Great Holiday Dessert Drinks, Barista-Free

By Damon Beres

I’m a fan of K-Cups, the single-serve pods that snap into coffee makers and brew up fast for an easy caffeine fix. They’re convenient for us early morning zombies, and the one-cup size means you never end up wasting grounds or using too much (or too little) water when brewing.

Of course, K-Cups come in many varieties, which is a large part of their appeal: You can have a cup o’ joe in the morning and use the same machine for a pipin’ hot mug of cider at night. They’re handy. I turn to my Keurig machine for the occasional “dessert” drink—a cider K-Cup with rum is my go-to—which I was why I was intrigued by these festive recipes from Macy’s. The “Apple Pie Cider” is worth tasting, and ‘nog fans ought to get a kick out of the “Double Spicy Eggnog Coffee.”

And don’t worry: If you don’t have a K-Cup-compatible coffee maker, you can still make the drinks. Search online or in local stores for apple cider or ground gingerbread, pumpkin, or eggnog-flavored coffee (depending on which recipe sounds good to you) and add the other ingredients as suggested. It’s definitely not a bad way to entertain your guests this holiday season after filling up on turkey and mashed potatoes.

Click below for the full infographic from Macy’s, which includes recipes for Double Spicy Eggnog Coffee, Apple Pie Cider, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Gingerbread Latte:

(Latte image by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos via Wikimedia Commons)