Christmas Coffee Drinks: 22 Ideas & Recipes For Xmas Morning

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. On Christmas morning you want to start your day right, but you might be struggling for Christmas coffee drink inspiration. Don't worry, because, in this guide, we'll introduce the best Christmas coffees for you to try this holiday season.   

1. Gingerbread Coffee 

Gingerbread is one of the key flavors of Christmas and a great place to start on our list. This rich, sugary, and slightly spicy coffee is the perfect way to get a Christmassy energy boost at any time of the day. It’s made by mixing coffee, milk (we’d recommend almond milk for the slightly nutty taste), honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and a pinch of cloves. Blend it all up together to get a beautiful mix of flavors that smell and taste incredible.  

There is a sweetness to this Christmas coffee, but it's definitely not the worst drink for you. There are about 25 grams of sugar and 150 calories in a serving, with 80-100mg of caffeine from the coffee. If you love gingerbread, then you’ll love the Christmas gingerbread coffee.  

Christmas Coffee Drinks: 22 Ideas & Recipes For Xmas Morning

2. Nutella Coffee 

The mixture of chocolate and nuts in Nutella makes this a perfect addition to coffee, and a great Christmas drink. It’s quite rich and offers a flavor that’s slightly similar to a mocha made with almond milk. The espresso base isn't suitable for young kids, but you can always replace that with hot chocolate, and I'm sure they'll love it.  

To create your own Nutella coffee, you'll need to mix coffee, milk, sugar, and Nutella in a pan, and stir it all together until it's smooth. Pour it into a glass and top with whipped cream and a slight drizzle of chocolate sauce for maximum enjoyment. This rich Christmas drink has about 70 grams of sugar and 250 calories in a serving, with 80mg of caffeine from the coffee.   

Nutella Coffee

3. Sugar Cookie Coffee 

What’s more Christmassy than a sugar cookie coffee? This Christmas coffee drink has all the sugary deliciousness of Christmas mixed with the energy boost of caffeine to give you a sweet pick-me-up. It's been created to make you smile, and with a sugar cookie coffee in your hand, you're definitely going to enjoy Christmas even more.  

To make a sugar cookie coffee, you’ll need to mix a fresh espresso, melted white chocolate chips, milk, vanilla syrup, and almond extract. Top it with whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon for some spice. There are about 60 grams of sugar and 220 calories in a serving, with 80-100mg of caffeine from the espresso.  

Sugar Cookie Coffee

4. Peppermint Marshmallow Latte 

When you think of Christmas, you might get the image of marshmallows roasting on an open fire. This drink has all that marshmallow flavor but with added peppermint to make it even more of a Christmas coffee. If you love minty sweetness, you'll love this drink, and it’s like drinking a warm hug.  

To make a peppermint marshmallow latte, you'll need to mix milk, marshmallows, and peppermint extract in a hot pan until the marshmallows are fully melted. Then, add this to a fresh espresso and stir in some extra sugar before topping with whipped cream, a candy cane, and sprinkles. There are about 300 calories and 70 grams of sugar in a peppermint marshmallow latte, with about 100mg of caffeine from the coffee. This isn't an everyday drink, but it's a lovely way to warm up at Christmas.  

Peppermint Marshmallow Latte

5. Keto Cinnamon Toast Butter Coffee  

The keto diet is increasingly popular, so we felt like we had to include at least one sugar free Christmas drink. It’s made with butter coffee instead of milk, with the butter giving it a rich and creamy taste and removing the need for milk or sugar. It's a high fat but low carb option, and it’s perfect for those on a strict diet.  

To make your cinnamon toast butter coffee, you'll need to mix sugar free cinnamon syrup, cinnamon butter, and black coffee together. If you can't find cinnamon butter in the store, you can mix it up yourself using ground cinnamon and butter, and it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. You can also add some sugar free whipped cream to top it off if you want some more richness. This creamy Christmas drink has no sugar, but about 175 calories in a serving, with about 120mg of caffeine from the strong black coffee.  

Keto Cinnamon Toast Butter Coffee

6. Ginger Praline Coffee Float 

The ginger praline coffee float is more like a dessert than a drink and is a variation on the Italian affogato. Ice cream is introduced to give it a rich creaminess, and the nutty but spicy flavors of the ginger and praline make it really Christmassy. This is the ultimate coffee drink to follow a big Christmas dinner.  

To make it, you’ll need to get 2 scoops of praline and cream ice cream and put it in a glass. Add 4 ginger snaps, and then pour in a cup of strong coffee. Use a spoon to eat, or mix it up until it melts, and enjoy it as a drink. There are about 50 grams of sugar in a serving, with 220 calories and 100mg of caffeine from the coffee.  

