If you’re a coffee aficionado like us, we’re sure you don’t need an excuse to drink coffee!

But we must agree, winters are a great time to cozy up with a hot, steaming cup of black coffee or a latte.

The heady, inviting aroma of a freshly brewed cup of coffee is the reason that a lot of us can get up from under our warm blankets and get through our day with ease and energy.

But if you’re looking to spice up your coffee or try an innovative flavor with your family during the coldest months of the year, we have curated a list of the top 14 winter coffee recipes.

These easy and delicious recipes are sure to make you look forward to your next cup with more anticipation than before.

Quickly become a whiz in the kitchen with these simple twists to make everything feel so much cozier. Try them today!

Top 14 Winter Coffee Recipes

  1. Eggnog Latte
  2. Irish Coffee
  3. Peppermint Coffee
  4. Pumpkin Spice Latte
  5. Mulled Coffee Wine
  6. Toffee Nut Latte
  7. White Russian Hot Toddy
  8. Gingerbread Latte
  9. Apple Cider Latte
  10. Winter Spiced Coffee
  11. Candy Cane Latte
  12. Café de Olla
  13. Toasted Marshmallow Latte
  14. Salted Caramel Brûlée Latte

#1. Eggnog Latte

Eggnog Latte

Simply spike your latte with a shot of eggnog, and you have the perfect Christmas drink! What better way to enjoy the holiday season and beyond with a creamy, delicious cup or two of eggnog latte?

The eggnog acts as a creamer and gives a cool holiday twist to plain old coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed espresso
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 cup warm eggnog
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

Method

  • Brew a cup of espresso and stir in light brown sugar.
  • Warm the eggnog and pour it into the espresso.
  • Top it with whipped cream and sprinkle ground nutmeg and cinnamon over it. Serve warm.

#2. Irish Coffee

Irish coffee

Whip up a coffee cocktail for the holidays with this decadent Irish coffee recipe. All you need to make it is brewed coffee, brown sugar, Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 ½ oz whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ¾ oz Irish cream
  • 2 teaspoons whipped cream

Method

  • Brew a cup of black coffee.
  • Add whiskey and brown sugar. Stir well until the sugar dissolves fully.
  • Pour Irish cream into the mug and stir it in.
  • Top it with whipped cream and enjoy.

#3. Peppermint Coffee

Peppermint Coffee

Peppermint coffee is popular all over the world for its refreshing combination of cool peppermint with rich espresso, along with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Here’s how you can make it at home for a fraction of what it’ll cost you at Starbucks.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 espresso shot
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  • Mix the milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and sugar in a saucepan or pot and heat the mixture until it boils.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add the espresso shot along with peppermint and vanilla extracts. You can adjust the amounts of each flavor to your liking.
  • Serve in a mug and enjoy!
  • If you want to level up the indulgence quotient of this drink, top up with a spoonful of whipped cream.

#4. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Why restrict pumpkin spice only to the autumn season? You can have it throughout winter and even beyond!

Pumpkin Spice Latte is an easy peasy vegan recipe that calls for instant coffee, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and a little cinnamon. Follow the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Method

  • Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into a blender and blend on high speed for 2 minutes till the milk becomes frothy.
  • Pour your latte into a mug and top it with whipped cream and caramel. Enjoy!

#5. Mulled Coffee Wine

Winter hot mulled wine with cinnamon, star anise

Add a cool twist to the good, old-fashioned mulled wine recipe with a bit of cold brew coffee. This recipe for two is so easy to make; you’ll want to enjoy it whenever you can!

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon works well)
  • 12 ounces of cold brew coffee
  • ½ sliced orange
  • 3 pcs star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 clove pods
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large pot or saucer.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat until it gently simmers.
  • After 10 minutes, turn off the heat.
  • Strain the liquid and pour it into mugs. Serve and enjoy!

#6. Toffee Nut Latte

Toffee Nut Latte

Enjoy your favorite Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte right at home with your family with this delightfully easy and inexpensive recipe. These ingredient ratios only make one cup, so multiply as needed to prepare delicious lattes for a larger group.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brewed espresso
  • A dash of toffee nut syrup
  • 1 cup steamed whole milk
  • ¼ cup whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans

Method

  • Brew the espresso and add toffee nut syrup.
  • Steam the milk and add it to the coffee.
  • Top it with whipped cream and sprinkle chopped pecans on top for some added texture. Enjoy!

#7. White Russian Hot Toddy

White Russian Hot Toddy

Do you love coffee in everything? Well, this recipe for two won’t disappoint.

Enjoy a classic hot toddy with a generous amount of coffee to further intensify its flavor. Here’s how you make it.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup Kahlúa coffee liqueur
  • ⅛ cup whiskey, vodka, or dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream

Method

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the heavy cream for 1 minute.
  • Add the brewed coffee, liqueur, and whiskey, vodka, or rum to the cream and stir well. Microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream.

#8. Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread is a traditional holiday treat, and you can enjoy the wonderful flavor in your coffee, too! This vegan version of the Gingerbread Latte recipe has a delicate balance of spice and sweetness that will keep you wanting more throughout the year.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coffee
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon clove
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon French vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients in a mug. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes and enjoy.
  • If you want a foamy latte instead, add all the ingredients except milk into the coffee. Heat or microwave the milk in a cup until it’s foamy. Pour it into the spiced coffee and enjoy.

