Where to Cozy up for a Holiday Coffee Date (and What to Order)

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Where to Cozy Up for a Holiday Coffee Date (and what to Order)

The holiday season brings back familiar activities every year: festive music playing, decorations and lights going up, and cozy beverages to warm up with! It got us thinking about all of our amazing local coffee purveyors and what seasonal drinks they've created for us to enjoy this year.

From classics like peppermint mochas to inventive recipes like the cranberry espresso flip, here's our list of holiday coffee in Orlando for your next date!

Bonus: it's budget-friendly and can be worked into your last-minute holiday shopping sprees or when enjoying the many Holiday Events in Orlando.

Updated November 2022 by Sarah Bradley

Holiday Coffee in Orlando

Craft & Common – Downtown Orlando

The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Craft & Common is a go-to during the chillier months. They even offer a vegan PSL for those who are plant-based or have dietary restrictions, so you don’t have to miss out on the fall spices and cozy flavors.

The Rosemary Gingersnap latte is worth of attention. The rosemary balances out the sweetness of the gingersnap and creates a smooth holiday drink.
Here is Craft & Common's full seasonal drink menu:

  • Cranberry Espresso Flip: espresso, cranberry syrup, lemon rosemary foam
  • Rosemary Gingersnap Latte: espresso, milk, maple rosemary syrup, ginger and cardamom bitters, aromatic spices
  • Horchata Matcha: organic matcha, condensed milk, almond, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte: espresso, condensed milk, pumpkin puree, aromatic spices, vanilla whipped cream
  • Vegan Pumpkin Latte: espresso, dairy-free milk of your choice, pumpkin puree, aromatic spices, and oat milk foam.
  • Peppermint Mocha: espresso, milk, peppermint syrup, chocolate, vanilla whipped cream, crushed peppermint
Holiday Coffee in Orlando
Rosemary Gingersnap Latte. Image credit: Arlene Laboy

Deeply Coffee – Downtown Orlando

Deeply's General Manager Brett Ware has come up with a fun holiday drink menu, ranging from more traditional holiday offerings to a signature blend of creative refreshing drinks:

  • Peppermint Mocha Latte: espresso, milk, ritual chocolate, peppermint⁣
  • Gingersnap Cookie Latte: espresso, gingersnap cookies, m*lk, spices
  • Biscoff Cookie Butter Latte: espresso, cookie milk, saigon cinnamon, biscoff crumbs
  • Hot Apple Cider: apple cider, red chai, citrus
  • Sparkling Apple Soda: apple cider, red chai, bubbles
  • Red Chai: Rooibos, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, peppercorn, lemon grass
  • Maple Cinnamon Thai Tea: thai tea, maple syrup, cinnamon, milk of choice, star anise
  • Sparkling Pumpkin Spice Chai: chai bubbles, pumpkin, milk of choice, sage foam

Deeply Coffee is just minutes from Lake Eola, so pop over afterward to check out the holiday decor and Christmas tree.

Gingersnap Cookie Latte at Deeply Coffee. Image credit: Arlene Laboy

Easy Luck Coffee & Bodega – Milk District

Head to the Milk District to visit this laid back coffee shop. There's tons of seating available for you to catch up with your partner or a friend, cozy up with a good book, or get some work done. Here’s what Easy Lucky has released for the 2022 holiday season so far:

  • Fig Maple Tea Latte: black tea, ripe figs, maple, brown sugar, milk of choice, topped with ground cinnamon
  • Dirty Fig Maple Tea Latte: fig maple tea latte with espresso added
  • Snickerdoodle Cold Brew: cold brew flavored with spiced chair, brown sugar, and your milk of choice.
Horchata Latte from Easy Luck Coffee & Bodega. Image credit: Chelsea Caldwell for Easy Luck

Downtown CREDO – Multiple Locations

Downtown CREDO is distinctive from other local coffee shops in that customers name their own price for their cup. When visiting, you can refer to their suggested drink prices if you're unsure what to pay. Currently, the beans used in their espresso drinks are from Chiapas, where the local, indigenous people grow and supply CREDO with their beans.

