Homemade Eggnog Latte {and Starbucks K-Cups review}

by Melissa on December 6, 2011

I remember when Starbucks opened in my town several years ago, I was so excited that my beloved White Chocolate Mocha would no longer be just a rare treat when shopping in the big city. Then, the seasons changed and I was introduced to those beautiful red cups that only come out during the holidays. It was the beginning of a serious relationship between me and the famous Eggnog Lattes.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I was chosen by Foodbuzz and Starbucks to review the new Starbucks K-cups. I work nights and my husband works days, but we both drink coffee. It was becoming really inconvenient to make sure there was fresh coffee for both of us, but the Keurig one cup coffee brewer has solved that problem for us. The only thing better than the Keurig, is the fact that Starbucks has started manufacturing K-cups. The K-cups are made with the same high quality coffee that you expect from your local Starbucks store, but now you can make it at home in single servings. You can buy your favorite Starbucks coffee flavors including Breakfast Blend, House Blend, Pike Place Roast, French Roast, Sumatra and Cafe Verona, as well as Tazo Tea K-cups at your local grocery or department store.

While I love a fresh cup of the House Blend straight from the Keurig, I decided to see if I could save some cash this holiday season and make my own Eggnog Lattes at home. After some googling, it looks like Starbucks uses a 2:1 ratio of eggnog to milk, steamed and blended with espresso to make their lattes. After some experimenting with both the House Blend and French Roast K-cups, eggnog and milk (it was a tough experiment, let me tell you), the recipe below is very, very close to my favorite Eggnog Latte. It is rich, creamy and has the perfect balance of coffee and eggnog. I like my coffee a little sweeter, so I added a touch of brown sugar, but feel free to leave it out. :)

Homemade Eggnog Latte Coffee

  • 1 cup of brewed Starbucks coffee (French Roast for a bolder coffee flavor)
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • ground cinnamon or nutmeg, for garnish

In a small sauce pan, whisk together the eggnog, milk and brown sugar over medium heat until steaming. Poor into a large (20 oz) mug and mix with the coffee, top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

Note: This makes the equivalent to a Venti Starbucks eggnog latte.

Source: A Made in Melissa’s Kitchen original.

Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received two boxes of Starbucks K-Cups and a Keurig Brewing System, but the opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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Amy @ The Nifty Foodie December 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Oh yum! I love eggnog lattes! I asked for a Keurig for Christmas since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house. :-) Hoping Santa is feeling extra generous this year!

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Melissa December 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

I hope you get one too, I love it!

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Nikki December 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

What a great idea! I have not yet tried the Eggnog Latte at Starbucks, because I’m so hooked on the Gingerbread one! :) But, maybe just maybe I’ll use my new Keurig to make one at home now. Thanks, Melissa!

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Melissa December 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

See I am the opposite, I always get the eggnog so I have never tried the gingerbread! Once in a while I get the caramel brulee, but the eggnog is definitely my fav!

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Nic@diningwithastud December 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Cutest. Mug. Ever!!

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Melissa December 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

I saw it at Target and couldn’t resist!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Cool – I had no idea that Starbucks made k cups!

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Melissa December 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

They just came out with them!

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Sues December 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I still haven’t tried an eggnog latte, but it’s definitely on my list of drinks to make!! With some rum :)

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Melissa December 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Ooohhh yum!

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