Indulge in the Festive Flavors of a Christmas Cappuccino!

Greetings coffee lovers! As a barista, I believe that every season requires its own signature coffee drink. With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to break out the ground cinnamon and start dreaming of a warm and cozy season full of cheer. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my personal favorite recipe for the perfect Christmas cappuccino.

This festive twist on a traditional cappuccino is sure to give you all the holiday feelings. Made with steamed milk and espresso, topped off with frothy milk foam, this cozy beverage is only enhanced by the sweet taste of eggnog and the warm spice of ground cinnamon. And if you’re feeling extra jolly, try adding in a shot of sambuca or advocaat egg liqueur for an adult cappuccino cocktail that packs a real punch.

Through this recipe, I hope to transport your taste buds to a winter wonderland filled with delightful aromas and flavors. So let’s put on some Christmas tunes, get our aprons on, and start brewing up the perfect Christmas cappuccino recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Christmas Cappuccino
Christmas Cappuccino

‘Tis the season for some delicious and festive drinks, and what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a Christmas Cappuccino? This warm and cozy drink combines the rich flavor of espresso, creamy steamed milk, and a dash of ground cinnamon to create a delicious and indulgent treat. But that’s not all – we’ll even show you how to make it into a cappuccino cocktail for those festive parties!

One reason you will love this recipe is its versatility. Whether you are in the mood for a traditional cappuccino or want to spice things up with a cappuccino cocktail, this recipe has got you covered. And those who have tried it before know that this Christmas Cappuccino is perfect for sipping by the fireplace or serving at holiday brunches.

But that’s not all! This recipe is also incredibly simple to make. With just a few ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can whip up a batch of these delicious drinks in no time. Plus, we’ve included substitutions and variations so you can adapt the recipe to your own taste preferences.

So why wait? Indulge in this festive treat today and add some extra holiday cheer to your routine!

Ingredient List

“Savor the holiday season with each sip of our Christmas Cappuccino.”

Here are the ingredients that you will need to create this Christmas Cappuccino recipe:

For the Espresso:

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Steamed Milk:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Christmas Cappuccino Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces hot, fresh espresso
  • 3 ounces eggnog
  • 1 ounce Sambuca Romana (optional)
  • Whipped cream for garnish

An important note to remember is that you can always adjust the proportions of each ingredient according to your preference. If you want a stronger or sweeter taste, feel free to add more or less of each element accordingly.

The Recipe How-To

“Get cozy by the fire with a cup of our festive cappuccino.”

Grind the Espresso Beans

First and foremost, when preparing a Christmas Cappuccino Recipe, grind fresh espresso beans as they are the heart of the cappuccino. The aroma and flavor of freshly ground coffee beans make a huge difference.

Make the Espresso Shot

The first step in making a cappuccino is to make an espresso shot, so put 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee into the espresso machine’s portafilter, tamp it down with your thumb, attach it to the machine and start pulling the shot. A standard cup of espresso is 1 ounce, while a double shot typically measures 2 ounces.

Steam the Milk

While pulling out your espresso shot, begin steaming your milk for that perfect microfoam. Pour milk in a clean stainless steel pitcher, insert the steaming wand just below milk level, then steam until the milk reaches between 140–160°F using a thermometer. Once you’ve reached that temperature turn off the steam wand.

Combine Espresso and Steamed Milk

Pour espresso in a mug or cup followed by adding steamed milk on top of it. Use about 1/4 cup of steamed milk to every shot of espresso added in.

Add Flavors

For this Christmas recipe – and some will say even better than Christmas cookies – add your favorite flavors like two tablespoons of eggnog or eggnog liqueur such Borden Eggnog plus some cinnamon. Other favorite seasonal ingredients would be gingerbread spice or nutmeg – any will pair delightfully with whipped cream.

Top With Whipped Cream

Finally, add whipped cream to make it festive or to cover up any mistake made while frothing milk (it happens even to experienced baristas), then enjoy your magnificent Christmas cappuccino!

Substitutions and Variations

“A coffee lover’s Christmas dream in a cup.”