7. Peppermint Mocha  

Peppermint hot chocolates have been around for a while and are especially popular around Christmas. If you love the flavors but miss the caffeine, this peppermint mocha is perfect. It combines coffee, mint, and chocolate in one mug and is really comforting on a cold winter night.  

You can order a peppermint mocha from stores like Starbucks, but you can also make it yourself at home. You’ll need to mix milk, cocoa powder, and sugar in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Then, stir in a fresh espresso, some mint extract, and some vanilla syrup. Add in a candy cane and keep stirring until it's fully dissolved. Pour it into a mug and top with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings. A single serving of a peppermint mocha has 65 grams of sugar, about 300 calories, and 85mg of caffeine from the coffee.  

Peppermint Mocha

8. Cashew Coffee 

This nutty Christmas drink brings out the flavor of cashews in a really good way, giving you something a bit different from your regular brew. It’s completely vegan and suitable for paleo diets, so it should work for everyone. It combines the Christmas flavors of spice and nut in a really enjoyable way, and this is a popular option with older coffee drinkers.   

To make your cashew coffee, you'll need to add cashews, almond milk, black coffee, salt, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon into a blender. Blitz it for a minute or so until it's all combined, and you should be left with a thick, frothy mixture. With only 80 calories but 120mg of caffeine in a serving, this vegan Christmas coffee is a popular alternative and one you should definitely try this holiday season.   

Cashew Coffee

9. Cinnamon Roll Latte 

Cinnamon features heavily in Christmas food and drink, and this latte combines it with coffee to give you a strong holiday drink. Unlike many other Christmas coffees, this one isn’t too sugary, and you can still taste the coffee within it. Plus, it’s low calorie, so you can enjoy the flavors guilt-free on a Christmas morning.  

To make a cinnamon roll latte, you'll need to roast some ground cinnamon in a saucepan and add milk, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Add fresh coffee and then froth up the mixture until it looks like a latte. Pour into a glass, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon to enhance the flavor. There are about 20 grams of sugar and 120 calories in this Christmas drink and 100mg of caffeine from the espresso. This is a real Christmas treat for coffee lovers who appreciate some sweetness but still want to taste the espresso.  

Cinnamon Roll Latte

10. Chocolate Coffee 

Christmas is all about chocolate, and this list wouldn't be complete without a rich chocolate Christmas coffee. This drink is smooth and creamy, with a thick texture similar to a milkshake. The chocolate flavors complement the coffee well, but we'd recommend using a proper Italian espresso to maximize the taste.   

To make a Christmas chocolate coffee, you'll need to whisk cornflour, cocoa, and sugar in a pan and then pour in warm milk. Apply heat, and whisk it through before folding in chocolate chips. Keep whisking until everything has melted and it’s smooth and creamy. Finally, mix in a shot of espresso, and then pour it into a mug to enjoy. This Christmas coffee works really well with alcohol, so if you want to make it boozy, you should try adding in Baileys or rum. There are over 70 grams of sugar and 300 calories per serving, but it’s an amazing Christmas treat.  

Chocolate Coffee

11. Eggnog Latte 

Eggnog is the traditional Christmas drink made by mixing milk, eggs, sugar, and alcohol. The eggnog latte captures all of the same flavors, minus the alcohol, but with coffee added to the mix. This makes it slightly less sweet and gives you a noticeable energy boost to help you get through the day.  

To make your own eggnog latte, you'll need coffee, sugar, and eggnog. Warm the eggnog and pour it into the freshly brewed coffee. Mix in the sugar, and then top with whipped cream and sprinkle nutmeg over the top. There are about 180 calories and 85mg of caffeine in a single serving.  

Eggnog Latte

12. Butterscotch Coffee 

Who doesn't love the rich creaminess of butterscotch? This coffee combines those flavors with the boldness of espresso to give a sweet but balanced Christmas drink. It's really smooth and easy to drink, and it's a favorite with those who enjoy sweet, milky coffees.  

To make your own butterscotch coffee, you'll need to mix butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla syrup in a pan. Stir them together until the sugar is incorporated, and then pour on top of a fresh espresso. I like to add a bit of caramel sauce on the top for extra flavor, but you can also add sprinkles or cream if you like. There are around 60 grams of sugar and 250 calories in a serving, with 80mg of caffeine from the coffee.  

Butterscotch Coffee

13. Pumpkin Latte 

Pumpkin lattes were made famous by Starbucks, and they are the ultimate holiday coffee. The mixture of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg spices with a heavy dose of sugar makes this drink very Christmassy and very drinkable. It’s enjoyed by coffee lovers with a sweet tooth and one you can enjoy throughout Autumn and Winter.   

