When the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing more delightful than a smooth and sweet cup of Christmas Coffee! This Christmas cuppa’ is the perfect drink for cozy nights in or crazy holiday shopping adventures, so put a pot on and settle in to learn how to make this incredible coffee!
The holidays are an annual time to take stock of the good around us and give back. That is why I like to stay fueled up for a season of good with this delightful drink!
If you are a true coffee enthusiast like me, you know that all the best holiday libations need a little caffeine, and this drink delivers!
With plenty of incredible Christmas flavor matched with your favorite coffee, this beautiful caffeinated beverage is the only thing you need on your list this year!
Ingredients you need
Strong Coffee: Pouring out plenty of good this season, start by brewing up your favorite coffee. Make a pot of extra bold, strong coffee using your preferred brewing method. Bold flavors are best for this drink because of the intense holiday flavor in the yummy Christmas Creamer.
If you want this jolly drink before bed, trade the strong coffee for a stiff cup of decaf instead.
Whipped Cream: This garnish adds fantastic flavor and texture. You can use homemade or store-bought whipped cream, but I love to make it even more festive by flavoring it with a hint of eggnog!
Christmas Sprinkles: Decorate your delicious cup with Santa sprinkles or a dusting of delicious nutmeg! You can also skip these garnish ideas and use a cinnamon stick instead.
Sweetened Condensed Milk: This ingredient serves at the base of the Christmas Creamer. When you steep this thick dairy product with holiday spices, it takes on an irresistibly festive sweet flavor. However, if you wanna try an even more pronounced Christmas flavor, try the extended version of the holiday creamer below.
Maple Syrup: The sweet and earthy flavor of maple syrup adds body and a sugary kiss to this lovely creamer. If you are all out, try agave syrup instead.
Heavy Cream: A hint of heavy cream levels the syrupy, thick textures and flavors of the sweetened condensed milk, leaving you with a delectably balanced and sleek-tasting creamer.
Star Anise: Star anise is the highlight flavor of this luscious cream. The star-shaped spice gets simmered with the dairy to create a candy-like taste that immediately makes you feel cozy! For this recipe, whole star anise is the best choice. It will steep in the dairy and diffuse a wonderful licorice-like flavor.
Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves, Allspice, and Salt: To bring out the authentic holiday flavor you need to bust into the spice drawer! This complex, warm, earthy, zesty, and sweet taste blend will surely knock your stockings off! Cinnamon and ginger bring a nice zest, while nutmeg and allspice add some earthy excitement. Round it out with some sweet notes from the cloves and some salt to finish, and you have the perfect mixture of Christmas flavors!
Christmas Spiced Coffee Step-by-step
How To Make Christmas Coffee From Scratch
Step One: Make the Creamer
- Make the Christmas spice mix.
- Simmer the sweetened condensed milk with star anise.
- Add the remaining ingredients and return the mixture to a simmer. Whisk constantly for about five to ten minutes.
- Strain the creamer and set it aside to cool. Once fully cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate.
Step Two: Assemble the Christmas Coffee
- Brew the coffee.
- Pour the Coffee into the serving mug and then add one or two tablespoons of Christmas coffee creamer.
- Top the coffee with whipped cream and garnish it with sprinkles or a dusting of nutmeg.
Great coffee starts with great equipment. That does not mean you need expensive things to make good coffee, but with proper maintenance, everyone’s homebrew can taste barista-made.
Clean your brewing equipment often and thoroughly to avoid dirt and unwanted minerals buildup. Also, stick with clean filtered water to stop mineral buildup before it starts!
Always remember to rinse paper coffee filters with hot water before brewing. This removes any undesirable pulpy flavors before they reach your cup.
Never drink too hot coffee; always give it a moment to chill out. This is important to save yourself from painful burns and to bring out the best flavor. Believe it or not, the flavor of coffee is better after cooling a bit because your tongue is not overwhelmed by heat.
This yummy creamer is infused with so much sweet and spicy Christmas flavor already, but if you want an even more exciting taste, try the extended recipe for Homemade Christmas Creamer. It takes a tiny bit longer to make, but it has a stronger spicy flavor.
- Small Bowl and Whisk: To mix the holiday spices.
- Medium Pot: Use a heavy-bottom pot to cook the holiday creamer.
- Fine Mesh Sieve: For straining the aromatics out of the creamer. You can also use cheesecloth or a French press if you don’t have a sieve.
- Container: For any excess homemade creamer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Christmas Coffee
You might have some leftovers from this delicious, silky, smooth Christmas Coffee Creamer. Pour the leftovers into a lidded pitcher or jar and store them in the fridge for up to three days.
Unfortunately, this drink is a little high in carbs for keto eaters; however, it makes an excellent Christmas cheat day treat!
Yes, this yummy recipe is naturally nut-free, egg-free, and gluten-free. You can even make this creamy treat vegan by swapping the sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream for condensed coconut milk and coconut cream. That means this drink is for virtually everyone!
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- Small bowl
- Medium pot
- Fine meshed sieve
- Glass container
- Serving glass
Ingredients Christmas Creamer (20 servings)
- ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Ground ginger
- ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp Ground allspice
- 4-5 pieces Cloves or ground cloves ¼ teaspoon
- 1 ½ cup Sweetened Condensed milk
- 3-4 pieces Star anise
- ½ cup Maple syrup
- 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream
- ¼ tsp Salt
Ingredients Christmas Coffee
- 1 cup Strong coffee of your choice – AeroPressFrench press, Pour over
- 2 tbsp Homemade Christmas coffee creamer
- Whipped cream
- Christmassy sprinkles or dust with nutmeg
- Mix ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp Ground ginger, ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg, 4-5 pieces Cloves, ¼ tsp Ground allspice in a small bowl together to create a Christmas spice mix, and have it ready for use.¼ tsp Ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp Ground ginger, ¼ tsp Ground nutmeg, 4-5 pieces Cloves, ¼ tsp Ground allspice
- In a small pot, pour in1 ½ cup Sweetened Condensed milk and bring it to a low simmer with 3-4 pieces Star anise.1 ½ cup Sweetened Condensed milk, 3-4 pieces Star anise
- Add 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream, ½ cup Maple syrup, ¼ tsp Salt, and Christmas spice mix, then bring everything together to a simmer again on low heat while constantly whisking, this time for another 5-10 minutes.½ cup Maple syrup, 1 ¼ cup Heavy cream, ¼ tsp Salt
- After the final simmer, we can strain the liquid into a glass container or glass bottle and leave it to cool down completely.
- After it is cooled down to room temperature, close it and keep the creamer in the fridge.
- Brew 1 cup Strong coffee of your choice and pour it in your serving glass.1 cup Strong coffee
- Add 1-2 tbsp Homemade Christmas coffee creamer and garnish it with Whipped cream.2 tbsp Homemade Christmas coffee creamer, Whipped cream
- Sprinkle the whipped cream with Christmassy sprinkles and serve.Christmassy sprinkles
- Don’t leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food and beverages unattended
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove