Holiday Coffee Cocktails with Nespresso


Tis the season, as they say. With all the up coming parties and family get togethers, I thought it would be fun to do a classic twist on the simple pleasure and ease of  Nespresso coffee as either a sweet delectable treat or seasonal cocktail to keep the party going. Whether it’s through holiday entertaining in good taste among family and friends or savoring a moment alone on the couch, these are great ways to be a stylish host without too much effort but maintaining the best quality. 

The new VertuoLine Evoluo Machine creates both a splendid cup of coffee or shot of espresso with Nespresso’s signature layer of naturally-formed crema. My friend Molly who is a food writer and stylist developed two holiday coffee cocktails based on these functions of our machine. Of course, it would be a great idea to gift an Evoluo for the holidays and break in the machine with a fun treat like these! 

Hot Mocha


1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 teaspoons sugar

1 shot Nespresso espresso

handful marshmallows, to serve

dusting of white sparkling sugar & edible silver stars

to spike (optional)- add a shot of whiskey or bourbon

Heat the milk, cocoa and sugar in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat until steaming. Whisk to combine. Make a shot of Nespresso espresso in a large mug. Pour hot chocolate mixture over the espresso and top with marshmallows. Serve immediately. *Makes 1  Holiday_Coffee_Cocktail_Nespresso_03

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Candy Cane Coffee


1/3 cup whole milk

1 Nespresso coffee

1 tablespoon Creme de Menthe

1 teaspoon sugar (or more, to taste)

1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until you have stiff peaks

1 tablespoon crushed candy cane

Heat the milk in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Make a Nespresso coffee in a large mug. Add the Creme de Menthe, sugar and heated milk. Stir to combine. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy cane. Serve immediately. *Makes 1

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  • These two will keep my sweet tooth more than happy!! Thanks for sharing your recipes. x

  • We just got the Vertuoline as a generous housewarming gift (along with the aeroccino), and I’m definitely trying out that first recipe tomorrow!

    Happy holidays to you and yours, Jamie! <3

  • Leigh Brady

    I love the idea of candy canes in coffee! It’s so festive.

  • GinaKM

    I love my Nespresso machine! Can’t wait to try these recipes. The mocha with bourbon will need to happen on Christmas Morning!

    On another note, would you mind sharing the color of your lipstick? It’s such a perfect, festive red!

  • Lucero Arechiga

    Is this the same Molly from the good ol’ ‘From Me To You’ days? I remember you would go to Farmer markets on the weekend, no?

  • Dara

    The mint one looks so yum. The crushed candy cane is an ingenious idea xx