You can buy a Starbucks pumpkin latte, but it’s pretty simple to make your own at home too. Start by getting some pumpkin butter (you can pick this up from most local stores), and mix it with hot milk. Pour this over a fresh espresso, add sugar, and top with whipped cream and cinnamon dust. This latte smells and tastes incredible, but bear in mind that there are over 45 grams of sugar, 200 calories, and 100mg of caffeine in a serving.  

Pumpkin Latte

14. Apple Cider Latte 

This is an Autumn classic, but we love it around Christmas time because it combines the sweet and sharp flavors of apple. It's the perfect Christmas drink for tea lovers, and you can even make it caffeine-free if you use the right teabags.  

To make it, you'll need hot apple cider teabags, milk, honey, sugar, and water. Mix hot water with the teabags for 2-3 minutes, remove them and mix in the other ingredients. If you have one, you can use a milk frother to foam it up and give it the silky texture of a latte. I also love to add some ground cinnamon on top for some extra spice.  

This drink is all about the sweet and spicy holiday flavors and is one of the lower calorie Christmas drinks. There are about 20 grams of sugar and 90 calories in a serving, with around 40mg of caffeine. Despite the name, there's no alcohol in this, so you can drink it morning, noon, or night.  

Apple Cider Latte

15. Salted Caramel Latte 

Caramel is another Christmas favorite, and this salted caramel latte is so rich and sugary that you have to try it. You will be able to get this from most coffee shops, but you can also make it yourself at a fraction of the cost. You'll just need to make a strong coffee (preferably an Americano), add milk, 2 tablespoons of salted caramel sauce, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and then top with whipped cream. I like to drizzle a bit of extra caramel sauce on top, too, to make it extra caramelicious.  

This is a sweet one, and there are about 60 grams of sugar and 200 calories in a serving, with 80-120mg of caffeine. It’s like comfort in a glass, and it’s a perfect way to warm up on a cold Christmas evening.  

Salted Caramel Latte

16. Almond Milk Chai-Tea Latte 

If you fancy something a bit different, you should try the almond milk chai-tea latte, which has the Christmas spices from the chai mixed with sugar and tea. It isn’t technically a coffee, but the black tea used to make it will give you a slight energy boost.  

To make an almond milk chai-tea latte, you'll need to brew black tea and add almond milk, honey, and maple syrup. Use a blender to combine cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cardamom, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground star anise. Then, pour in the tea mixture and blend until it becomes frothy and evenly spiced. There are about 150 calories and 30 grams of sugar in a serving, with 40-50mg of caffeine from the tea. This is the perfect dairy-free Christmas coffee for those who are lactose intolerant.  

Almond Milk Chai-Tea Latte

17. Cardamom latte 

Cardamom has a herbal taste with hints of mint, pepper, and citrus. It’s been shown to have some medicinal properties and provide some health benefits to those who have it regularly. It also gives this coffee drink a warm taste, and it’s the perfect Christmas drink for those who like herbal teas.   

To make it, you'll need an espresso, milk, honey, and ground cardamom. Mix it all together and use a frother for the milk if you have one. You should be able to smell the cardamom, but you can also add ground cinnamon if you like it a bit spicier. There are only around 20 grams of sugar and 100 calories in a serving, but this will go up if you choose to sweeten it with extra honey. There's also about 100mg of caffeine from the espresso, so it's the perfect way to kick off your Christmas morning.  

Cardamom latte

18. Vanilla Latte 

You could argue that this is a year-round drink, which it is, but if you're a black coffee lover, then this is a great Christmas alternative that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The flavors of vanilla blend with the coffee perfectly and give you a light but sweet Christmas coffee. It's a great morning drink to start Christmas day right.  

You can pick up a vanilla latte from pretty much any coffee shop or make one yourself. To make your own vanilla latte, you'll need freshly brewed coffee, milk, sugar, and vanilla syrup. Froth up the milk and mix everything until you've got a nice light brown color. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream on top if you’re feeling indulgent. There are around 150 calories in a serving and 80-100mg of caffeine from the coffee, so you should get a bit of an energy boost from it.  

Iced Vanilla Latte with Oat Milk

19. Candy Cane Latte 

Candy canes represent Christmas, and the candy cane latte looks and tastes the part. This sugary drink is a favorite with younger coffee drinkers and is almost sickly sweet. It’s made with an espresso (or latte mix base), mixed with hot water, milk, chocolate syrup, and peppermint syrup. You can then top it with whipped cream, sprinkles, and of course, a candy cane.  

This Christmas coffee has over 50 grams of sugar, and there are 200 calories in a serving. You can't really taste the coffee, but the espresso base will still give you around 85mg of caffeine. The mixture of sugar and caffeine should really wake you up and put a spring in your step on Christmas day.  

