Here’s How You Can Make Your Favourite Festive Coffees From Home

Get that winter caffeine fix in the comfort of your own home

Being in stage 5 of lockdown restrictions sadly means that for many of us, our favourite coffee shops are not within our 5k limit.

While we can make do with whipping up a standard hot drink at home, or nipping to our local corner shop to pick up a fresh brew, just for some excitement, it still doesn’t make up for missing out on all of the delish drinks available from coffee chains this festive season.

This year coffee shops are changing up their festive menus, giving us plenty of new merry drink flavours to sip on, such as eggnog, but we can expect some old favourite flavours from shops like Starbucks and Costa such as gingerbread and toffee.

Luckily for us, until we can get out to our beloved coffee spots, the experts at Coffee Direct have shared how to can recreate our favourite drinks at home. Here are two of our favourites, the toffee nut latte and the gingerbread latte.

Gingerbread Latte


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  • 4 shots espresso (we suggest Golden Crema, but if you don’t like espresso, substitute this for 175ml of strong brew coffee)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 500ml milk
  • Whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings and mini gingerbread men to serve


  •     In a glass measuring cup, combine the spices, sugar and vanilla extract.
  •  On the stovetop, heat 100ml of the milk. Whisk in the spice/sugar mix to the milk until the sugar has dissolved. Add in the remaining milk and heat through, until the milk is steaming hot.
  •    Pour 2 shots of espresso in each glass, then pour in the spiced milk.
  •   Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a mini gingerbread man to complete the festive look. Serve immediately.

Toffee Nut Latte


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  • 60ml Toffee Nut Syrup
  • 4 shots of espresso  (we suggest Monsoon Malabar)
  • Steamed Milk
  • Caramel chunks


  • Fill each coffee mug with 30ml of Toffee Nut Syrup. (Be sure to pour the syrup in first because when you pour in the hot espresso and milk, all of the flavour will blend and there will be no need to stir.)
  • Add 2 shots of espresso to each coffee mug, which already has the Toffee Nut Syrup in it.
  • Fill the rest of each coffee mug with steamed milk. Be sure not to over-steam, as there should only be a light foam on the top of a latte.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and caramel chunks.

And voila, you’re done! Oh, and make sure to get a snap for the gram before you start sipping – sorry, we don’t make the rules.