Photos courtesy of Monarch Cafe, the Roasterie, Martin City Coffee, Messenger Coffee, and Vested Coffee
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: seasonal coffee shop drink menus are here! To get into the spirit, I rounded up the most festive holiday drinks around Kansas City. What will it be first: a spicy gingerbread latte? A festive Candy Cane Forest Mocha? A Butterbeer latte? Better get started now—so many drinks, so little time. Happy sipping!
Messenger Coffee Co. / Black Dog Coffeehouse:
Saturnalia – A traditional latte flavored with house-made syrup made from dates, almonds, and oranges.
Pepper & Mint Mocha – A rich mocha made with Christopher Elbow dark chocolate, serrano peppers, and fresh mint.
Holiday House Soda – Italian soda made with Messenger cold brew, pomegranate, and local honey.
Charlie Brown (Messenger Grand only) – Messenger espresso with a Guinness reduction chocolate mousse and garnished with a rosemary sprig.
*Filling Station Coffee is also serving the Saturnalia and Pepper & Mint Mocha!
Candy Cane Forest Mocha – Emissary espresso with milk, white chocolate, and peppermint, served with a smoked rosemary garnish in a white chocolate– and peppermint candy–rimmed hobstar glass. Hot or iced.
The Alexandria – Emissary flash brew mixed with cranberry, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, and aromatic bitters, served chilled in a coupe glass with a coffee-soaked cocktail cherry garnish.
Eggnog Holiday Draft Latte – Emissary flash brew and eggnog charged with nitrogen and topped with nutmeg. Served cold.
The Dude Abides – Emissary espresso with cream, toasted walnut spice syrup, and applewood smoke, served over ice in a 6 oz. rocks glass.
Queen’s Pawn – Emissary espresso with steamed Oreo milk, cheesecake syrup, and topped with Oreo crumbles, served hot in a 6 oz. cup.
Smoked & Spiced Cider – Louisburg Honeycrisp apple cider with spiced orange oleo-saccharum and applewood smoke, served hot and dusted with cinnamon.
Phoenix Down – A 10 oz. ginger shot topped with cayenne.
Raspberry Fig Nutmeg Shrub Soda – A vinegar shrub made with raspberry, fig, and nutmeg and mixed with sparkling water. Served iced.
Gingerbread Cookie Latte – A traditional latte flavored with ginger, clove, and a sweet bite of molasses.
White Peppermint Mocha – A mixture of Ghirardelli white chocolate, peppermint, and mocha topped with whipped cream.
Eggnog Latte – A traditional latte flavored with creamy eggnog and sprinkled with nutmeg.
Spiced Cranberry Cider – Louisburg Cider Mill cider combined with warm spices, cranberry sauce, and orange juice.
She Sleighs – Espresso, milk, and brown sugar poached pear with vanilla and winter spices.
Winter Fog – Peppermint tea with house-made mocha topped with steamed milk and cocoa powder.
Oh Snap! – Espresso and milk with gingersnap sauce and topped with a gluten-free gingersnap by @fooddrunk.
She’s Spicy – Espresso and milk spiced with orange zest, honey, cayenne, and ginger.
Baby It’s Chai Outside – Cranberry orange and ginger spiced chai tea latte garnished with cocoa powder and fresh orange zest.
Snowcapped Cold Brew – Spiced nitro cold brew topped with a mountain of pear poached cold foam and garnished with fresh rosemary.
Butterbeer Latte – Espresso and rich eggnog sprinkled with cinnamon. Hot or iced.
Apple Fritter Latte – Espresso and milk mixed with spiced apple syrup made in house and topped with a caramel drizzle. Hot or iced.
Eggnog Chai and Latte – Espresso or spiced chai with rich eggnog. Hot or iced.
Apple Cider – Hot or iced apple cider made in house and topped with a caramel drizzle.
Pumpkin Butternut Spice Latte – Puréed pumpkin and butternut squash with espresso and steamed milk.
Mexican Chile Mocha – Ghirardelli dark chocolate with a subtle spicy/sweet syrup, espresso, and steamed milk.
Wintermint Mocha – Dark or white Ghirardelli chocolate with subtle mint flavor, espresso, and steamed milk.
Wintermint Hot Chocolate – Dark and white Ghirardelli chocolate with subtle mint flavor and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream.
Frigid Grinch – Matcha and oat milk with subtle mint flavor, served over ice (tastes like melted mint ice cream!).
Bourbon Brown Sugar Latte – Espresso and steamed milk with house-made whiskey and vanilla syrup.
Gingerbread Latte or Chai – Espresso or spiced chai and steamed milk with house-made ginger, cinnamon, clove, and allspice syrup.
Hazelnut Latte or Chai – Espresso or spiced chai and steamed milk with house-made hazelnut and vanilla syrups.
Peppermint Mocha – Espresso and steamed milk with house-made mint and dark chocolate syrups.