Holiday Coffee and Cocktail Recipes

by Cat DeLaus Updated: December 08, 2022 5 min read

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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning the menu for your parties or family get-togethers. If you’re a coffee lover like I am, you may be wondering how you can whip up some seasonally appropriate espresso drinks and cocktails, and these festive coffee drinks and cocktails with holiday spirits are great additions to any holiday party menu.

Holiday Coffee Recipes

After dinner coffee is a classic staple for many holiday gatherings, but you don’t have to stick to your regular drip coffee pot. Whether you’re throwing a dinner party or hosting a brunch, If you want to wow your guests, these holiday coffee drinks are the perfect solution.

Cinnamon Roll Latte

Cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat that are perfect for chilly winter mornings, and this latte follows in the footsteps of the treat that inspired it. The syrup is easy to make ahead of time, so this latte recipe is a great choice whether you’re adding a dash into your usual morning latte or impressing your guests.

A Cinnamon Roll Latte.

A Cinnamon Roll Latte.

Ingredients for the syrup

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for the latte

  • Cinnamon syrup
  • Milk
  • Espresso
The ingredients for a Cinnamon Roll Latte.

The ingredients for a Cinnamon Roll Latte.

Directions

  1. To make the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and once it’s boiling turn the heat to low and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool before pouring into an airtight container and storing in your fridge. It will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. Let the syrup chill fully before using in a latte.
  2. When you’re ready to make your latte, pour the amount of syrup you want into a glass and pull your shot of espresso over it. Stir until they’re fully combined.
  3. Steam your milk and pour over your espresso mixture.
  4. Enjoy!
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Cranberry Cinnamon White Mocha

Although this drink has a long name, it’s pretty easy to make once you’ve made your cranberry cinnamon syrup. Plus you can use the extra ingredients from making the syrup to make a simmer pot the day of your gathering to make sure your home smells amazing when your guests arrive.

The Cranberry Cinnamon White Mocha.

The Cranberry Cinnamon White Mocha.

Ingredients for Cranberry Cinnamon White Mocha

  • 1 tablespoon white chocolate sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cranberry cinnamon syrup
  • 6 oz whole milk
  • A shot of espresso

Ingredients for the Cranberry cinnamon syrup

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
The ingredients for a Cranberry Cinnamon White Mocha.

The ingredients for a Cranberry Cinnamon White Mocha.

Directions

  1. Make the cranberry cinnamon syrup by combining all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and stir to combine until the sugar dissolves. Then reduce heat to low and let simmer covered for 5 minutes before removing from heat. Allow the mixture to cool before straining it into an airtight container, then refrigerate it. The syrup will stay good for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
  2. Add your cranberry cinnamon syrup and white chocolate sauce in a mug and brew your shot of espresso over the top, then stir to combine.
  3. Steam milk and pour into your mug.
  4. Enjoy!
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Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Fun cocktails are a staple for many holiday gatherings, but mixing up your mixed drinks is always a fun way to add something new to your holiday season.

Eggnogg Espresso Martini

Eggnog is a staple of the holiday season, and adding it to an espresso martini adds a fun holiday twist to the drink.

An Eggnog Espresso Martini.

An Eggnog Espresso Martini.

Ingredients

  • One shot of dark rum
  • One shot of kahlua
  • One shot of espresso
  • ½ cup of eggnog
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon for garnish
The ingredients for an Eggnog Espresso Martini.

The ingredients for an Eggnog Espresso Martini.

Directions

  1. Combine all the rum, kahlua, espresso, eggnog, vanilla extract, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with cinnamon.
  3. Enjoy!

Cranberry Cinnamon Spritz Cocktail

If you already made up the syrup for the cranberry cinnamon white mocha recipe, you can reuse it for this cocktail! Being able to reuse the same syrup more than once makes it easier to prep before having guests over.

A Cranberry Cinnamon Spritz.

A Cranberry Cinnamon Spritz.

Ingredients for the cocktail

  • 1.5 oz of vodka
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Sparkling water (made with the iSi Sodamaker)
  • 1 tablespoon of cranberry cinnamon syrup
  • Ice

Ingredients for the Cranberry cinnamon syrup

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
The ingredients for a Cranberry Cinnamon Spritz.

The ingredients for a Cranberry Cinnamon Spritz.

Directions

  1. Make the cranberry cinnamon syrup by combining all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and stir to combine until the sugar dissolves. Then remove from heat and allow to cool before straining the mixture into an airtight container, then refrigerate it. The syrup will stay good for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
  2. Once the syrup fully cools, combine the vodka, lemon juice, cranberry cinnamon syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
  3. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice and top with seltzer water from the iSi Sodamaker.
  4. Enjoy!
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In Conclusion

These holiday coffee drinks and cocktails are perfect for bringing the holiday spirit to your usual coffee or cocktails, and these recipes are easy enough to whip up before you have guests over. If you try out any of these recipes, make sure to take us on social media so we can see your creations!

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Cat DeLaus
Cat DeLaus

Cat DeLaus joined Whole Latte Love in 2022 as a content writer. She writes and edits product copy and blogs, and loves getting to test out the products she writes about. She has always had a habit of drinking too much coffee, though she’s new to the world of espresso brewing and is excited to learn more about how to make great espresso.