There’s nothing quite like sitting curled up in front of a crackling fire on a cold winter’s day with a steaming hot cup of coffee in hand. Winter and coffee just go together, especially milky and rich coffee that make you feel that little bit more cozy and comfortable in the colder months.
For those of you who like experimenting with different flavors, we have gathered together a list of the best winter coffee recipes so you can spice up your coffee routine. Whether you are after a Salted Caramel Brulee Latte, Pumpkin Spiced Latte or Eggnog Coffee we have your winter coffee recipes covered.
How to Froth Milk At Home?
Just a few tips before we get into the Winter Coffee recipes! If you are wanting a really indulgent drink you really need to be able to froth milk at home. Thankfully there are some easy ways to do this if you don’t own an espresso machine. First you need to heat your milk- this can easily be done in the microwave or on the stovetop. The ideal milk temperature is 139–149°F (55–65°C). The best way to froth milk is to use a milk frother which is relatively affordable and produces dense, smooth foam perfect for that latte or cappuccino. If you don’t have a milk frother at home you can also use a French Press; these work in a similar way to a manual milk frother where you pump the filter up and down for about 10 seconds to produce foamy milk. If all else fails you can use either a blender or whisk or even just shake the milk in a jar to create some foam on top.
What Coffee Beans Should You Use?
If you are wanting the best tasting coffee we highly recommend using freshly roasted beans. The taste of your coffee will never exceed the quality of the beans used! When it comes to roast levels it really depends on your flavor preferences and how you are going to be brewing your coffee. Generally if you are going to be adding flavors to your coffee we would recommend a medium to dark roasted bean which will give a well balanced, strong coffee flavor. Lighter roasted beans tend to be better for drinking black as they highlight the delicate flavors of a region. Darker roasts like French or Vienna roasts have very bitter, strong flavors which can be overpowering.
How Do You Make Spiced Coffee?
Adding spices or flavors to your coffee is a great way to start experimenting with different winter coffee flavors. There are a huge range of spices you can try; most of which you will have in your pantry:
You simply then add your chosen spice to your ground coffee and combine it in your usual coffee maker such as a French Press, Moka Pot, or Pour Over coffee maker. Then just brew as usual. We recommend starting out with about a quarter of a teaspoon of spice per cup of coffee and then adjust according to your preferences.
Winter Coffee Recipes
We have compiled a list of some of the best winter coffee recipes to try out!
If you like sugar, spice and all things nice then you will love a Gingerbread Latte. This warm, comforting drink is the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. You will need cinnamon, ginger, molasses and sugar to make this delicious winter coffee.
If creamy, rich, sweet drinks are your thing then you will love a White Chocolate Mocha Latte topped with soft peaks of whipped cream- this is the chocolate lovers dream! And it is very simple to make; you simply add some white chocolate chips to your milk while heating it, then mix it together with your brewed coffee and top it with some cream. This is the perfect decadent treat to get you through the long winter days.
A Peppermint Mocha Latte is a holiday favorite, particularly in the leadup to Christmas. You do need peppermint syrup to make this drink, However, once you have that it is very simple to make and a great way to use up a few candy canes! If you are after a holiday treat try this sweet, minty, dark chocolate drink.
Eggnog Latte is perhaps one of the most classic winter coffee drinks and a perfect way to celebrate the season. The perfect blend of eggnog, milk and coffee topped with cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. This rich, creamy drink is a great way to warm up on a cold winter’s day.
A Pumpkin Spice Latte is the perfect comfort drink to celebrate fall. Reminiscent of pumpkin pie, a Pumpkin Spice Latte has the sweet mix of pumpkin and spices mixed with coffee and topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. All your favorite things rolled into one heavenly cup!
If you are after a delicious winter warmer try an Irish coffee. An Irish coffee mixes coffee with a shot of whisky and sugar and then is topped with whipped cream. This is the perfect way to warm up on those cold winter days.
Cafe de Olla is a Mexican spiced coffee. It is typically drunk black with a splash of milk. Cafe de Olla is made with ground coffee, cinnamon and Piloncillo (a raw dark sugar). It is a sweet coffee with a hint of spice from the cinnamon.
This sweet, creamy, rich latte is the perfect winter coffee to cozy up to. Made by mixing frothed milk, caramel, a hint of vanilla and espresso it makes for the perfect winter treat for sipping while decorating the tree or watching your favorite holiday film.
Well we hope you have gotten some inspiration for some new winter coffee ideas to get you through the bleak winter months. If you have any favorite winter coffee recipes we would love to hear from you in the comments below!