For the holiday season, CREDO has created special drinks:

  • Mexican Chocolate Mocha: Mexican single-origin espresso with house-made mocha sauce and a dash of cayenne. Imagine a regular mocha, but with a kick
  •  Fall Spice: fall in a cup – they add All Spice to their signature Café Con Leche
  • Gingerbread Latte: I had this coffee several times last holiday season, sometimes more than once the same day. It's THAT good. Basically, it's a gingerbread cookie in liquid form.
  • Spiced Orange Latte: brewed latte with balance of orange and spice.
Image credit: Downtown CREDO

Foxtail Coffee – Multiple Locations

Admittedly, the Eggnog latte didn't initially sound that appealing to me as I'm not a fan of eggnog, but it is delicious! Sweet but not overly sweet, with just the right amount of the spices I love this time of year.

You can enjoy this holiday drink at any of their locations throughout Orlando. I recommend going to one of their locations that have Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream counter.

The Winter Park location, College Park, and Howell Branch Foxtail locations are great picks to enjoy coffee and ice cream. And Kelly's always has tons of tasty seasonal flavors as well. The Foxtail holiday drinks include: 

The Foxtail holiday drinks include:

  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Gingerbread Cold Brew
Foxtail's Farmhouse in Winter Park, FL
Foxtail's Farmhouse in Winter Park, FL

Lineage Coffee Roasting – East End Market and Mills 50

Lineage Coffee Roasting brews up a special Eggnog Piccolo for the month of December last year, and currently offers a vegan PSL for the fall months!

For a date day, take it outside to sip at a table in East End Market's courtyard, which is lush with plants and full of sunshine. If you're lucky, you may even catch a live musician performing (select Saturday afternoons – find updates on their Facebook).

Eggnog Piccolo from Lineage Coffee. Image credit: Lineage coffee

Duo 58 – East Orlando

One of my favorite local coffee shops to visit, Duo 58 is a great place to catch up with a friend over coffee. The shop's Pumpkin Spice latte is more spices than pumpkin, making it a perfect choice to enjoy throughout the fall and holiday seasons!

You can also pair their Caramel Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte with the Thanksgiving Leftover Panini (made with turkey, cranberry sauce, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, and fried onions). How much cozier can it get?

Holiday Coffee in Orlando
Pumpkin Spice Latte from Duo 58. Image credit: Arlene Laboy

Qreate Coffee – Mills 50

Qreate Coffee is always coming up with creative coffee recipes to fit the seasons and holiday mood, like these:

  • White Peppermint: white chocolate, peppermint bark, espresso
  • Pumpkin Pie Latte: espresso, milk of choice, pumpkin syrup
  • Pumpkin Matcha Latte: matcha, pumpkin syrup, milk of choice
  • Sweater Weather: toasted marshmallow, coconut, espresso, milk of choice
  • Sad Boy Fall: caramel, espresso, vanilla foam, caramel drizzle, sea salt, milk of choice
  • Coquito: cream of coconut, nutmeg, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon (hot or iced)
  • Spicy Chocolate Latte
Coquito from Qreate Coffee. Image credit: Qreate Coffee

Holiday Coffee Near Orlando

Eden Bar – Winter Park

For a boozy caffeinated beverage, I highly recommend Scott Calvin's Naughty Coffee, or Sleigh Fuel from Eden Bar at Enzian Theatre. This little doozy is comprised of Cotiere Coffee blended with vanilla vodka, Bailey's, Kahlua and topped with house-made whip and cinnamon. Sip it before or after catching a flick at the retro Enzian Theater.

