Delicious Holiday Spiced Coffee with Whipped Cream

Picture this: it’s a chilly December morning, and you are craving warmth and comfort. You need something to get you through the day ahead, something flavorful and decadent. What could be better than a festive holiday spiced coffee with brandied whipped cream?

This recipe demonstrates versatility, aromatic mulling spices infuse the whipped cream with spicy flavor, making it the perfect addition to a steaming hot cup of coffee. I promise you won’t be able to resist the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mixed with nutmeg, ground cinnamon, sugar, and cardamom.

And don’t worry, it’s not just a hot winter drink, iced coffee lovers can enjoy it too! The spiced whipped cream adds depth and character to your typical iced coffee beverage.

Additionally, this specialty coffee can also serve as an elegant addition to any dessert table. Whipped cream flavored with brandy pairs perfectly with puddings, trifles or even rum-infused eggnog.

So let’s get started on this recipe that taste and smells like Christmas time!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Holiday Spiced Coffee With Brandied Whipped Cream
Holiday Spiced Coffee With Brandied Whipped Cream

This recipe for Holiday Spiced Coffee with Brandied Whipped Cream is not just a cup of coffee, it’s a soul-warming experience. If you’re looking for the perfect beverage to celebrate the holiday season, look no further.

Firstly, this recipe demonstrates its versatility by using aromatic mulling spices to infuse whipped cream with a spicy flavor, making it perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to stay warm on a chilly winter morning or impress guests with a festive drink, this recipe has got you covered.

Additionally, the brandy whipped cream is simply divine. It adds an extra layer of richness and depth of flavor to the already delicious spiced coffee. The combination of nutmeg, ground cinnamon, sugar, and ground cardamom in the spiced coffee create an explosion of flavor in every sip.

Not only does this drink taste amazing, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. All you need is freshly brewed hot coffee, mulling spices, and brandy for the whipped cream. Whip the cream and add the brandy for that extra touch of decadence.

Lastly, this drink pairs well with a variety of desserts such as pumpkin spice pudding or eggnog trifle. You can even spike it with rum for an adult-only cocktail.

In conclusion, this recipe has everything you could want in a holiday drink: warmth, flavor, and ease of preparation. Once you try it, you’ll never go back to plain old coffee again.

Ingredient List

“Get ready to spice up your holidays with this delicious coffee recipe!”

Here are the key ingredients to make this delicious holiday spiced coffee with brandied whipped cream recipe:

  • Ground cinnamon: Ground cinnamon is a must-have ingredient in this recipe, it gives a warm and cozy flavor to the coffee.
  • Nutmeg: Freshly grated nutmeg adds a hint of earthy flavor, and pairs well with cinnamon.
  • Ground cardamom: This is an optional ingredient, but it adds a unique flavor to the spiced blend.
  • Sugar: Sugar provides sweetness to balance the spice flavors. Granulated or brown sugar can be used.
  • Coffee: You’ll need freshly brewed hot coffee for this recipe. Use any type of coffee beans you prefer, preferably mild like Spanish coffee.
  • Brandy: Brandy will give the whipped cream a slight boozy taste. You can substitute this with a different type of alcohol if you wish.
  • Confectioners’ sugar: Confectioners’ sugar is used to sweeten the whipped cream.
  • Heavy cream: Heavy cream gives the whipped cream its silky texture.

Optional ingredients include mulling spices, pumpkin spice, and zest ½ removed vegetable. Feel free to experiment with substitutions or variations according to your taste preference.

The Recipe How-To

“Warm up your soul with a cup of this aromatic spiced coffee.”

To prepare a perfect Holiday Spiced Coffee with Brandied Whipped Cream, you have to carefully follow this step-by-step guide.


  • 4 cups freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


  1. Heat coffee in a saucepan on low heat.
  2. Add cinnamon and cardamon spices to the heated coffee and stir well.
  3. In a separate bowl, add whipped cream, confectioners’ sugar, and brandy, then stir to combine.
  4. Pour hot spicy coffee into four individual coffee cups or mugs.
  5. Top each cup of coffee with spiced whip cream according to your preference.

Now you can sit back and enjoy a warm and comforting hot coffee that is both spicy and sweet.

Substitutions and Variations

“A perfect fusion of holiday flavors in one cup of coffee.”

If you want to switch up the flavors in this holiday spiced coffee with brandied whipped cream recipe, there are plenty of ways to do so. Here are some substitutions and variations to consider:

– For a stronger coffee flavor, use espresso or extra-dark roast coffee.

– Instead of using ground coffee, you can add mulling spices directly to your hot chocolate or eggnog for a spiced holiday drink.

– Use spiced rum instead of brandy for an extra punch of flavor.

– Not a fan of heavy cream? Try substituting with coconut milk or almond milk for a dairy-free option.

– If you don’t have confectioners’ sugar on hand, you can use regular granulated sugar instead.

– Experiment with different spice combinations to make this recipe truly your own. Add ginger, cloves, or allspice for even more warmth and complexity.

– Want to make this into a dessert? Layer the coffee and whipped cream into a trifle with pudding and rum-soaked cake for a festive treat.

– For a non-alcoholic version, omit the brandy and increase the amount of spices.

These substitutions and variations demonstrate the versatility of this aromatic mulling spices-infused whipped cream recipe. Whether you prefer your holiday coffee spiked with brandy or non-alcoholic, this recipe can be easily adapted to suit your personal taste preferences.

Serving and Pairing

“The perfect holiday morning brew to kickstart your day.”

When it comes to serving and pairing your holiday spiced coffee with brandied whipped cream, there are endless options for customization and personalization. This recipe demonstrates incredible versatility and is the perfect addition to any winter gathering.

For a truly classic holiday experience, serve this spiced coffee alongside traditional desserts such as pumpkin pie or fruitcake. The warm, cozy flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom perfectly complement the richness of these traditional treats.

If you’re looking for something a little more non-traditional, consider pairing this coffee with rich chocolate trifle or decadent bread pudding. The aromatic mulling spices infuse the whipped cream with spicy flavor that adds depth and dimension to any dish.

For an elevated touch, add a splash of brandy or spiced rum to the whipped cream or serve alongside spiked eggnog for the ultimate cocktail pairing. Alternatively, consider incorporating this coffee into your favorite cocktail recipe for a unique blend of classic flavors.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this holiday spiced coffee with brandied whipped cream is an unforgettable addition to any winter gathering. So brew up a fresh pot, add some whipped cream, and get ready to impress your guests with a drink that truly captures the season’s spirit.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Make your coffee hour special with this heavenly brandied whipped cream topping.”

Whether you are hosting a holiday party or just want to enjoy a cozy spiced coffee by yourself, it can be helpful to know how to make-ahead, store and reheat this delicious Holiday Spiced Coffee with Brandied Whipped Cream recipe.

To make-ahead this recipe, prepare the spiced coffee as instructed and allow it to cool down to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the coffee to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. It is important to note that you should not add the brandied whipped cream until just before serving.

To store the brandied whipped cream, place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Give it a quick whisk with a fork or electric mixer before serving.

If you have leftovers of the spiced coffee with brandied whipped cream, simply place them in separate airtight containers and store them in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to reheat, warm the spiced coffee on the stove or microwave until it reaches your desired temperature.

One tip for perfect reheating is to add a splash of cold water or milk in your coffee before reheating. This will prevent your coffee from becoming too hot and losing its flavor.

Enjoy this festive holiday treat whenever you want by following these simple steps for make-ahead, storing and reheating!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Looking for a new holiday tradition? Try this spiced coffee and brandied whipped cream recipe.”

To make the perfect Holiday Spiced Coffee with Brandied Whipped Cream, there are a few tips that can help you along the way. These tips will not only help you achieve a delicious taste but also ensure that your coffee is visually pleasing and aromatic.

Firstly, use freshly brewed hot coffee. This recipe demonstrates the versatility of aromatic mulling spices that infuse the whipped cream with spicy flavor; however, using fresh ground coffee beans will bring out the full spectrum of flavors and aromas in the mix. It is best to use a fresh and mild coffee blend for this recipe.

Secondly, make sure to chill your whipping cream before mixing it with other ingredients. It is important to start with chilled heavy cream for making whipped cream. A good idea would be to place your stainless mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before starting.

Thirdly, when making brandied whipped cream, add confectioners’ sugar before adding brandy. This will help stabilize the cream and ensure that it does not deflate during mixing. Then add brandy 1 tablespoon at a time until you achieve your desired level of brandy flavor.

