There are so many ways that coffee can be made; there’s pretty much a coffee recipe for any occasion! We’ve come up with our favorite coffee recipes that can be enjoyed all year round, but are utterly perfect for this holiday season. Whether you live in sunny Southern California or are enjoying the cold on the Northern East Coast, you’ll be certain to find a coffee recipe that’ll suit your needs and indulge your palate.
5. For Extra Cold Nights – Irish Coffee
Irish coffee is a simple classic to whip up. There are a few variations you can use when making the drink. While there are those of us who enjoy the drink hot, this coffee recipe can also be made to be had cold by chilling for half an hour and served in a glass, if you prefer. Impress your guests with this coffee recipe with unique ingredients that will surely wow them at your next get together.
- 3 tablespoons of Irish Whiskey (We are partial to Jameson; this option can be varied.)
- 2 teaspoons of maple syrup (We prefer maple syrup due to its natural flavoring and sweetness, though you are more than welcome to substitute this with brown sugar. While we recommend 2 teaspoons, some might find this to be too sweet.)
- 3/4 cups freshly brewed coffee
- a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a delicious homemade marshmallow (Marshmallows that are made with more natural ingredients, as opposed to mass-produced and more popular store-bought marshmallows, melt faster and act as a delicious whipped-cream substitute.)
- ground nutmeg, to your desire (Shaved chocolate chips also do the trick if you don’t care for nutmeg, or prefer chocolate. Ground cinnamon will also make a delicious substitute in this coffee recipe.)
Pour the whiskey and maple syrup into your favorite mug and mix gently. Carefully add the hot coffee to the mix and stir every few times you add the coffee in. Ensure that you have enough room for your whipped cream or marshmallow. Enjoy toasty!
4. For Smooth Holiday Prepping – Gingerbread Frappe
Gingerbread is a beloved holiday favorite with nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. Would it be too much if we whipped up a batch of our favorite gingerbread cookies and had them with this incredible drink? Even if the snow is falling, this drink is amazing as a frappe. Make memories with this gourmet coffee recipe that’ll prove you can have a luxurious drink at home.
- 5 ounces of your favorite coffee, chilled (Depending on how sweet you would like your drink, you may want to add more coffee for less sweetness. An entire cup of coffee is 8 ounces, but we recommend beginning with less, as to not be too bitter.)
- 3 cups of ice (Ensure that your blender is able to rip through large pieces of ice, or feel free to break up some of the ice ahead of time.)
- 3 tablespoons of gingerbread flavored syrup
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavored syrup
- 1 tablespoon of caramel flavored syrup (This is not the same as caramel sauce, which is also used in this recipe.)
- whipped cream
- caramel sauce (This is perfect for garnishing the glass and adding on top of the whipped cream)
- gingerbread cookies, crushed (If you don’t have gingerbread cookies, ground nutmeg will also suffice. This creates a beautiful visual and added flavor.)
To create this delicious and very Instagram-worthy coffee recipe, simply place all the ingredients minus the whipped cream, caramel sauce, and cookies, into the blender. (Ensure your coffee is chilled! This can be done by putting the desired amount of coffee into the fridge for 30 minutes or at least 15 minutes in the freezer.)
Blend until smooth, stopping to ensure even distribution throughout the blender so no large chunks of ice will be left. However, while the drink is blending, get started with pouring caramel into your glasses to create a pretty drizzled look. Once the blending is complete, pour the drink into the drizzled glasses, top with whipped cream, then caramel sauce, then gingerbread cookies. Bonus points if you have holiday-themed straws to take a cute picture with!
3. When You Need a Little Bit More From a Classic – Boozy Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Feel free to make this favorite without the alcohol. It’s just as amazing! Be prepared to stop purchasing these drinks and fall in love with making them at home with this delicious recipe.
- 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
- 4 tablespoons Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- 2 tablespoons of your favorite coffee liquor (or Fireball)
- whipped cream
- cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, or shaved chocolate for garnish
Place the coffee in a mug, along with the rum and liquor, and stir to mix. Add the creamer as indicated or to your preference, depending on how dark you like your coffee; stir slowly. Top with whipped cream and add either cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, or shaved chocolate to garnish. Enjoy this hard version of a seasonal classic.
2. When You Have the Fire Going – S’Mores Latte
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Who doesn’t love a good campfire with some s’mores? This coffee recipe is a favorite to make, especially with all the marshmallows we eat beforehand while making it.
- 1 cup of strong brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1.5 cups of milk
- Marshmallow Creme
- graham cracker, chocolate syrup, and marshmallow to garnish
Mix milk and cocoa powder over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Froth milk with preferred method. Line the rim of your cup with marshmallow creme and graham cracker bits. Drizzle chocolate sauce within your cup for added decoration and flavor. Pour coffee into your cup before adding your milk and chocolate mixture. Top with more marshmallow creme, chocolate sauce, graham cracker bits, marshmallows and enjoy!
1. When You Don’t Know What To Do With All Those Candy Canes – The Ultimate Peppermint Mocha
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We all have those leftover candy canes from giving them away and hanging them on the tree. Did you know that they make a wonderful ingredient, however? If you still have many leftover after this incredible peppermint mocha recipe, pair the drink with homemade peppermint bark. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
- 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 candy cane
- freshly whipped cream, peppermint bits, and chocolate to garnish
Over medium heat, add milk, cocoa, and sugar and stir as it begins to bubble; ensure that there are no solid pieces within the pan. Add in coffee as well as candy cane. Ensure to allow candy cane to melt while stirring before serving in a mug. Top with freshly whipped cream, chocolate, and peppermint on top.
Which of these are your favorite coffee recipe? These flavors are popular around the holidays, but they’re totally able to be enjoyed all year round. Each coffee recipe has been worked to perfect proportions, but you are always encouraged to see what works for you and your friends and family. Consider making one of these coffee recipes when you’re hosting a party, or even revolve a get-together around your favorite drinks! Which of these coffee recipes have you tried or would like to try?