This recipe is affectionately called Santa’s Christmas Coffee. It’s a recipe that you can make at home and tastes like Christmas in a cup!
Sip on this while you nibble a Christmas Sugar Cookie, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the North Pole!
What Is Christmas Coffee?
Christmas coffee is regular coffee plus spices and brown sugar. This recipe uses ground coffee plus:
- Brown sugar
These spices give the coffee a Chrismassy flavor, full of warm spice and sugar. It’s not overpowering but definitely festive.
How to Make Christmas Coffee
It’s SUPER easy to make. You simply brew your regular coffee and the cloves, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
You can make Christmas coffee at home with any coffee you have on hand.
Save yourself a few dollars and a trip to Starbucks with this tasty alternative!
Here’s the full recipe:Print
This recipe is Christmas in a cup! It’s 4 simple ingredients: coffee, cloves, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
- 1 1/2 cups ground coffee
- 12 cups water
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Add all ingredients to your coffee brewer, stirring them together. Brew your coffee according to your coffee maker’s instructions.
- Top your coffee with optional whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles!
*Updated 12/11 to reduce the amount of cloves by half due to reader feedback 🙂 If you love cloves you can still double the amount of cloves to 1/2 teaspoon!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: American
Christmas Coffee Drinks with Alcohol
If you’re looking for a boozy version of this drink, you can spike it with Bailey’s or Khalua. Simply add the alcohol after you’ve poured the coffee in your cup.
And for more drink ideas, check out: Essential Christmas Drinks, Made Even Better with Booze.
What Are Christmas Spices?
Part of what makes this coffee recipe so successful is that it uses the flavors of Christmas in its spice combination.
There’s certain spices that we associate with Christmas, and a couple of them are used in this recipe (cinnamon, cloves).
Some of the most popular Christmas spices include:
- Star anise
Generally, these spices all go well together and are used in many Christmas recipes. If you have a preference for one spice or another, you could make your own version of this recipe! For example, add a little ginger for even more depth of flavor.
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s simple to make and simple to adjust to your own preferences. Change it up if you like or experiment to mimic your favorite latte at the coffee shop.