Tired and bored of plain old coffee day after day? Looking for some creamy, decadent, and innovative ways to spice up your brew at all times of the day? You’ve come to the right place!
I’ve gathered 15 tasty and easy winter coffee drinks with recipes that will add an extra kick of originality into your cup of coffee. Forget about the classic daily brew, here are some winter coffee flavors that might become your favorites!
I’ll be honest with you. I love a powerful and fragrant espresso, but now and again I feel like I need to experiment a little and give the whole process of drinking coffee a whole new meaning. I love iced coffee in the summer as much as I love sweet and spiced seasonal coffee flavors.
Personally, I don’t like Starbucks; their coffee is too sweet and there are way too many syrups and flavors in every cup they make. But I like to experiment and I am strongly convinced that certain spices are coffee’s best friend.
So, I’m dedicating today’s post to winter coffee drinks and their incredible variations, all from creamy lattes to plain yet flavorful Mexican-style brew.
How do you make spiced coffee?
There is plenty of room for experiments, but in short, some of the most popular spices for this winter coffee drinks are
- Star anise
It’s fairly easy to spice up your regular cup of coffee; combine it with a spice of your choice and add it to your coffeemaker. It works with a French press, Moka pot, drip coffeemaker, Turkish/cowboy style methods, Chemex, and pour-over method. However, the blend may clog the filter basket of an espresso machine, so I don’t recommend using spices for this specific coffeemaker. Other brewing methods are better.
The best way to prepare the mix is to combine coffee beans with spices, grind them in the burr grinder, and use it right away. Additionally, you can also spice up the milk and add an extra boost!
Winter Latte Drinks
I know, I know. There are two kinds of people; those who want to turn every drink into a latte and those who stick to their espresso. To be honest, I’m a little bit of both. I love my espresso, but a cold winter night easily turns me into a latte lover; especially when it comes to spices or a bit of alcohol for an extra boost!
Below, I’ve gathered my favorite and tasty winter coffee drinks that you can easily make in no time and make each sip count!
This may be a holiday coffee recipe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find an excuse to make it on any given cold winter evening. It’s a perfect replacement for Starbucks eggnog latte, but more affordable and can be easily made without the espresso machine! The recipe is very simple but it makes one of the most delicious warm winter coffee drinks easily!
A delicious treat for a winter evening, this recipe is easy to make and it combines fragrant cinnamon with caramel sauce, and some schnapps to help you warm up cold toes and fingers. You can easily make an alcohol-free version as well, but whipped cream is a must!
With only a few ingredients you can make this coffeehouse-style brulee latte and impress your friends on a lazy Saturday evening. You only need 5 ingredients and whip it up in a matter of minutes.
You’ll need the spices to make the gingerbread latte. It’s one of my favorite winter coffee drinks and it can easily be made in the slow cooker, even though the waiting time can be a nuisance. Still, there’s nothing better than the intoxicating spicy and sweet smell of this delicious coffee drink!
This recipe comes from an ex-Starbucks employee so I decided to completely trust her judgment when making this recipe. And I was right! It’s beautifully balanced, made with 4 ingredients and incredibly decadent. Yes, white chocolate mocha should be on your list of coffee drinks to try if you love your lattes!
Winter Coffee Drinks
Unlike the lattes, I’ve gathered some more interesting coffee drinks in this category. Spices, a bit of booze, and a touch of extraordinary describe the following recipes best, but I promise you, they’re easy to make and worth taking your time for!
It may be a regular cup of coffee, but it’s not. Yes, the heavy cream might be optional, but it’s not. The intoxicating aroma comes from a few exotic spices (star anise is the key!) that will surely impress the more curious among you. Kahlua may be optional, but I’d suggest you don’t omit it.
Do you have any Mexican coffee lying around? Well, maybe you should! The recipe is very easy but it does require two crucial ingredients that will make this recipe taste like the real thing: Mexican coffee and piloncillo (unrefined Mexican sugar). Some even some orange peel to the pot to give the coffee an extra kick of flavor!
And of course, there’s no way this list would be complete without one of the most classic winter coffee drinks. Head over to the official website of Jameson whiskey for the real recipe and don’t be fooled; this is not a recipe for the faint of heart. And don’t forget the nutmeg!
Take schnapps, mix it with coffee, and add some crème de cacao. This one is a festive holiday drink, but that’s up to you if you choose to believe so or not. It’s not one of my favorites because, well…the peppermint, but it’s definitely one you should give it a try. Top it with fresh mint leaves to impress your guests even more!
Salt. Hot black coffee. Rum. That’s it. With a few extra additions, you can make this spiced rum coffee in no time; it’s a great alternative for those of you who are not crazy about the Irish coffee. It’s sweeter, less bold but still bitter.
Cold winter coffee drinks
Now, after the lattes and the alcohol, there is another range of ideas on how to make delicious winter coffee drinks, only this time it’s all cold-brew. Enjoy the following recipes!
Well, who said that all things pumpkin should only be enjoyed hot? This frappe is something I love to make all year round. Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean I like my coffee hot all season long. It’s easy to make and you can top it with caramel syrup or nothing, whatever your heart desires.
If you love coconut, chocolate, and almond, you’ll love this drink as well. Chocolate and nutty, this iced coffee is bursting with rich flavor you’ll find difficult to refuse. You could easily turn it into a hot coffee recipe as well!
Creamy coconut milk and toasted coconut flakes, mixed with chocolate syrup is something you’ll love if you’re a coconut lover. Indulgent, decadent, flavorful, coco–nutty, and everything else you could wish for in a Frappuccino. Also, it’s a healthier and more natural version from the one in Starbucks!
Here’s a thought: take peanut butter puffs, Nutella, and soft peanut butter, combine it with coffee and make a delicious drink to spoil you no matter the time of the day. The best thing about it is that you can easily make this coffee in the vegan version as well!
Okay, I can’t deny; this recipe is holiday inspired. Still, I’m strongly convinced I can enjoy a cup of spiced coffee outside of the holiday season as well! Besides, it’s easy to make and great for those days when you’re looking for a cold brew with a kick of spiced!
I love Spiced Rum Coffee! What is your favorite recipe?