Candy Cane Latte

20. After Eight Coffee 

After Eight has always been the luxury after dinner chocolate, and we tend to see a lot more of them around Christmas time. The mint and coffee flavors blend wonderfully in this Christmas coffee, and it's a favorite with older drinkers once the kids have gone to bed.  

To make it yourself, you'll need to make a shot of espresso topped with frothed milk. Add in chocolate nougat and then garnish with an After Eight and some fresh mint. Despite being named after a chocolate, it's not too bad for you, and there are only around 100 calories in a serving. You'll also get a nice energy boost from the 100mg of caffeine in the coffee, which can help perk you up at the end of a long Christmas day.   

After Eight Coffee

21. Irish Coffee 

You might not think of an Irish coffee as particularly Christmassy, but what's more Christmassy than an alcoholic coffee! This mix of Irish whiskey and coffee is legendary, and on a cold Christmas evening, it's the perfect way to warm up and unwind in front of the fire.  

You can make an Irish coffee for yourself at home quite easily. You’ll just need to mix a shot of whiskey with a fresh Americano and sugar. Then put a thick layer of cream on top and a pinch of grated nutmeg to give it a little spice. There are about 15 grams of sugar, 130 calories, and 100mg of caffeine in a serving, but also remember there are at least 2 units of alcohol in there, so it isn't going to be suitable for younger coffee drinkers.  

Classic Irish Coffee

22. Peppermint Schnapps Coffee 

Peppermint is a strong Christmas flavor that we all associate with candy canes in stockings. This boozy Christmas coffee is one of the most enjoyable to drink, and it has a very sweet but adult taste. It's indulgent, chocolatey, and boozy- everything Christmas should be.  

To make it at home, you'll need to mix a cup of fresh coffee with milk, peppermint schnapps, almond milk liqueur, and dark chocolate chips. Top it with whipped cream and sprinkles for extra fun. There are around 65 grams of sugar and 250 calories in a serving, so it isn't a healthy option, but who wants healthy at Christmas. There's also around 100mg of caffeine from the coffee and 2-4 units of alcohol, depending on your measures.  

Peppermint Schnapps Coffee

How To Make Christmas Coffee Drinks At Home? 

Use The Right Coffee 

Coffee will be the base of your Christmas drink, so it's important that you use something that's got a bit of quality. Instant coffee will work in some Christmas coffees, but espressos have a bolder flavor that will combine more effectively with the other ingredients. Always use espresso coffee in your Christmas drinks if you can.  

Get The Right Ingredients 

There's a wide variety of Christmas coffees, so you may need to go out and get some new ingredients. Flavored syrups (particularly peppermint, vanilla, and caramel), sugars, sprinkles, and whipped cream are all commonly used in Christmas drinks, so it’s worth stocking up ahead of the holidays.  

Spice It Up 

Signature Christmas flavors all combine sugar with a touch of spice. Spiced apple, cinnamon, and cardamon all work really well in a Christmas coffee, so don’t be afraid to get adventurous and mix things up.  

Make It Boozy 

Alcohol isn’t for everyone, but it does work really well in Christmas drinks. Using flavored liquor can enhance your Christmas coffee, and it's worth looking for some boozy options. Baileys, whiskey, gin, and rum are often used, but you can also find a range of flavored liqueurs. Just remember to always drink responsibly and keep boozy Christmas coffees away from underage people.   


Frequently Asked Christmas Coffee Drinks Questions 

What is the most popular Christmas coffee? 

Cinnamon or peppermint lattes tend to be the most popular Christmas coffee, but salted caramel Christmas drinks are also very popular.  

What does Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee taste like? 

Starbucks' Christmas blend is sweet and spicy, with hints of chocolate running through it.  

What is the difference between Starbucks Holiday Blend and Christmas Blend? 

The Starbucks Christmas blend coffee is made with dark roast, spicy and sweet South American coffee beans, whereas the Starbucks Holiday blend is made with medium roast Indonesian beans, which give it a more herbal flavor. The taste is noticeably different and offers a different flavor profile to the Starbucks coffees.   

What kind of Christmas coffee drink is with alcohol? 

Liqueur coffees are popular at Christmas, and Irish coffees, Bailey's coffees, and peppermint schnapps drinks are some of the most commonly ordered options.   


Conclusion

Christmas is a special time of the year, and your Christmas coffee should reflect that. You don't need to go out to get interesting coffees, and there are a lot of simple but tasty Christmas coffees you can make yourself at home. Hopefully, this guide has introduced a few great Christmas coffees which you’re excited to try during the holidays.