Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Trio of Hot, Drinkable Treats

It's thunder storming here today. I love thunderstorms, and it makes me want something warm to drink, which reminded me of these recipes...which I've been meaning to post since February...but I have just never found the time to take the pictures. I've finally given up on doing so while at school [less than a week until I'm home..ah] and was sick of seeing this as a draft, so I am posting it anyways. Pictures will come eventually. On with the recipes...


I always want a warm drink as soon as I wake up in the morning, but crave something more substantial than just tea. I used to love London Fogs, so, in an attempt to mimic one, I ended incorporating this drink into my morning routine:

Milky Morning Tea

Ingredients:
  • 20 grams (1 Tbsp) honey
  • 1 cup (8 oz) strong tea (Earl grey would be typical of a London Fog, but, for the benefits of the spices, I now like to use Chai)
  • 1 cup (8 oz) milk (I use skim, but I am sure any would do)
  • splash of vanilla (optional)
  • pinch of fine sea salt (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

1. Bring water to a boil in a kettle and steep your tea. Combine milk and tea in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Meanwhile, measure honey into your mug and stir in vanilla and sea salt.
3. Once milk/tea is steaming, but not boiling, pour into mug, stirring to dissolve the honey. Top with a dash of cinnamon.



Sometimes, I also like something warm right before I go to bed but I don't want caffeine.

This is what I drink instead—I use maple syrup rather than honey, both to mix up the kind of sweetener I'm consuming, but also because I find maple syrup has a much stronger, more distinct flavour which makes the drink a special treat.

Maple Steamer for One

Ingredients:
  • 20 grams (1 Tbsp) maple syrup
  • 1 cup (8 oz) hot water*
  • 1 cup (8 oz) milk (I use skim, but I am sure any would do)
  • splash of vanilla (optional)
  • pinch of fine sea salt (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

1. Bring water to a boil in a kettle. Combine milk and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Meanwhile, measure maple syrup in your mug and stir in vanilla and sea salt.
3. Once milk/water is steaming, but not boiling, pour into mug and top with a dash of cinnamon.

This next recipe came about because I really wanted hot chocolate, but couldn't find a balance between the bitterness of cocoa and my reluctance to add more than two tablespoons of sweetener. Since carob is naturally sweeter than chocolate, I decided to give it a try. This drink is one of my, and James', favourite treats.

Hot Carob Drink for One

Ingredients:
  • 6 grams (1 Tbsp) carob powder
  • 20 grams (1 Tbsp) honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup (8 oz) hot water (tea or coffee)*
  • 1 cup (8 oz) milk (I use skim, but I am sure any would do—James uses lactose-free)
  • a splash of vanilla (optional)
  • pinch of fine sea salt (optional)
  • any spice you like (optional)—my favourites are:
    • cinnamon
    • nutmeg
    • cloves
    • a pinch of cayenne

Instructions:

1. Boil water.
2. Meanwhile, mix together honey and carob in your mug until it forms a sort of paste or syrup. Stir in the salt, and spices of your choice.
3. Pour boiled water into mug and stir until the syrup is dissolved.
4. Combine water/carob mix with milk in a saucepan and heat over medium, stirring occasionally.
5. Add vanilla to the empty mug. Pour in carob drink when it has reached the desired temperature (don't boil it).

* Feel free to reduce or skip the cup of water and replace it with another cup of milk; I just don't notice a difference in taste and like to increase the size of my drink without the extra serving of milk.

Anyways, that's all. I know they're very basic recipes, but I just thought I'd share anyways. Anyone have any simple drinks/variations they love?

2 comments:

  1. I am so happy that you posted about this! I'm always trying to find drinks other than tea to have, and I usually just end up with milk with vanilla. I will definitely try these :)

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  2. It is cold and rainy here so I just made hot milk with maple syrup. The carob drink recipe looks good! I will make it next… with cocoa.

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