This holiday season, ditch the long line at Starbucks (what’s the deal with a Juniper Latte, anyway?) and save your money. Make yourself a quick holiday treat with these Christmas coffee recipes.

1. Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread

The only thing better than warm gingerbread during the winter is a hot gingerbread coffee drink that’s topped with foam.

  1. Measure 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee (or two shots of espresso) with 1 tablespoon of molasses, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  2. Mix well and pour into a mug.
  3. Heat 3/4 cups of milk in a small saucepan on the stove until it’s steaming (but not boiling or bubbling).
  4. Froth your milk using the method of your choice.
  5. Pour the milk into the mug of coffee, taking care to hold back the froth.
  6. Finally, spoon the froth on top and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

2. Hazelnut Macchiato

hazelnuts

These days, there’s hazelnut-flavored everything – including coffee. You really can’t go wrong with such a classic holiday flavor!

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee (or 2 shots of espresso) into a mug.
  2. In a pan, heat 1/2 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of hazelnut coffee creamer until steaming.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk quickly until frothy.
  4. Holding back the froth, pour the milk mixture into the mug of coffee and spoon the foam on top.

3. Cinnamon Latte

cinnamon

Have you ever thought of what the Christmas Spirit smells and tastes like? Try this latte to find out!

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee (or 2 shots of espresso) into a mug.
  2. Heat 1 cup of milk, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar in a pan until steaming.
  3. Remove from heat and froth using a whisk.
  4. Hold back the foam as you pour the milk into the coffee.
  5. Spoon the foam onto the top and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

4. Eggnog Latte

eggnog

Take this cold Christmas drink to the next level! This is sure to be a new favorite on frigid winter mornings or even on chilly winter nights sitting by the fire.

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of strong-brewed coffee (or 2 shots of espresso) into a mug.
  2. Heat 1/3 cup of milk, 2/3 cup of eggnog and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a pan on the stove until steaming.
  3. Remove from heat and froth by whisking (or using your preferred method).
  4. Pour the mixture into the mug of coffee (hold back the foam with a spoon).
  5. Top your drink with the foam and add a pinch of ground nutmeg.

5. Peppermint Mocha

peppermint candy canes

You’ll feel like you’re walking in a winter wonderland every time you make this minty drink.

  1. Pour 3/4 cups of coffee into a mug.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of cream (or half and half for lower calories), 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup to the mug of coffee and stir well.
  3. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.
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