Thursday, December 22, 2011

Eggnog Latte

One of my favorite things about holidays is there is usually a flavor you can associate with it.  Thanksgiving has turkey and pumpkin pie. Valentine's Day has chocolate (duh).  Summer holidays have barbecue.  Christmas to me is eggnog.  So when the calendar changes to December, I start looking for eggnog to hit the store shelves.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy eggnog is in a latte.  The mix of flavors just screams Christmastime.  The espresso helps get me through those long days of running around from store to store.  You could stop at Starbuck's for one of these, but that would cost you somewhere between an arm and a leg.  This is much cheaper and just as good.

Eggnog Latte

2 oz espresso
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup eggnog
Fresh ground nutmeg (optional)

Brew espresso according to manufacturer's instructions.  Pour into mug.

In steamer pot or measuring cup, combine eggnog and milk.  Steam eggnog mixture until hot and frothy (time will depend on your espresso maker).  Pour eggnog mixture into espresso, using spoon to hold back froth until very end.  Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg, if desired.  Serve immediately.

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