30 Days of Christmas Coffees – Day 30
Cinna-Claus Churro Cheer Latte: A Grand Finale for 30 Days of Christmas Coffee
Welcome to the grand finale of spillinthebeans.com’s 30 Days of Christmas Coffee series!
As we bid adieu to this delightful holiday-inspired caffeinated journey, we’ve saved the easiest for last – the enchanting Cinna-Claus Churro Cheer Latte. Join us in savoring the festive flavors that dance in every sip and celebrate the magic of the season with this cinnamon-sugar masterpiece.
What’s In a Name?
Cinna-Claus combines the warmth of cinnamon with the festive spirit of Santa Claus, setting the stage for a holiday-inspired latte that’s both merry and indulgent. This latte, a delightful twist on the classic churro, is a celebration in a cup.
For those unfamiliar with churros, imagine a crispy, golden pastry, fried to perfection and coated in a magical mixture of sugar and cinnamon. These treats hail from Spain but are embraced worldwide, especially during festive celebrations. The Cinna-Claus Churro Cheer Latte draws inspiration from these beloved churros, bringing their comforting essence to your coffee cup.
Gather up your ingredients
– 1/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
– 2 shots of espresso (or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee if espresso is not available)
– 1 cup milk (whole or your choice)
– 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup milk
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The Dance of Flavors
Why do churro flavors work so well in a Christmas latte? Let’s break it down:
Cinnamon Symphony – The heart of churros lies in the enchanting dance of cinnamon and sugar – flavors that also combine well with the deep rich flavors of espresso.
Creamy Elegance – Sweetened condensed milk, a classic companion to churros, lends a velvety creaminess to this latte. It adds a touch of indulgence, reminiscent of drizzling condensed milk over a fresh churro, creating a luxurious texture that delights the palate.
Vanilla Whispers – The vanilla extract adds a subtle yet essential note, complementing the cinnamon and sweetened condensed milk.
Foamy Finale – What’s a latte without a crown of milk foam? In the Cinna-Claus Churro Cheer Latte, the foam is not just a topping – it’s the grand finale. Sprinkled with the reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture, it mirrors the light, airy interior of a perfectly crafted churro.
Cinna-Claus Churro Cheer Christmas Coffee
- 1 espresso maker (or other way to make espresso or very strong coffee)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger – optional
- 2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1 1/2 cup milk (dairy or nut) – divided
- 2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a small, shallow bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger (if you're using it)
- Optional step: wet the rims of 2 latte glasses with water or a bit of honey and then dip the rims into the sugar mixture
- Heat 1 cup of the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming (but not boilig)
- Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract, and stir well
- Prepare 2 shots of espresso (or strong coffee) and divide between the 2 latte glasses
- Add the hot milk mixture to each cup and stir well
- In the same saucepan, heat the remaining 1/2 cup of milk to steaming
- Froth the milk with a milk frother (or whisk if you don't have one)
- Add the milk froth to the coffees – using a spoon to hold back the froth, allowing any liquid to be added first, and then spoon the foam on top
- Sprinkle the top with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture
It’s a Wrap!
We’ve had a blast coming up with amazing Christmas coffee recipes that’ll keep you caffeinated and comforted through the holiday season. If you haven’t checked out the other recipes, visit the 30 Days of Christmas Coffees page. We’ve got espresso cocktails, Christmas milkshakes, lattes, and all kinds of festive twists and original combinations.
Cheers to Christmas coffees and the joy of the holiday season! 🎄☕🌟
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