Six ultimate Christmas coffee recipes

Six ultimate Christmas coffee recipes

There’s something about holiday coffees that gets us into a merry Christmas mood. And although you might not be able to enjoy festive coffee drinks from coffee shops this year, you can still make delicious holiday-flavoured coffees at home. Here are just six of our favourite Christmas coffee recipes!

Orange spiced coffee

Full of citrus and sweet spices, this is the perfect after-dinner coffee.


  • 4 tbsp ground coffee (a coffee with notes of citrus would do wonderfully in this particular drink. Head here to see what we currently have on offer)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 2 pitted dates
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cloves
  • Orange zest


  • Put the ground coffee, cinnamon stick and dates in a large cafetiere. Add the ground nutmeg, cloves and orange zest, then pour over 400ml freshly boiled water
  • Stir gently with a wooden spoon to combine, then leave to steep for 4 mins. Slowly push down the plunger and serve

Eggnog latte

Feeling a little bit naughty? The eggnog latte is a rich and luxurious coffee that’ll be right up your street.


  • 35ml espresso (not sure what espresso to try? We’ve got a fabulous espresso taster pack).
  • 100ml milk, steamed and whisked until frothy
  • 150ml eggnog or advocaat
  • pinch each of nutmeg and ground cinnamon, to serve


  • Pour the espresso into a large mug. Top with most of the frothy milk, then the eggnog or advocaat
  • Stir, add the rest of the milk and sprinkle with the nutmeg and cinnamon to serve
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Eggnog latte holiday coffee recipe

Festive apple coffee

Add the delicious flavours of bonfire night into your coffee with this caramel apple coffee recipe!


  • 40ml apple puree / paste
  • 20ml caramel sauce
  • 30ml espresso
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 200ml milk, heated
  • Whipped cream


  • Measure the apple puree / paste, caramel sauce and cinnamon into a mug
  • Prepare the espresso and pour it into the glass with hot milk.
  • Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce and cinnamon.

Peppermint mocha

Chocolate and peppermint is a classic combination – and for good reason! You can’t go wrong with this holiday classic.


  • 225ml coffee
  • 30g bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed candy canes


  • In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients except the peppermint.
  • Stir and bring the ingredients to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat, add the peppermint, pour into your mug.
  • Decorate with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkles over some crushed candy canes.
Christmas Cocktail

Peppermint mocha holiday coffee recipe

Cafe amore cocktail

Finally, we had to include a couple of coffee cocktail recipes – because what’s the festive season without a delicious cocktail?!


  • 30ml cognac
  • 30ml amaretto
  • 170ml black coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Shaved almonds (optional)


  • Pour the cognac and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass
  • Pour the hot coffee and stir
  • Top with whipped cream and garnish with the shaved almonds


    Flat white Russian

    We might have saved the best for last – our founder James is obsessed with this caffeinated version of a white Russian.


    • 50ml Kahlúa
    • 50ml vodka
    • 50ml espresso
    • Milk or a milk alternative
    • Ice cubes


    • Fill a glass with ice cubes, add Kahlúa, vodka and espresso
    • Finish up with milk/milk alternative
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    Pouring the coffee for a flat white Russian

    If you make any of these recipes, share it with us on Twitter or Instagram using #balancecoffeerecipes.

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