Health and Wellness Body Diet and Nutrition Recipes How to Prepare a Beautiful Latte for Your New Year's Brunch Guests By Sydney Mondry Sydney Mondry Sydney Mondry is a former staff writer for InStyle, where she covered diet and nutrition. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on December 29, 2016 @ 09:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Allison Burkard A successful New Year’s brunch requires two things: good company and caffeine. Nowadays, many of us have Keurig or Nespresso machines, which make brewing a cup of joe or creating a frothy latte a cinch. To properly ring in 2016, we suggest taking your favorite caffeinated beverages up a notch with a delicious homemade syrup. We tapped Allison Burkard, the expert behind Barista Bootcamp at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which arms java-lovers with next-level barista skills, for a simple, seasonal recipe. Burkard says that her apple honey syrup is “the perfect addition to a beautiful, velvety latte.” Alternatively, she suggests decorating each mug with cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder, or using a candy cane as a stir stick. “Adding a personal touch is what’s most important,” explains Burkard. “There’s no right or wrong way to do it.” Try making the Apple Cinnamon Honey Latte below! How to Have the Ultimate New Year's Day Brunch Apple Cinnamon Honey Latte Ingredients: Latte (homemade or store-bought) 2 tbsp apple honey syrup Apple honey syrup 2 sliced apples 1 cup brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ cup water Garnish Cinnamon stick Whipped cream Honey This Scrambled Egg Sandwich Is the Surest Way to Cure Your New Year's Eve Hangover Directions: 1. To make the syrup: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Turn on heat high and simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat, strain, and let syrup cool. 2. To assemble the latte: Place 2 tbsp of apple honey syrup in the bottom of your cup. Brew espresso overtop of syrup, and steam whole milk over espresso. If using store-bought or machine-made espresso, pour the drink directly over the syrup. 3. Top with freshly whipped cream, a drizzle of honey, and a cinnamon stick.