Holiday drinks that will keep you cozy for the chilly season

Winter is my favorite season of the year, and I love all of the delicious holiday drinks that come with it! However, as a college student, it’s difficult trying to find ways to save money while also having the desire to buy a holiday drink that is over $5 almost every day. As a former barista, here are a few easy recipes that will fulfill your holiday cravings while also saving you some extra money. All of these recipes do not require a steamer. 

EGGNOG LATTE

Start to finish: 5-10 minutes

Servings: 1

2 shots of espresso or coffee of your choice

½ cup of milk

½ cup of eggnog 

2 tablespoons of whip cream

Heat together ½ cup of milk and ½ cup of eggnog for about 1 minute in the microwave. Use a blender, frother, or shaker to mix together the mixture for about 30 seconds. 

Pour your espresso or coffee into a mug and top it off with your eggnog mixture. 

Top with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream and ground cinnamon if desired.

COOKIE BUTTER LATTE

Start to finish: 10-15 minutes

Servings: 1

1 tablespoon of cookie butter

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla syrup

½ cup of milk

2 shots of espresso or coffee of your choice

In a bowl or mug, add in the cookie butter, milk, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract or syrup and microwave on high for about 1 minute.

Mix together the mixture until the cookie butter is fully melted. 

Pour your espresso or coffee into a mug and top it off with the cookie butter mixture. 

Top it off with whipped cream and cookie crumbles if desired.

SALTY CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT LATTE

Start to finish: 5-10 minutes

Servings:1

2 shots of espresso or coffee of your choice

½ cup of milk

1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup

1 tablespoon of caramel syrup

1 tablespoon of hazelnut syrup

In a bowl or mug, combine the milk, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, and hazelnut syrup and microwave for 1 minute. 

Mix together the mixture until the syrups are fully melted to your liking. 

Pour the espresso or coffee into a mug, along with the chocolate hazelnut mixture. 

Top it off with a dash of sea salt and drizzle some more chocolate and caramel syrup if desired.

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