#9. Apple Cider Latte

Apple Cider Latte

Can’t make up your mind on whether to have spiced hot apple cider or a latte? Why not enjoy both? This apple cider latte recipe combines the fruity sweetness of apple cider and the refreshing notes of coffee for a heady mix.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brewed espresso
  • 3 ounces apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup skimmed or oat milk
  • 1 cup whipped cream

Method

  • Brew espresso in a mug.
  • Mix the apple cider and maple syrup in a saucepan. Heat to a simmer and stir well. Add vanilla and spices and mix everything.
  • Heat the milk in a pan over medium-low heat. Once it starts steaming, remove it from the heat.
  • Froth the milk with a milk frother and pour it along with the spiced apple cider over the espresso.
  • Top it with whipped cream and serve.

#10. Winter Spiced Coffee

Winter Spiced Coffee Recipe

No list of winter coffee recipes is complete without classic winter spiced coffee. This boozy drink should be called spiked winter coffee; such is its power if you down a few cups.

If you’ve always wanted to try it out but never have, check out this easy recipe that serves three.

Ingredients

  • ⅛ cup coffee beans
  • 5 crushed cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • ¼ liter water
  • ¼ cup Kahlúa coffee liqueur
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon sweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup whipped cream

Method

  • Mix coffee beans, cardamom, star anise, and water in a pot. Simmer over low heat until the mixture has been reduced by half. Remove from heat.
  • Sieve the brewed coffee and mix in the Kahlúa and brown sugar.
  • Divide into 3 cups. Top with whipped cream, cocoa, and cinnamon.

#11. Candy Cane Latte

Candy Cane Latte Recipe

Nothing says winter and Christmas better than a mug of a candy-cane-flavored latte. Try this innovative festive recipe and tell us what you think!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed espresso
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream
  • 1 candy cane

Method

  • Use a frothing wand to froth milk in a steaming pitcher and stir it slowly into the mug of brewed espresso.
  • Boil water and pour it into the mug along with the vanilla extract, cream, and syrups. Mix well.
  • Top it up with whipped cream and a candy cane, and enjoy this decadent concoction!

#12. Café de Olla

Cafe de Olla

Try this traditional Mexican-style spiced coffee recipe with only four simple ingredients: ground coffee, water, unrefined Mexican Piloncilla or raw dark sugar, and Mexican cinnamon.

It can be enjoyed during the winter season or any other time you’d like to add a little spice to life!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 ounces Piloncillo or raw dark brown sugar
  • ½ stick Mexican cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons ground coffee

Method

  • Mix the water, dark brown sugar, and Mexican cinnamon in a pan. Simmer on medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes until the water boils.
  • Add the ground coffee and stir it in. Once the coffee is fully incorporated, remove the coffee from the heat.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let the coffee steep for about 5 minutes. Strain it and serve immediately.

#13. Toasted Marshmallow Latte

Toasted Marshmallow Latte

There’s nothing better on a cold winter day or a mood-dampening rainy day than a warm, cheerful cup of toasted marshmallow latte with rainbow sprinkles and the works.

This recipe will help you make it at home without stepping out in inclement weather. Here’s how you do it.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 5 marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ pinch salt
  • ¼ cup strong, brewed espresso
  • ¾ cup steamed milk
  • ½ cup marshmallow fluff
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Method

  • First, make the toasted marshmallow syrup. To do this, add sugar and water to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the sugar dissolves completely. Stir occasionally.
  • Skewer the marshmallows onto a metal skewer. Toast them over a stove burner or with the help of a kitchen torch until they are evenly browned and charred in spots.
  • Add the marshmallows to the syrup and mix well. Stir in the vanilla and salt and remove the saucepan from the heat. Allow the syrup to cool a little bit.
  • Pour the syrup and espresso into a mug and add steamed milk. Ladle some marshmallow fluff on top and singe it with a kitchen torch.
  • Garnish with graham cracker crumbs and rainbow sprinkles, and enjoy your homemade toasted marshmallow latte!

#14. Salted Caramel Brûlée Latte

Salted Caramel Brulee Latte

Another seasonal holiday favorite inspired by Starbucks, this recipe can be enjoyed whenever you’re craving a little extra indulgence.

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • Sea salt flakes, as needed for sprinkling
  • 1 cup whole milk or nut milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brewed black coffee
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream

Method

  • First, make the salted caramel brûlée. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and cook the sugar in a pot over medium heat. Stir occasionally for about 10 minutes with a spatula until it melts and turns into caramel.
  • Turn off the heat and pour the caramel onto the baking sheet.
  • Spread it evenly across and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Let it sit for about 5 to 7 minutes. Once it hardens, crush the caramel into pieces with a spoon.
  • Heat the milk, caramel, and salt in a pot over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer. Add the vanilla extract and whisk until frothy. Turn off the heat.
  • Pour the brewed black coffee into a mug and add the caramel milk. Top it with whipped cream and sprinkle over the salted caramel brûlée. Enjoy!

Conclusion

Make your holiday gatherings and winter mornings and nights even more fun with these delicious and easy-to-make winter coffee recipes. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

If you try any of the above recipes, do tell us what you thought about them and share any other winter coffee recipes that you have up your sleeve. We’d love to hear from you!

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Last Updated on March 1, 2022 by Ashok Parmar

My name is Ashok Parmar, and for seven years, I worked as a warehouse manager that strictly dealt with coffee shops all around the United States.

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