The Christmas cappuccino recipe is a versatile drink that can be customized to one’s preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Flavored syrups: Instead of using ground cinnamon, you can add a splash of caramel, hazelnut, pumpkin spice or peppermint syrup to your cappuccino for a unique flavor twist.

– Non-dairy milk: If you are lactose intolerant, vegan or prefer a dairy-free option, you can use almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk or soy milk instead of cow’s milk. Keep in mind that some non-dairy milks may affect the consistency and flavor of your cappuccino.

– Boozy options: For an adult version of the Christmas cappuccino cocktail, you can add 1-2 ounce(s) of your preferred liquor such as Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua or rum to the espresso steamed milk mixture. Alternatively, you can make a gingerbread latte by adding 1-2 ounces of gingerbread liqueur or schnapps.

– Sweeteners: If you prefer your cappuccino sweeter, you can add sugar, honey or maple syrup to taste. For a healthier alternative, you can use stevia, monk fruit or agave nectar instead.

– Toppings: To make your cappuccino even more festive and indulgent, you can top it with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, crushed candy canes or gingerbread crumbles. You can also serve it with Christmas cookies, biscotti or other holiday treats.

Remember that these substitutions and variations are just suggestions and you should feel free to experiment with different flavors and ingredients based on your taste preferences. Whether you choose to make a traditional cappuccino or a creative concoction, the key is to enjoy every sip of this cozy Christmas coffee recipe.

Serving and Pairing

“Indulge in the flavors of the holidays with our spiced cappuccino.”

The Christmas cappuccino cocktail is perfect for holiday gatherings and special occasions. It’s rich, creamy, and satisfying, with flavors that perfectly complement Christmas cookies and other festive treats. The warmth of the cinnamon, espresso, and steamed milk pairs beautifully with spicy gingerbread or creamy eggnog. For a truly indulgent experience, serve the cappuccino with some whipped cream on top, sprinkled with a bit of ground cinnamon.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, try swapping the liqueur in this recipe for coconut milk or another dairy-free creamer. This will give you a delicious and slightly nutty flavor that mixes perfectly with the sweetness of the cinnamon and sugar in the recipe.

For those who want to create a more sophisticated Christmas beverage, the Christmas cappuccino also pairs well with Baileys Irish Cream or other coffee-based liqueurs that bring out the depth of flavor in this recipe. Pair it with some festive snacks like cappuccino biscotti or cookies for an extra-special occasion.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this Christmas cappuccino recipe is sure to impress your guests and make your holiday celebration complete. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet night by the fire or celebrating with family and friends at a dinner party, this cocktail will be sure to delight all who partake in its rich, decadent flavors.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The perfect blend of espresso, frothy milk, and holiday spices.”

Being able to make Christmas cappuccino ahead of time can be a lifesaver when you’re hosting a holiday gathering. Fortunately, this recipe allows for some prepping in advance. To prepare the espresso and milk, follow the steps as outlined in the recipe how-to. Once everything is prepared, store them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

When it’s time to serve, reheat the milk in a small saucepan over low heat and whisk vigorously until frothy. You can also use a frother to reheat the milk and create more foam. Reheat the espresso by placing it in a microwave-safe mug and heating on high for 30 seconds or until hot.

To assemble the cappuccino, add the hot espresso to a large serving cup or mug followed by steamed milk. Spoon any remaining milk foam over the top and finish it off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or any other toppings of your choice.

If you have any leftovers, they can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 2 days. However, keep in mind that reheating may not yield the same results as fresh preparation as coffee tends to lose its aroma and flavors over time.

So go ahead and impress your guests by serving them warm Christmas cappuccino made with love and care even ahead of time!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Let the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg fill your senses with each sip.”

Now that you have read the recipe and know how to make a delicious Christmas cappuccino, let me share some tips to help you achieve perfect results every time.

1. Use Fresh Ingredients: For the best taste, use fresh and high-quality ingredients as this affects the flavor of your cappuccino. Start with freshly ground coffee beans or instant coffee granules, fresh eggnog, and whipped cream.

2. Experiment with Substitutions: While this recipe is delicious as written, feel free to experiment with different flavors and substitutions. For example, for a dairy-free alternative, you can use coconut milk instead of regular milk. Or try subbing in flavored syrups like peppermint or gingerbread instead of cinnamon.

