Be Your Own Barista

From iced java frappés to liqueur-spiked coffee, make these coffeehouse favorites in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost.

  • Chocolate Cappuccino
    Photo: Douglas Merriam

    Chocolate Cappuccino

    Skip the line at the coffee house and make this warm-up coffee drink all year round. The optional chocolate shavings make for a festive and fun presentation.

  • White Chocolate Latte

    White Chocolate Latte

    The combination of milk, half-and-half, and melted white chocolate gives rich flavor and smooth texture to this hot beverage. A topping of whipped cream is an indulgent plus for many coffee drink recipes.
  • Cinnamon-Orange Coffee
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Cinnamon-Orange Coffee

    Make this citrus-flavored coffee from a mix of ground coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, and grated orange peel. Keep the mix on hand for a quick treat, or package it in jars and give as gifts. To make the coffee a little more "spirited," you can add a splash of homemade coffee liqueur.
  • Eggnog-Coffee Punch

    Eggnog-Coffee Punch

    Coffee punch is a holiday specialty served throughout the south for brunch or a holiday open house. This one is extra rich and creamy because it has eggnog in addition to two types of ice cream. One online reviewer states that it's a "perfect after-dinner dessert beverage."
  • Keoke Coffee
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Keoke Coffee

    This cozy drink falls into the cocktail category with brandy, Kahlua, and crème de cacao stirred into the coffee. It's perfect for a light dessert or after-dinner beverage.
  • Hazelnut Dessert Coffee
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Leigh Ann Ross

    Hazelnut Dessert Coffee

    Round out your holiday meal with a steaming cup of hazelnut-flavored coffee topped with a dollop of creamy topping.
  • Layered Mocha
    Iain Bagwell

    Layered Mocha

    Impress your guests by serving this beverage in clear glass mugs so they can see the layers of homemade hot chocolate, brewed espresso, and cold cream.
  • Mocha-Spiced Coffee
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Mocha-Spiced Coffee

    This sweet drink uses chocolate syrup and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to enhance the robust flavors of fresh brewed coffee.
  • Spiced After-Dinner Coffee

    Spiced After-Dinner Coffee

    Cloves and cinnamon steep with dark roasted coffee and sugar for a special warm finale to any holiday dinner party. Amaretto liqueur is stirred in at the finish for guests in the mood for a little holiday cheer.
  • Praline Coffee

    Praline Coffee

    Pralines and cream make a Southern style coffee that adds a sweet finish to any festive celebration. To keep it simple, the praline flavor comes from praline liqueur and the coffee is sweetened with brown sugar.
  • Best Friends Iced Coffee Frappe

    Best Friends Iced Coffee Frappe

    Instant coffee, chocolate syrup, and a little sugar make the base for one wicked coffee drink. Make it up ahead of time and add ice cream and a splash of ginger ale just before serving at girls-only gatherings.
  • Mocha Frappé
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Mocha Frappé

    Freeze strong brewed coffee in ice cube trays so it's always at the ready to blend up into this light mocha frappé. Made with two percent milk, guests will feel positively indulgent without really going overboard.
  • Café Brûlot
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Café Brûlot

    Louisiana pirate Jean Lafitte is credited with this rich coffee brew spiked with cinnamon, cloves, citrus rind, brandy, and orange liqueur. Igniting the liqueur helps "cook" in the citrus flavor and makes for a showy holiday tableside drink.
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