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Easy Homemade Egg Nog Latte Recipe (with Homemade Egg Nog)

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You’ll never buy an egg nog latte again after making it at home from scratch! It’s super easy and only takes about 10 minutes. Delicious! You can also use this recipe to make plain homemade egg nog or spiked egg nog in a flash.

Is the holiday season just not complete without an egg nog latte? I get it – I feel the same way!

For many years I bought them at Starbucks or other coffee shops. Then I started buying high quality egg nog from my local dairy and making them at home using my favorite espresso.

Now? I make egg nog at home from scratch and combine it with delicious Savorista espresso made with my Breville espresso machine. It’s so good, I don’t think I’ll ever buy another one again! For me, it’s homemade all the way now.

Homemade Egg Nog Latte FAQ

What do you need to make an egg nog latte at home?

Egg nog and espresso. You can use store bought egg nog or make it from scratch using my recipe below in about 10 minutes. If you don’t have an espresso machine you can use strong coffee.

What kind of espresso should I use?

Use your favorite! I drink mostly decaf coffee and espresso these days because I drink lattes in the afternoon, so I use Savorista decaf espresso (I have a subscription). They have both Swiss water process low-caff and decaf coffee and espresso, and I highly recommend both.

Can I use coffee instead of espresso?

Yes! Before I had an espresso machine I used strong coffee I made at home.

Can I just make the homemade egg nog in this recipe?

Yes! You can make a batch of this egg nog and use it for lattes or add rum, whisky, etc. If I’m not drinking an egg nog latte, my favorite is rum egg nog. My husband? He prefers whisky egg nog. You can also add bourbon or just drink it plain.

What You Need to Make a Homemade Egg Nog Latte

Egg Nog Ingredients

  • Egg yolks
    Tip: save the egg whites for making a pavlova wreath or eaton mess.
  • Sugar
    I’ve used white sugar and cane sugar.
  • Vanilla bean
    Using a vanilla bean will give your egg nog the very best flavor but you can substitute with vanilla extract or even vanilla sugar if you prefer.
  • Milk
    I used 2% because that’s what I always have in my fridge. You could use whole milk for a richer flavor.
  • Half-and-half
    You can also use heavy cream.
  • Nutmeg
    Using fresh nutmeg will give the best flavor but if you don’t have that, ground nutmeg will work just fine.
  • Pinch of salt
  • Espresso or strong coffee
  • Whipped cream (optional topping)


  • Saucepan
  • Medium-sized mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Microplane (if using fresh nutmeg)
  • Bowl and ladle or jar with lid (for storing)
  • Coffee cup
Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Egg Nog

Homemade Egg Nog

You'll never want to buy egg nog again after making it at home!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 cups [450ml] milk
  • 1 cup [227ml] half and half 
  • 6 eggs yolks
  • 1/2 cup [100g] sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean 
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Espresso, rum, whisky or bourbon (optional)


  1. Pour milk and half and half into a saucepan and warm over medium heat.
  2. Separate egg whites and yolks (you don't need the whites for this recipe). Add yolks to a medium sized mixing bowl. Add sugar and whisk until pale.
  3. Using a paring knife, slice open a vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the caviar. Set caviar aside.
  4. When the milk mixture is hot, use a small ladle to transfer some hot milk to the bowl with the egg yolks. Immediately whisk the hot milk into the egg yolks. Repeat this process until half of the milk has been combined with the eggs. Then pour the rest of the hot milk into the egg yolks and whisk until combined.
  5. Pour the egg nog back into the saucepan and heat over medium heat to 160F/71C. Take off the heat, add the vanilla bean caviar and nutmeg, then whisk until combined.
  6. If you're making egg nog lattes, pour the hot egg nog into mugs and add espresso. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg (optional).
  7. If you're drinking the eggnog later, let the it cool to room temperature. Then transfer the egg nog to a bowl or jar, cover, and place in the fridge to cool for several hours or overnight. The eggnog will thicken as it cools.
  8. Once chilled, pour eggnog into glasses. Add rum, whisky or bourbon to taste (optional). Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

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