RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning

Seriously, you guys... this is the perfect coffee to serve alongside shortbread cookies.

Tomorrow is the B-I-G day and it’s already assumed that I’ll be in pjs all day… but what will I be sipping on? Lots of coffee, spiked with seasonal yumminess like cinnamon, clove, and even orange zest! Oh, and the most perfect caramel sauce maybe ever. These Christmas coffee recipes are perfect in a pinch when unexpected guests drop by or even if you’re just snuggling with your honey on the couch (that’s my plan). Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning

Pour-Over Coffee in a Chemex:

For best results, start a freshly roasted single origin coffee beans. Grind the beans fine. Place 3-4 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee into the filter. Pour boiling water over the coffee beans slowly and in a circular motion as to be sure that all the grinds are soaked. Keep the water hot and pour more in as soon as all the water had drained out of the filter.

Now you’re ready to make flavored coffees!

Spiced Coffee Recipe:

After you have placed the ground coffee into the filter, add 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, one whole clove, and a pinch of ground nutmeg to the coffee grounds. Pour hot water over the coffee and spice mix and brew as usual. Feel free to add cream, honey or a splash of bourbon, if you need it (don’t we all during this time of year??).

RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning

Seriously, you guys… this is the perfect coffee to serve alongside shortbread cookies.

Also, this post is a two-fer… there’s another Christmas coffee recipe!

RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning

Orange Caramel Coffee Recipe:

Place 1 tablespoon (or more, if you prefer) of caramel sauce into bottom of a mug. Pour freshly brewed coffee into the mug. Stir well. Zest an orange peel over the mug and enjoy.

Caramel in a Can Recipe:


  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk


Remove the label from the can of sweetened condensed milk. Don’t forget this step or you will have soggy paper and label glue stuck to the inside of the your pan — eeek! Place the unopened can in a 2-quart pot and fill the pot with water so that the water covers the can by at least 2 inches or more. Using more water is fine but do not use less because if the water does not completely cover the can it could explode!

Place the pot on the stove, bring the water to boil, then reduce the heat to a very low simmer and let it cook for two hours. Remove the pan from the heat and wait until the can is cool to the touch before you open it to reveal the delicious caramel sauce inside!

RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning

I definitely urge you to whip up a batch of this yummy caffeinated brew to serve in your best gold-trimmed mug!

sources, first recipe: coffee from Elm Coffee RoastersChemex, napkins from Dille & Kamille, Le Creuset teaspoon, vintage melamine plate, West Elm pinch bowl. If you know the name of the artist who made the pink-handled mug, please let me know! I can’t find the name anywhere and would love to credit!

sources, second recipe: mugs from E. Smith MercantileAnthropologie napkins, fog linen tray, painted metallic runner from West Elm, Suite One Studio dessert plate and pinch bowl, macramé spoon DIY.

RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning

recipe developed by Claire McAleese. photography and styling by Jojotastic.

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