3. Froth Milk Correctly: A cappuccino is defined by its frothy milk texture, which can be difficult to master. To get the perfect foam consistency, always start with cold milk in a cold metal pitcher and steam it at a steady pace. Remember not to overheat the milk as it can cause it to scorch or taste burnt.

4. Use Correct Measurements: The ratios of espresso to steamed milk to milk foam are crucial in creating the perfect cappuccino. Stick to the recipe directions when measuring each ingredient to ensure you get the right balance of flavors and textures.

5. Watch Your Timing: Timing is crucial when making a cappuccino – too long on steaming or too short on brewing could affect your drink’s taste and quality. So, make sure your hot espresso and steamed milk are ready at the same time for foolproof timing and efficiency.

6. Don’t Overdo It: Resist the temptation to add too much cinnamon, eggnog or whipped cream as it can overpower the taste of your cappuccino. Balance is key!

7. Get Creative with Garnishes: There are endless fun ways to decorate and garnish your cappuccino, so don’t be afraid to get creative! You can use chocolate, cookie crumbs, or a cinnamon stick for a bit of flair.

With these tips, you are now ready to master the art of making a delicious Christmas cappuccino every time. Remember to experiment with flavors and ratios, and always practice good timing and balance for best results!


Before we conclude, let’s address some of the frequently asked questions about this Christmas cappuccino recipe. From how to froth the milk perfectly to whether it can be made dairy-free, I’ve got you covered with these answers. So keep reading to ensure that your experience in making this delicious Christmas cappuccino is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

How is a traditional cappuccino made?

When it comes to making a cappuccino, the traditional recipe requires equal amounts of espresso, steamed milk, and foam. However, you can add some variety to this classic by experimenting with flavored syrups or different types of milk, such as vanilla or chocolate.

What’s the difference between a cappuccino and a latte?

Different types of coffee have varying proportions of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. A cappuccino typically has an equal distribution of these ingredients, while a latte has more steamed milk and less foam. Additionally, the layers in a cappuccino are very distinct, but in a latte, the espresso and steamed milk are mixed together.

What can I add to my cappuccino to make it taste better?

Enhance the flavor of your classic latte, cappuccino, or tea by adding a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg. These warm and nutty spices are commonly used in baking and sprinkled on whipped cream to elevate the taste of drinks. Give your taste buds a treat by either grating fresh nutmeg at home or using the powdered version that can be easily stored in your kitchen cabinet.

What is the ratio for a cappuccino?

Originating in Italy, a cappuccino is a kind of coffee made with espresso, steamed milk and milk foam, where the three components are used in equal proportion.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Christmas Cappuccino recipe is a must-try for coffee lovers who are looking for a new and exciting way to celebrate the holiday season. Make sure to follow the recipe closely to achieve the best results, and feel free to tweak it to suit your personal taste preferences.

Whether you’re enjoying the traditional cappuccino or trying out the festive Christmas cappuccino cocktail, this recipe is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of effort, you can create a delicious and memorable coffee experience.

So set aside some time this holiday season to make a cup of Christmas cappuccino and enjoy it with family and friends. Or treat yourself to it as an indulgent morning pick-me-up. Whatever way you choose to savor it, this recipe is sure to be a hit!

Christmas Cappuccino

Christmas Cappuccino Recipe

For your espresso maker. Serve in a coffee glass so you can see the layers.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Italian
Calories 97.3 kcal


  • 3/4 ounce sambuca romana
  • 3/4 ounce advocaat
  • 2 1/2 ounces steamed eggnog
  • 1 1/2 ounces espresso
  • ground cinnamon


  • Add the sambuca and advocaat to a preheated coffee glass.
  • Slowly add steamed eggnog and then add the espresso to the glass.
  • Top with eggnog foam; sprinkle with cinnamon, and stir the drink.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 114gCalories: 97.3kcalCarbohydrates: 9.7gProtein: 2.8gFat: 5.4gSaturated Fat: 3.2gCholesterol: 42.1mgSodium: 44.5mgSugar: 6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Christmas, Easy
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