The BEST Eggnog Latte Without an Expresso Machine

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Eggnog Latte is a tasty way to warm up for the holiday season. Read on and we’ll show you how to make a latte with an espresso machine and how to make it without a machine.

For a little extra cheer, you can make this homemade latte recipe in just five minutes! Be sure and see all our many drink recipes for all seasons!

A glass of Eggnog Latte with cinnamon stick

What is this holiday drink?

This eggnog latte combines the a classic holiday flavor with that of a regular steamed milk latte. Just like this gingerbread latte or this pumpkin spice latte recipe, it’s the perfect drink to get you in the holiday spirit!

Two lattes with coffee beans

What’s in it

Aside from usual ingredients for a latte, you’ll use a dash of pure maple syrup and of course some eggnog as well. How does that sound for a little extra bliss?

Ingredients for eggnog latte

A Note About the Ingredients

  • I would recommend using whole milk if you enjoy the foam of steamed milk. Whole milk has a higher fat content that yields more and frothier foam than non-fat milk does. Most cafes default to whole or 2% milk.
  • Using medium or dark roasted beans compliments the flavors of this latte. Lighter roasts tend to have fruitier tones that would compete with the feature flavors.
  • Use pure maple syrup. The difference between that and the imitation stuff is night. And day!
A closeup of a latte topped with whipped cream and ground cinnamon

Besides the above ingredients, you’ll need a few things to put this latte recipe together:

  • An espresso machine with a steam want; or
  • A stovetop espresso maker and
  • A milk frother
  • Suggested: A milk thermometer if you are new to steaming milk .

How to make an Eggnog Latte

(See the full recipe and instructions at the end of this post.)

Making this eggnog latte recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Start with some pure maple syrup in the bottom of your mug.
  2. Brew and and add the espresso to your mug.
  3. Steam the milk and eggnog, froth and pour!
Sprinkling cinnamon on top of an eggnog latte

Then, define and add your decadence.

Some great ideas for topping include:

  • Whipped cream
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cinnamon
  • A cinnamon stick or two


Although you may loose some body to your froth, you can use low-fast or skim milk instead of whole milk.

If you want to use non-dairy milk, I would recommend using “barista edition” alternative milks.

Barista editions add carrageenan to the milk, which is an ingredient that some people may avoid, but the reason I recommend it, is that it foams significantly better than regular alternative milks. I’ve had great experience with the Pacific and Silk brand barista alternative milks.

Feel free to omit the maple syrup for a less sweet option.


Can I drink this warm or cold?

This recipe is intended to be a warm latte, but you can drink it iced. Add the maple syrup to your glass, brew the espresso, mix the espresso and maple syrup together. Add ice to your glass and pour the eggnog and milk on top. Stir until combined and top with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Can I steam eggnog with my espresso machine steam wand?

Yes! Be warned, it makes more of a screeching sound that milk does and be sure to express (release steam and hot water from the steam wand after steaming your milk) and clean the wand afterwards.

What if I don’t have an espresso maker or milk frother?

You can still make this latte recipe without an espresso maker or milk frother.

  • If you don’t have an espresso maker, I would suggest making this styled as a “cafe au lait” in which you fill ½-⅔ your mug with brewed coffee and top the remainder with steamed milk/eggnog.
  • If you don’t have a milk frother, you can heat the eggnog and milk either in the microwave or on the stove top. To make the milk frothy, add it to a sealable jar or to-go coffee mug, (or cocktail shaker!) and shake vigorously for about 10-30 seconds. (Note: This won’t hold up a long as steamed milk.)

More Warm Drinks for Cold Days and Nights

For a cold drink on a cold night, try our recipe for the best Jack and Coke!

A mug of eggnog latte with coffee beans in the background

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Eggnog Latte Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Learn how to make this warm holiday drink in just five minutes using this easy homemade latte recipe.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 latte


  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup, Use pure maple syrup
  • 1 shot Espresso, 1-2 oz
  • 2/3 cup Eggnog
  • 1/3 cup Whole milk
  • Whipped Cream, optional
  • Nutmeg, optional
  • Cinnamon, optional


Espresso Machine Instructions

  • Add the maple syrup to the bottom of your coffee mug.
  • Brew one shot of espresso in an espresso machine, ad to your mug and stir to mix with the espresso.
  • Add the eggnog and milk to a milk pitcher and using the steam wand on your espresso machine, froth the milk until the pitcher is too hot to touch with the palm of your hand (approximately 145-165° F.)
  • Pour the steamed milk over the espresso shot, in our mug. Top with optional whipped cream, nutmeg, and cinnaomon.

Stovetop Espresso Maker and Milk Frother

  • Add the maple syrup to the bottom of your coffee mug.
  • Brew on shot of espresso using a stovetop espresso maker. Add it to your mug and stir to mix with the maple syrup.
  • Add eggnog and milk to the milk frother and heat according to your frother's instructions. Pour the steamed milk into your mug, over the espresso shot. Top with optional whipped cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon.


If you want to adjust the size of your eggnog latte, do the following:
  • For a smaller latte: 2 tsp maple syrup, 1 shot of espresso, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of eggnog
  • For a larger latte: 1.5 tbsp maple syrup 2 shots of espresso, ½ cup of milk, 1 cup of eggnog


Calories: 255kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 108mg, Sodium: 132mg, Potassium: 432mg, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 481IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 334mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
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