Can You Put Coffee in Eggnog? (A Surprising Twist!)

Yes, you can definitely mix coffee and eggnog to make a delicious eggnog coffee, or use eggnog as a coffee creamer.

Just as flavored lattes are ideal for the fall, eggnog coffee is ideal for the winter because it tastes really deliciously warm!

If you’re wondering, eggnog is a spiced and sweetened beverage made with eggs and cream with vanilla and nutmeg. This sweet and luscious drink can be easily prepared at home or there are ready-made ones that can be bought.

Let’s continue reading to learn more about eggnog coffee and how to prepare it at home.

What is eggnog coffee?

A cup of eggnog coffee with cream and cinnamon on top.

Eggnog coffee is regular coffee prepared using eggnog creamer. Eggnog is a mixture of cream, beaten egg yolks, spices like vanilla, and nutmeg. It’s usually served chilled and at times spiked with a little rum, brandy, or whiskey -but that’s the adult version.

Its flavor resembles that of melted ice cream that smoothly moves down your throat as you sip on it.

Can you use eggnog as a coffee creamer?

Yes, you may use eggnog as a coffee creamer. You’ll adore the lusciously smooth texture and flavor it adds to your coffee.

It’s also a great way to use up any leftover holiday eggnog.

Simply add coffee and some nutmeg to the filter of your coffee maker’s brew basket and begin brewing. When the brewing is finished, simply add the eggnog adding a delicious flavor to your cup of joe.

How to make homemade eggnog coffee creamer

As I said earlier, you can use eggnog as a coffee creamer as it enhances the flavor of your cup.

Here’s a simple homemade eggnog cream recipe (without eggs!) that you’ll love to add to your cup of coffee using just 4 ingredients that you may already have at home :

Ingredients

  • sweetened condensed milk 14 oz can 
  • a mixture of half whole milk and half cream 2 cups
  • ground nutmeg 1 tsp 
  • dark rum or rum extract 1 tsp

Steps

  1. Once you’ve got all the ingredients ready, put them into a medium-sized bowl and mix well
  2. Put the mixture in a jar 
  3. Keep refrigerated and can be used up to 7 days

Yield: 20 servings

Is eggnog coffee beneficial for your health?

A woman on top of a scale with her feet bound by a tape measure.

Eggnog coffee is beneficial to your health! It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Other advantages of consuming eggnog coffee include:

  • Helps in lowering your cholesterol level
  • The milk in eggnog latte is packed with calcium, which is essential for strong teeth, bones, nails, and hair.
  • Because of the milk content, eggnog coffee also improves our eyesight.

However, overconsumption of eggnog coffee has negative effects. The most common is that it causes weight gain.

Those who are allergic to eggs or milk, particularly children, should avoid this drink.

What else can you add to your eggnog coffee?

Eggnog coffee is made out of two main ingredients: coffee and eggnog. So, what else can you put in it to make it even more delectable?

Cinnamon – While eggnog fans usually love the addition of cinnamon, it’s good to know that it can also boost the aroma and taste of your coffee.

Nutmeg – This adds a sweet, warm flavor to your cup plus it has antibacterial properties and is also high in antioxidants.

Vanilla – Add a dash of vanilla to your drink if you like it extra-sweet as it blends well with eggnog and coffee. Just be a little careful in adding it because it can be a bit overpowering especially if it’s fresh.

Is eggnog as coffee creamer bad for you?

Eggnog is a really yummy treat as it’s mainly made with milk, cream, eggs, and sugar. The ingredients aren’t inherently bad for you on their own, as long as they’re consumed in moderation. When all of them are mixed, however, the result is a recipe that’s high in fats, calories, and, of course, sugar.

There’s also a risk associated with eating raw eggs. Depending on the recipe, eggnog made with raw eggs may pose a risk of food poisoning.

But not all eggnogs are alike. To eliminate potential bacteria, heat raw eggs or use pasteurized liquid eggs for creating homemade eggnog. You can also use low-fat milk and go easy on the sugar.

If you prefer store-bought eggnog, check the label to check if it was made with pasteurized eggs.

Nondairy or vegan eggnog substitutes can also help you cut back on sugar. Vegan eggnog has less sugar, which lowers the calorie count. It also has a milder flavor, but it doesn’t make your eggnog coffee any less delicious.

If you’re a diehard fan of traditional eggnog, you don’t need to give it up altogether. The secret to enjoying your favorite treat is to have it in moderation. Though eggnog as a coffee creamer isn’t a healthy option, it’s not entirely harmful as long as you don’t overdo it.

Eggnog latte recipe

Eggnog lattes in white and red cups.

You don’t have to go to Starbucks to get a wonderful eggnog latte when you can make one at home. The thing is you need to have an espresso machine. But if you already have one, here’s a recipe you can follow to make this delicious drink.

Ingredients 

  • ⅔ cup eggnog
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1.5 oz brewed espresso
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg (optional)

Steps

  1. Brew a concentrated shot of espresso then pour it in your coffee mug and put it aside.
  2. Now take a steaming pitcher. 
  3. Add milk and eggnog into it and heat it between 65 to 70 °C (145 °F to 165 °F) using your steaming wand. 
  4. Pour the steamed milk and eggnog into your mug containing the espresso shot while using a spoon to hold back the foam. 
  5. Spoon foam over the top, and sprinkle nutmeg on top of the foam.

And it’s ready to serve!

Eggnog latte with instant coffee

If you don’t have an espresso machine at home, no need to fret because you can also make an eggnog latte with instant coffee by following this recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 4 oz boiling water
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup milk

Optional ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

Steps

  1. Mix instant coffee with boiling water and put aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine cinnamon, eggnog, vanilla, nutmeg and brown sugar.
  3. Heat the pan while stirring mixture for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Now pour your milk into a mason jar and heat it in the microwave.
  5. Put the lid on your mason jar with heated milk and shake to froth. 
  6. While stirring the mixture, pour the coffee slowly into the eggnog mixture. Top it with the foam from the mason jar.

And there you have it! A delicious cup of eggnog latte made with instant coffee.

If you’re curious to know the nutritional value of both eggnog latte recipes, you can check out this table.

Nutritional ContentEggnog latte using espressoEggnog latte using instant coffee
Calories 275201
Proteins9.2g10g
Carbohydrates27.2g20g
Fat14.7g0g
Cholesterol 106.4mg115mg
Sodium 130.9mg123mg

You can also watch the video below to see how to make an eggnog latte at home.

To sum it all up

Does eggnog go well with coffee? Absolutely!

As proven in this post, eggnog can also be used as a creamer for your coffee. If you want to experience a sweeter, heavier, seasonally-spiced, and holiday-appropriate coffee creamer, then go for it! 

If you like iced coffee, you can also add some eggnog to your drink, pour it into a shaker, and shake it to make an eggnog coffee milkshake.

However, if you’re watching your calorie intake, especially around the holidays, you may still add eggnog to your coffee as long as you make it with low-fat cream and reduce the sugar.

But you know what, you don’t have to wait until the holidays to enjoy eggnog coffee. You can still make eggnog on a regular day to add some flavor to your cup of joe. But, as I always say, don’t go overboard.

Marty Spargo

Caffeine aficionado and coffee student (if there's such a thing!). I've come to love coffee in recent years and share what I learn along the way on this website.

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