This eggnog latte is just as good as what you get in a coffee shop, and you don’t have to get out of your PJs. No milk frother required!
I mentioned a while back that I had never had the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. Honestly, it was a rebellion of sorts. As much as I love coffee (and boy, do I love coffee) by the time I heard of pumpkin spice lattes, the trend was out of control. Now, of course, the joke is that every basic white girl (a category that I certainly fall into) is obsessed with yoga pants, UGG boots, and pumpkin spice lattes. Haha, funny stuff. While I certainly am obsessed with my yoga pants, I refused to even delve into pumpkin spice latte territory, particularly since most coffee shops don’t even put a whiff of pumpkin into their lattes (insert eye roll here). Also, my feet would sweat an unpleasant amount in furry boots.
I finally tried one this fall, just to say that I’d done it. And you know what? It was good. Not earth-shatteringly, I’m going to drink this every day good. Just good. One and done, honestly. I kind of shrugged and wondered why everyone is so obsessed. My coffee loves tend toward the more simple. I drink my morning coffee out of a gigantic latte mug with nothing but a splash of half and half, and I’ve done this every day for years. In my mind, there has never been any need to toy with perfection.
Enter the eggnog latte. I should have known better than to get tangled up, but I couldn’t resist. It had been tempting me from the menu, from the seasonal signs, from recipes I found online, for a while. A gift card from a friend spurred me on, and I had to give it a try. I marched up to the counter and ordered my eggnog latte, no whip (don’t want to dilute the flavors) and…life changed.
I love eggnog is the thing. I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid, when my dad and I would mainline it for two months every holiday season. I might have mentioned it a time or two, not really sure (yes, I’m sure, I have definitely mentioned it, most recently in the refreshed version of my own homemade eggnog). I’ve tried splashing a bit of eggnog in my coffee, but I’ve never been able to get the balance right so that you can actually taste the eggnog over the coffee, but that eggnog latte…well, that got it right. I was further spurred on by a recipe that I saw recently on one of my favorite blogs, How Sweet It Is.
I recently got a Nespresso machine, and I’m pretty much in love – especially since I discovered these unique Gourmesso coffee pods, which are compatible with most Nespresso machines and deliver great espresso flavor in under 30 seconds (plus they’re less expensive than Nespresso’s coffee pods, which I love). I steamed some eggnog on my stovetop and, because (like most average human beings) I don’t have a milk frother, I used my hand blender to foam the nog. If you don’t have a hand blender, you can absolutely use a regular blender – anything to whip some air into the eggnog.
With my hand blender, my Nespresso, and Gourmesso’s delicious coffee pods, I was able to whip up two eggnog lattes in under ten minutes, all while wearing my yoga pants and a messy bun standing in my kitchen. And they were every bit as delicious as the $5 latte that I bought at the coffee shop. Goals met.