 Sip it before or after catching a flick at the retro Enzian Theater. Stop by during these hours:

  • Monday-Tuesday: 4pm-11pm (closed for lunch)
  • Wednesday-Thursday: 11am-11pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 11am-1am
  • Sunday: 11am-11pm
Holiday Coffee in Orlando
Sleigh Fuel from Eden Bar. Image credit: Enzian Theater

READ MORE: Our Favorite Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Orlando

Blackbird Comics and Coffeehouse – Maitland

This special place is described as a coffee house and comics shop for wizards, jokers, self-rescuing princesses, Lords of Chaos, and champions of the downtrodden. The fall and winter menu is packed with holiday flavors including Ginger Snap, Frozen Hot Chocolate, and the almighty Krampus Krunk – 24 hour cold brew with spices and egg nog!

LIGHT ON THE SUGAR – WINTER PARK

If you're looking for a place offering great hot chocolate, coffee and hand-made pastries, Light on the Sugar needs to be on your list.

Their seasonal Pecan White Chocolate Tart is fantastic, and their wide selections of cream puffs are sure to delight you and your boo. For a caffeinated holiday treat, try their seasonal Peppermint Latte or Pumpkin Pie Latte. They also serve absolutely adorable Hot Cocoa Cream puffs that are so unique and oozing with Christmas spirit.

New City Coffee Co. – Lake Mary

Why settle on one tasty seasonal latte when you can try four at once? New City Coffee Co. is all the rage in the Central Florida area for their unique coffee flights that change with the seasons and holidays. This past autumn featured this fall flight–Candy Corn, White Pumpkin, Cookie Butter, and Maple Pecan.

Check out the holiday-flavored coffee flight for 2022:

  • Mistletoe: House-made cranberry and vanilla
  • Silver Bells: Cinnamon Bun
  • Sleigh Ride: Ginger Bread with an orange twist
  • Holly Jolly: Peppermint bark
Holiday Coffee in Orlando - New City Coffee Flight with festive garnishes
Holiday Coffee in Orlando – New City Coffee Flight @newcity.coffeeco

Axum Coffee – Winter Garden & Clermont

All Axum Coffee locations are serving two very different holiday drinks. The first is a decadent Pumpkin Pie Chai, which I can't get enough of! For a caffeine kick, make it a dirty chai with a shot (or two!) of espresso added. Alternatively, you can try the Peppermint Charcoal Mocha. The drink is made with activated charcoal made from coconut husks, peppermint, and topped with whipped cream and peppermint shavings.

For a memorable date, visit the Clermont location which is adjoined to the Orlando Cat Cafe. For $8/person, you can go play with adoptable cats and kittens for an hour while enjoying your holiday beverages.

Pumpkin Pie Chai from Axum Coffee. Image credit: Arlene Laboy

PICCOLO COFFEE CO – WINTER GARDEN

You can find this mobile coffee bar in historic downtown Winter Garden every weekday from 7a-3pm, and every Saturday at the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market from 8am-1pm. This holiday season, Piccolo is celebrating with fall classics like a PSL, Salted Maple Latte, Spicy Mocha Latte, and Cinnamon Apple Cider.

When Christmas rolls around, Piccolo offers a Gingerbread latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Holiday Joy lattes. Pair it with a romantic stroll through Winter Garden and a stop by the huge Christmas tree.

Image credit: Piccolo Coffee Co.

VANESSA'S COFFEE SHOP – ST. CLOUD

This coffee shop is known for decadent, dessert-like coffees, and the holidays are no exception! Seasonal offerings include a Cinnamon Latte and a Peppermint Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate drizzle and even a candy cane! You can also indulge in their new Cookie Butter Latte, topped with golden Teddy Grahams. 

Optional add-on: When in St. Cloud, extend your date with a visit to Mick Farms where you can enjoy another seasonal pastime: strawberry picking! The fields open in mid-December and the farm also has a produce stand for fresh goodies.

Cinammon Latte from Vanessa's Coffee Shop. Image credit: Vanessa's Coffee Shop

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Feature image credit: Piccolo Coffee Co.


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