feel free to get creative, mix and match ingredients and flavors and discover your new favorite tea latte. We recommend using our Organic Masala Chai Tea or a strong black tea, like our Organic English Breakfast, to start. Looking for a decaf option? Our Organic Red Christmas Rooibos or Organic Lemon Chamomile Herbal Tea are perfect for brewing a relaxing evening Chai Tea Latte.

Ingredients:

  • Positively Tea’s Organic Masala Chai Tea (or a Positively Tea of your choice)
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup of Milk (or milk substitute)
  • 1 Tbsp of Sweetener (honey, sugar, agave, etc.)
  • ½ Tsp of Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp of Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon or Nutmeg to sprinkle on top

Directions:

According to the directions on your tea bag, double the amount of tea you normally use for a cup. This will create a stronger brew that will bring a balance of flavor to your Chai Tea Latte.

*Please note tea quantities and brew times will vary according to tea type and preference.*

Bring water to a boil and steep tea for the recommended amount of time or brew a little longer to make your tea latte even stronger. Once brewed, remove loose tea and set aside.

Warm milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Combine 1 Tbsp of sweetener, ½ Tsp of Cinnamon and ½ Tsp of Nutmeg. Feel free to froth your milk using a whisk or Bodum French Press, if you prefer a frothy latte (yum!).

Pour ¼ Cup of your strong-brewed tea into a mug (you can refrigerate the rest and save it for later). Add 1 Cup of warmed milk mixture or frothed milk mixture. Sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon on top for some added spice. Serve and enjoy!

#4 Honey Coffee

Honey Coffee Honey Coffee

This Spanish inspired coffee drink is easy to make and an absolutely delicious way to surprise your holiday guests. We recommend using our French Roast Coffee for a rich and full-bodied flavor with added notes of raw honey. Or if you prefer a decaf coffee option, opt for a dark roast decaf to give your Holiday Honey Coffee all of the same rich flavor without the caffeine.

*This recipe yields 4 servings*

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of strong-brewed coffee
  • ½ Cup of Milk (or milk substitute)
  • ¼ Cup of Honey (or sweetener of your choice)
  • ⅛ Tsp of Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Dash of Ground Nutmeg

Directions:

In a saucepan combine strong-brewed coffee, milk, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. Heat thoroughly over medium heat, but do not boil! Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Serve immediately and enjoy!

#5 Salted Caramel Mocha Latte

Salted Caramel Mocha Latte Salted Caramel Mocha Latte

This classic is a savory sweet indulgence will take your morning to new heights. Try out this recipe with our Blackbeard’s Revenge Coffee or a classic single origin like our Papua New Guinea. Looking for a good decaf for this recipe? We highly recommend our Indian Monsoon Malabar Water Decaf Coffee to add a delicious bold intensity this holiday coffee recipe.

*Warning: you might not want to share, this holiday coffee drink will keep your guests coming back for more!*

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Strong-Brewed Coffee or 2 Shots of Espresso
  • 2 Tbsp of Caramel Syrup
  • 1 Cup of Milk (or milk substitute)
  • 2 Tbsp of Sweetener (sugar, brown sugar, honey, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
  • Caramel Sauce* for drizzling
  • Whipped Cream
  • ⅛ Tsp of Sea Salt

Directions:

Brew your 2 shots of espresso, or brew 1 cup of strong-brew coffee with an Aeropress or French Press.

In a saucepan, warm milk over medium-heat and once steamy froth milk using a whisk or French Press.

In your mug pour in espresso (or strong-brewed coffee). Combine cocoa powder, sweetener, caramel syrup until completely blended. Top with frothed milk and add whipped cream, caramel drizzle (as much as you like) and a pinch of sea salt. Serve and enjoy this yummy sweet and savory holiday coffee recipe!

Feel free to add more or less of each ingredient (depending on your taste preferences). This is such a fun holiday coffee drink that’s too good to resist!

#6 Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a historic and tasty holiday coffee cocktail. This internationally acclaimed after dinner drink is a boozy and warming surprise, sure to be a hit among your adult guests. For this recipe, we recommend using a smooth and creamy medium roast coffee or coffee pod, like our Donut Shop Coffee. This mild-bodied coffee has extra dreamy notes of creamy milk chocolate and orange... a perfect combination for this classic Irish Coffee recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Strong-Brewed Coffee
  • 1 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
  • 1 ½ oz of Irish Whiskey
  • Whipped Cream or ¼  Heavy Cream

Directions:

Pour strong-brewed hot coffee into a (warm) mug until the mug is almost ¾ full. Blend in brown sugar until completely dissolved. Add in Irish Whiskey and mix until well blended. Top with cold whipped cream or gently pour ¼ cup of cold heavy cream over the back of a spoon, this trick (and the dissolved sugar) ensures the cream floats on the top of the drink. Serve and enjoy responsibly!

#7 Peppermint Mocha Latte

Peppermint Mocha Latte Peppermint Mocha Latte

Sleigh Bells ring at the sight and smell of this beautiful holiday coffee concoction. This is the perfect Christmas morning coffee to pair with presents and share with family and friends. Whether the weather outside is frightful (or not) this Peppermint Mocha Latte is always delightful.

We recommend brewing this holiday coffee with our Organic Sumatra Coffee or Organic Sumatra Coffee Pods which are immensely flavorful, highlighted by notes of pepper and round off to a beautiful chocolatey smooth finish.

Prefer half-caff or decaf coffee option? Our Organic Sumatra Swiss Water Half Caff Coffee and Organic Sumatra Swiss Water Decaf Coffee both have creamy notes of baker’s chocolate and are the perfect pair to this holiday coffee treat!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Strong Brewed Coffee
  • ½ Cup of Milk (or milk substitute)
  • 3 Tbsp of Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Oz. of Bittersweet Chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 2 Drops of Peppermint Oil
  • Crushed Peppermint Sticks

Directions:

Combine strong-brewed coffee and ¼ cup of milk (or milk substitute) in a saucepan over low heat. Do not simmer! Blend in sugar, cocoa powder, and bittersweet chocolate and cook for 4 minutes (stirring frequently) until ingredients melt and are fully blended. Add in 2 drops of peppermint oil.

Pour and hot coffee mixture into 4-6 mugs (depending on your ideal serving size). Warm remaining ¼ cup of milk (or milk substitute) in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Using a whisk or Bodum French Press, froth milk until as foamy as desired. Top each mug with frothed milk and sprinkle on crushed peppermint sticks for added taste and decor. Serve and enjoy!

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