When we speak to our friends about their favourite parts of winter, many of them gush about how much they enjoy cozy winter nights curled up with their families by the fire. We love those moments and that pleasant, content feeling too, but that’s not the only time we feel happy! If you ask us, the very best time of day in the winter and around the holidays is really in the morning. The sun rises later so we actually see it peek over the horizon and we grab our favorite blanket and a cup of coffee to enjoy a moment of calm before the hustle and bustle of a busy winter day starts.
Just in case you love a hot coffee drink on a winter morning just as much as we do but you’re also looking for ways to keep things as festive as possible this holiday season, here’s a list of our 15 favourite caffeinated Christmas beverages for you to try along with us!
1. Salted caramel espresso with milk foam
Are you very into the idea of a flavoured coffee but you’ve never been the kind of person who wants a lot of milk in your beverage? Then stick to espresso and foam while still treating yourself to a salted caramel flavour, just like Canterbury Coffee did here!
2. Christmas peppermint coffee
Few things remind us of Christmas quite so much as candy canes, so it only makes sense that the taste of peppermint reminds us of the holiday season too. That’s why we love peppermint flavoured coffees so much! The only thing as good as this recipe Glam Latte is how deliciously fresh and full of peppermint it also smells while you sip it.
3. Peppermint frappe
We don’t meet people like this often, but every once in a while we come across someone who actually still prefers to drink cold coffee beverages in the winter, no matter how much snow is outside! Lucky for you, recipes like this one from The Gunny Sack are here to show you that cold coffee drinks like frappes can be made to taste like delicious holiday creations too. Check out their delicious peppermint frappe!
4. Gingerbread latte
Have you always loved the taste of gingerbread men more than just about any other cookie? Then we have a feeling you’re going to adore the flavour of this delicious Christmas latte recipe from Canterbury Coffee! They show you how to use cinnamon and espresso in perfect blend and balance to make a mouth watering gingerbread latte that will brighten your morning.
5. Irish Coffee
Perhaps you like your coffee with a little bit more of a kick, especially on a chilly morning when you really need to steel yourself to face the frozen world outside? Then we think you might be the perfect person to make yourself a delicious Irish coffee like this one from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen! We wouldn’t necessarily suggest enjoying an alcoholic coffee early in the morning but, hey, you’re an adult and we’re not here to judge.
6. Easy Mexican hot cocoa
When we said “coffee with a kick”, did your mind go somewhere other than whiskey and start imagining the fragrance of a coffee with a bit of spice? In that case, we think this fiery Mexican coffee might be a little more up your alley! Cross Country Café shows you how to combine a classic latte with cinnamon and a unique Mexican spice blend that gives you the perfect balance of spicy and sweet.
7. Peppermint patty drink
When you think “peppermint coffee” drink, are you also imagining the rich flavour of chocolate boosting the flavour of the drink in there somewhere? Then we definitely think you should give this peppermint patty inspired recipe Creative Cooking Corner a try.
8. Gingerbread maple latte
Did the idea of making a delicious gingerbread latte appeal to you a lot but, if you’re being honest, you’d actually love something even more sweet because it’s the holidays and you deserve to indulge a little? Then try adding maple into the mix! Cross Country Café shows you how to do it to get a perfectly balanced flavour that showcases both elements.
9. Mint white hot chocolate
Have you been thinking about the idea of a creamy, mint flavoured chocolate drink all the while you’ve been scrolling, but milk chocolate actually isn’t your favourite kind? Then you’re going to adore this alternative idea from The Gracious Wife because they’ve made theirs with white chocolate instead! Their recipe doesn’t actually call for coffee, but you can make just about anything a delicious coffee beverage by adding a shot of espresso.
10. Pumpkin spiced mocha latte
Are you the kind of eager pumpkin spiced lover who has already been enjoying your favourite flavour all fall and has no intention to give it up now just because the weather’s gotten a little bit colder? Well, no one said you have to give pumpkin spiced lattes up just yet anyways! That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t customize them a little bit to make them even more holiday appropriate. Check out how Dessert for Two added some chocolate to make their pumpkin spiced latte into a delicious pumpkin spiced mocha!
11. S’mores hot chocolate
Here’s another deliciously warm holiday beverage that doesn’t have coffee in the original recipe but can certainly be customized into an awesome caffeinated treat just by adding a simple shot of your favourite espresso. Minimalist Baker shows you how to make a S’mores hot chocolate that’s so decadent we’re practically drooling. Adding coffee only makes it better!
12. Vanilla eggnog latte
Were you intrigued by the idea of the white chocolate latte we talked about earlier because you’ve always preferred lighter vanilla flavours to rich chocolate ones but you still want to make sure the drink you’re enjoying is a seasonal one since the holidays only come once a year? In that case, we definitely think you should give Cross Country Cafe‘ super flavourful vanilla eggnog latte a try! After all, you can’t get much more Christmas-y than eggnog.
13. Candy cane latte
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making yourself a holiday coffee drink, do you want to make sure it’s the ultimate Christmas treat in all aspects? Then we think this deliciously adorable candy cane latte from Bipartisan Café might be the best option for you. They show you how to make a yummy peppermint mocha that is also garnished with marshmallows and a real candy cane so that it looks, tastes, and smells the part.
14. After Eight coffee
Where we come from, family meals during holiday time always end with everyone taking a minty After Eight chocolate like a conclusion to the meal. We might come back for actual dessert later, but it’s just something fresh and yummy to much on after a hearty dinner until you’re ready for the real sweets. What if, however, you’re also the kind of person who loves a post-dinner coffee to keep you from falling asleep from contentment too early? Then we think you’re going to love the way Nespresso combined the two to make a delicious After Eight garnished mint mocha.
15. Apple cider Chai latte
Do you appreciate chocolate and all things mocha any time of year but you find that, during the holidays, there are actually other seasonal flavours you like more that don’t get enough attention in the world of specialty coffees? We couldn’t agree with you more, which is why we were so excited to come across this unique apple cider Chai latte idea from Cross Country Café! They show you how to combine two already delicious warm drinks into one.