Because what better way to start the week, right?
And especially this time of year. I mean, it’s December, everything’s getting all Christmasy, and Baby, it’s cold outside….(for some of you anyway.) #nofair #southpoleelfnow #dreamingofawhitechristmas
In case you haven’t been around before to know this already, I live in the southern hemisphere which means it’s getting hotter here as we’re approaching our summer season. It actually hasn’t been very hot yet though. It’s been surprisingly cold and rainy recently and I’m on the fence about how to feel about that ’cause I’m tired of being cold but I love that it feels more like the Holidays. Hmph, I can’t decide. Either way I know I’m in the mood for lattes! What about you? Ha, as if!
Okay I admit it, I’ve slowly been becoming a coffee addict over the past year(ish) and now I think there is a distinct possibility that I’ll end up being one of those people who can’t function without it someday. This is something that would probably bother me more, depress me even, if I wasn’t currently buzzed on the Joe. Instead I’m rationalizing that I’d never want to exist in a world without it anyway so why worry about it? But yeah, I really love the stuff.
I always feel a little lazy when I’m sharing recipes for lattes and things like this because they’re so fast and simple it hardly counts as a recipe. On the other hand, I used homemade eggnog so that adds a little bit more complexity if you wanna try that too. Otherwise though, these takes about 5 minutes once you’ve made them once or twice, but probably closer to 10 the first time.
I honestly think even those of you who hate eggnog alone could still fall in love with a steaming hot mug of this ultimately festive morning sip! In the past I wasn’t a fan of eggnog myself, solely based on the name sounding gross, but then I tried it and realized that it was basically nutmeg infused melted ice cream and I was 100% sold from then on. I’ve been making it myself the last few years because it’s not something you can buy in Chile and it’s also way better. Oh, and did you know it’s an amazing thing to use as an ingredient? A fact proven by these pancakes and this cake, and this hot chocolate!
So I think I’m going to shock you all and cut out here to keep things short today since we probably all have lots to do and very little time to do it in. Besides, I’ve already told you how easy these lattes are and how to do them, so it’s like what else is there to say???
- 1 1/2 cups strong black coffee
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for topping
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg, plus more for topping
- 3 tablespoons granular sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups dairy free nog (I used homemade eggnog but there are many varieties available such as almond, soy, and coconut.)
- non-dairy whipped cream for topping (optional)
- Whisk together all the ingredients (minus the whipped cream) in a small saucepan or tea kettle and set over medium high heat until hot and steaming.
- Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and/or a dash of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg