Your Grown-Up Christmas COFFEE List

holiday cup of coffee with christmas decor

Your Grown-Up Christmas COFFEE List

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Also known as the time to do busy errands in preparation for the holidays. Plan your holiday menu and add Christmas drinks ala-Toffee Nut Latte or Peppermint Mocha Latte holiday drinks for everyone to enjoy!

To help you plan ahead, here are festive ingredients and drink recipes that scream the Christmas spirit! Think of it as a “Grown-Up Christmas Coffee List”, but these coffee recipes are still highly customizable as you can make it kid-friendly, or share as is with fellow grown-ups!

Your grocery checklist

To add Christmas elements to your classic drink, don’t forget to stock up on these ingredients:

  1. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, and Ginger

It doesn’t get much better than a sharp spice note on your coffee. Whether you use just one type of spice at a time or mix them as you would when making a gingerbread cookie, the aroma of these spices will surely embrace you like a warm Christmas hug. Historically, spices were used by infusing them into various dishes on special occasions. This is why spices have been a traditional staple that brings us all into the Holiday spirit. 

  1. Syrups and sauces! 

And lots of them. Break free from your routine classic cup of coffee and try new flavorful syrups and sauces for your drinks! It may be the start of something new for your palate. Some people try to make their own simple syrups at home. But for our coffee-lovers who want to gift themselves something new this Christmas, here is a wise suggestion for you: Check out this link for DaVinci Syrups and Sauces to complete your holiday drink. There are many available syrups and sauces for you to choose from.

Add a little bit of hazelnut syrup here, vanilla syrup there, drizzle with chocolate sauce on top – your usual macchiato becomes a great holiday drink, with whipped cream and chocolate sauce added liberally. No judgments! 

  1. Marshmallows, peppermint candy cane, and gingerbread cookie

Contrary to other beliefs, we believe these 3 flavors are not just for kids. 

How about some theatrics and holiday spirit in a mug? Have you tried putting marshmallows in your cup of coffee? If not yet, you should! Marshmallows are not exclusive to hot chocolate, after all. So add them little fluffy mallows and watch them melt in your drink. This omits the need for cream or sugar. 

If there were two Christmas food decorations that scream MERRY CHRISTMAS, we propose it be peppermint candy cane and gingerbread cookie. What a joy if you incorporate it into your Christmas morning cup of coffee. Use it as a garnish by sprinkling on top of whipped cream, or a more highlighted note by putting peppermint extract into your espresso shot.

  1. Whipped Cream & Milk foam

Whether it be a hot or cold beverage, whipped cream makes everything more indulgent.

Or if you’re not #TeamWhippedCream, maybe a milk foam is a good option for you. Sprinkle some more cocoa powder or ground cinnamon or rainbow sprinkles or any other spice you like to amp it up!

Whichever you choose, a liberal amount of aerated cream or milk is the best topping to celebrate the holidays! But wait! There’s another debate. Should you stir it? Or should you spoon it? Let us know!

  1. Nuts, Chocolate Chips & Rainbow Sprinkles

As mentioned above, amp up your beverage with a sprinkle of chopped and toasted nuts, or chocolate chips or even rainbow sprinkles. Sure, you can add whatever-nut syrup or chocolate sauce directly to your drink. But we assure you, it does get better with a little crunchy bits to add to the overall texture! And if you’re really into the celebration, why not put it all on top of whipped cream? It’s the holidays, you deserve everything!

Recipes to try

After reading the essential Christmas ingredients, you have now gathered enough ingredients and restocked your coffee nook supplies. Here are Christmas coffee recipes to try. 

  1. Toffee Nut + Caramel Cafe Latte

For a buttery sweet goodness topped with celebration-filled whipped cream and sprinkles, here’s a level up in your classic latte!

Ingredients (makes one 12oz cup):

  • Espresso 60 ml
  • Steamed Milk 260 ml 
  • DaVinci Gourmet Toffee Nut syrup 2-3 full pumps (30-45ml depending on how strong you prefer)
  • DaVinci Gourmet Caramel syrup 1 full pump (15ml)
  • Whipped cream
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Brew your espresso. Pump your toffee nut syrup and caramel syrup into your mug. Pour espresso. Add steamed milk. Top with whipped cream then sprinkle those pretty little rainbow sprinkles. 

  1. Cinnamon Cappuccino 

For the easiest holiday aroma for your favorite foamy coffee, here is a simple and effortless spiced cappuccino.

Ingredients (makes one 12oz cup):

  • Espresso 60ml
  • Steamed Frothed Milk 260ml
  • Cinnamon syrup 1 pump (15ml)
  • 1 Cinnamon bark or sprinkle of cinnamon powder

Brew your espresso. Steam milk then froth. Pump your cinnamon syrup into your mug. Pour espresso. Add steamed frothed milk. Garnish side of mug with 1 cinnamon bark or sprinkle of cinnamon powder on top of frothed milk.

  1. Cafe mocha with Vanilla Marshmallows

Think of hot chocolate, but with coffee. ????

Ingredients  (makes one 12oz cup):

  • Espresso 60ml
  • Steamed Milk 260ml
  • DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate sauce 1 full pump  (15ml)
  • Large marshmallows 2-3 big ones (or just put as many as you like!)
  • Cocoa powder 1 sprinkle only

Pump your chocolate syrup into your mug. Brew espresso. Steam milk. Pour espresso. Stir well until chocolate sauce is dissolved. Add steamed milk. Add your big marshmallows on top and sprinkle a bit of cocoa powder.

  1. Iced Salted Caramel with crushed peppermint candy cane or toasted nuts

Just like your favorite minty candy or nutty baked good, but in beverage form. 

Ingredients (makes one 12oz cup):

  • Espresso 45ml
  • Chilled Milk 160ml
  • DaVinci Gourmet Salted Caramel Sauce 2 full pumps 
  • Ice cup-filled
  • Whipped Cream
  • Spoonful of toasted and diced nuts (e.g. walnuts, pistachio, or almonds) 
  • Or a sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy cane

Brew espresso then pour in a steaming pitcher. Pump your salted caramel sauce into your pitcher. Stir well until dissolved. Pour chilled milk, then set aside. Fill the cup up to rim level. Pour mixture from pitcher to cup. Add whipped cream on top and sprinkle a bit of either crushed peppermint candy cane or diced toasted nuts!

  1. Dark Chocolate Frappe + Cocoa Powder + Chocolate chips

It doesn’t get much chocolatier than this. Perfect chocolate indulgence for a chocolate lover’s heart.

Ingredients (makes one 12oz cup):

  • Espresso 45ml
  • Chilled Milk 160ml
  • DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate Sauce 2 full pumps (30ml)
  • Ice cup-filled
  • Frappuccino powder 20g
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkle of cocoa powder
  • Sprinkle of Chocolate chips

Extract espresso. Blend espresso, chocolate sauce, milk, frappuccino powder, and ice. Blend nicely. Pour into the cup. Serve with whipped cream on top and sprinkle a bit of cocoa powder and chocolate chips for a bit of crunchy texture in your drink!

  1. Irish Coffee

Screams “Grown-up Coffee List.” Booze the day!

Ingredients (makes one cocktail):

  • Irish Whiskey 45ml
  • Maple Syrup 2 teaspoons
  • Espresso 178ml
  • Whipped cream

Pour whiskey and maple syrup (to taste) to a mug. Stir in a splash of coffee. Make sure maple syrup dissolves. Pour remaining coffee. Add more maple syrup if you like. Add whipped cream. Serve warm.

You’ve come this far! We hope to have helped you in planning your holiday drinks! If you experiment with these Christmas ingredients too, don’t hesitate to share with us your stories! Tag us on your Facebook and Instagram posts and have a great coffee-filled holidays ahead!