It’s all about the eggnog in this house. The girls weren’t too fond of the eggnog just, but they did enjoy the eggnog cookies. I made a batch to take to the preschool performance and they were so excited and proud to share homemade goodies with their classmates. When I was tasked with sharing a holiday beverage for this week’s Fall Fest, I knew it was going to feature eggnog. Since I’ve recently become coffee-crazed, I figured an eggnog latte was the natural progression. Everyone has an eggnog latte recipe, though, so I added some extra sweetness and spice to mine with a homemade, spiced-up, maple simple syrup. Yeahhhhhh. You can’t be grumpy when the scents of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are filling up your kitchen. So wake up with some Christmas cheer… the non-alcoholic kind, and make yourself some yummy simple syrup to keep on hand through the holiday season. Enjoy!
A simple syrup made with maple and spices instead of white sugar.
- 4 fluid ounces eggnog
- 4 fluid ounces whole milk
- 4 shots espresso
- 1 - 2 teaspoons spiced up maple syrup, or to taste
- freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
- 8 fluid ounces water
- 6 fluid ounces pure maple syrup
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 12 whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Combine the eggnog and milk in a small saucepan or in a mug and warm on the stovetop or steam using the steamer wand on your espresso machine.
- Fill mugs halfway up with the eggnog mixture, and top with brewed espresso.
- Add spiced up maple syrup to taste, recipe below. Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top if desired.
- Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Place over low heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and cook to thicken slightly, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 1 month.