Eggnog Latte for the Holidays

Winter has come early and the holidays are upon us. Buy Organic Coffee would like to vote for eggnog latte for the holidays as an appropriate way to make healthy organic coffee for Thanksgiving, Christmas and into the depths of winter. Here is a little information about eggnog, latte and how to make eggnog latte for the holidays.

Where Did Eggnog Come From?

Eggnog probably originated in East Anglia, England and has its roots in a medieval European beverage made with hot milk called posset. Nog comes from noggin which was Middle English for a small carved wood cup used to serve alcohol. At the time of its origin the drink was also called egg flip because the preparer flipped or rapidly poured it between two pitchers to mix it. An early reference to egg nog in the colonies in the 18th century is by Isaac Weld who wrote that

“The American travelers, before they pursued their journey, took a hearty draught each, according to custom, of egg-nog, a mixture composed of new milk, eggs, rum, and sugar, beat up together”

Making the Eggnog


  • A dozen egg yolks
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of chilled heavy cream
  • Nutmeg, grated
  • ½ cup of bourbon, rum, or brandy
  • Preferably all organic


  • Use a medium saucepan.
  • Whisk the milk and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • This takes a minute or two.
  • Use a large bowl to whisk the egg yolks.
  • Continue to whisk and pour the hot mixture into the yolks, slowly.
  • Put the mixture back into the cooking pan.
  • Cook over medium to low heat just below the temperature needed to simmer until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a stirring spoon.
  • This takes twenty to twenty-five minutes.
  • Pour through a strainer into a bowl.
  • Stir in the bourbon, rum or brandy and then the cream.
  • Garnish with grated nutmeg.
  • Cover with a plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator to cool.



Latte is a coffee house coffee made with espresso and milk.

Latte is made with steamed milk. For latte think “coffee with milk” or café au lait.

Eggnog latte

You have two choices here, hot or cold.

You can make espresso and cool it and mix into a cup made from the recipe for eggnog. Or you can start with the eggnog mix that is just mixed and warm and add your espresso for a hot eggnog latte. In each case you have a nice holiday drink with a little alcohol.

Alternatives, by the way, are Irish coffee and Rüdesheimer kaffee if you want an alcohol and coffee drink to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. But, if you want to be consistent with the season try making eggnog latte for the holidays and use one of the Colombian organic coffee brands to make the espresso.

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