Sipping a delicious hot drink in a comfy chair when it’s cold or yucky out? It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? At the moment I’m drinking a latte made from my stovetop espresso maker. So good!
We drink a lot of hot drinks around here. Coffee of course, but also hot teas like Earl Grey or English Breakfast (in bulk, preferably. Bagged teas are the lowest quality and mostly filled with dust.), Roobios or green.
The kids often make hot cocoa from scratch (of course, never from a box! – homemade hot cocoa recipe here) or just steamed milk with a tiny touch of vanilla. I love anything that can get more raw milk into my kids.
Here are 2 yummy hot drink recipes to enjoy this season:
* 2 cups milk (you can use non dairy milk if dairy is an issue)
* 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon each of ground cloves and nutmeg
* 2 teaspoons honey or sugar (reduce or eliminate if using sweetened nut or grain milk)
Heat milk in a saucepan. Whisk in spices, vanilla, and honey; heat through, and serve in a mug.
I remember my Dad giving me sips of a hot toddy (hot water, lemon, honey and a shot of something potent to help me sleep) when I got sick with a bad cold that would keep me up at night coughing. It sure was safer than a lot of today’s cough medicines that seem to get recalled from store shelves on a regular basis! Of course, this one is great for grown ups too.
Maple Hot Toddy
This drink can be fairly versatile, using whiskey, rum, bourbon or brandy. This version for 1 serving uses bourbon.
* 2 tablespoons bourbon
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup
* 1/2 cup hot tea or water
* Lemon wedge
Mix all ingredients in a mug and serve warm with a lemon wedge. Make two and share with hubby. I’m not responsible for what happens next.
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