Fourthly, to bring an extra touch to your coffee drink, sprinkle some ground cinnamon or nutmeg over the whipped cream just before serving. This will give the cream an extra boost in flavor that completes your spiced Christmas coffee experience.

Fifthly, for iced coffee lovers- this recipe can also be served over ice. Just prepare spiced whipped cream like usual, then add whipped cream to hot coffee as normal and let cool off so it can be served chilled over ice.

By following these tips, you are guaranteed a delicious cup of Holiday Spiced Coffee with Brandied Whipped Cream that is sure to get anyone into the holiday spirit!


Now that you’ve learned all about the ingredients and preparation involved in making this delicious Holiday Spiced Coffee with Brandied Whipped Cream, you might have some questions. In this section, I address some frequently asked questions to help guide you through the recipe without any hiccups. So, let’s dive into the FAQ section and clear up any doubts or uncertainties you may have.

Can I add whipped cream to hot coffee?

Whipped cream can be a tasty addition to either hot or iced coffee. Mixing it in with the iced coffee can create a smooth and pleasurable experience. In contrast, adding whipped cream to hot coffee can give the impression of a small raft effortlessly gliding along a sea of coffee.

What does whipped cream do to coffee?

When it comes to adding heavy whipping cream to your coffee, you don’t have to worry about it altering the taste too much. Adding unsweetened heavy cream won’t make the coffee any sweeter, but it will add a smooth and luxurious texture that feels indulgent.

How do you keep whipped cream from melting on coffee?

For an indulgent treat, try sweetening 1 cup of whipping cream with 1 tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar. Whip it up in the morning and save it for an after-dinner delight. For added stability, consider whisking in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch along with the powdered sugar before adding it to the cream.

Can you make whipped cream with flavored coffee creamer?

Making whipped cream at home is a piece of cake! With just heavy whipping cream, flavored coffee creamer, and vanilla extract, you can indulge in a small amount of it and feel content. But, of course, if you can’t resist licking the bowl, go for it!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this holiday spiced coffee with brandied whipped cream recipe is the perfect addition to any coffee-lover’s repertoire. Its versatility allows for customization and experimentation with different spices and variations. The aromatic mulling spices infuse the whipped cream with a spicy flavor that perfectly complements the warm, cozy taste of the spiced coffee. And let’s not forget about the added kick of brandy, making this beverage perfect for those chilly holiday evenings.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try for your next holiday gathering, or just treat yourself to a little something special. Add some whipped cream hot or iced coffee, or try it in a coffee cocktail recipe like Spanish coffee or Irish coffee. With this recipe, the possibilities are endless.

So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on some nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and ground cardamom, brew up some freshly roasted coffee, and whip up that brandied whipped cream. You won’t regret it. Trust me, as a barista, I know what I’m talking about when I say this is one recipe you won’t want to miss out on.

Holiday Spiced Coffee With Brandied Whipped Cream

Holiday Spiced Coffee With Brandied Whipped Cream Recipe

Note: Dark-roast coffee doesn't work as well with the spices in this recipe. Colombian or another mild coffee works best. Healthier version with fat-free half-n-half
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Holiday
Calories 189.5 kcal


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee, preferably a mild roast such as Colombian (see Note)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 1/2 cups cold water


  • With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream in a medium bowl until it starts to mound softly, then beat in the confectioners' sugar and brandy. Continue beating until it is just firm. If not using it right away, cover the bowl of whipped cream with plastic wrap and refrigerate it. (The whipped cream can be prepared 1 day ahead.)
  • To brew the coffee, use a drip-style coffeepot (preferably an automatic drip coffeemaker) and line the filter cup with a paper filter. Put the coffee, cardamom, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the filter. Mix gently with a spoon to combine the spices with the coffee. Add the water to the water chamber, and brew accordingly to the manufacturer's directions.
  • To serve, pour the coffee into 8 warm cups and garnish each cup with a generous dollop of the whipped cream. The cream will melt as it floats on top. Serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 328gCalories: 189.5kcalCarbohydrates: 7.4gProtein: 1.1gFat: 16.7gSaturated Fat: 10.4gCholesterol: 61.1mgSodium: 24.3mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 4.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Christmas, Easy, Low Protein, Very Low Carbs
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