When it's cold outside, you need something sweet, or you just want a hug, a cozy sip is the easiest way to warm up. That's why Starbucks is so popular, right? Here are our go-to drinks right now!
GOLDEN MILK - Cord
To be honest, this is a pinch and dash kind of drink for me, for the sake of your sanity here is an estimated recipe.
8 oz of your favorite milk. I use almond, hemp, or coconut.
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, clove, cardamom, nutmeg (all or some)
a dash of black pepper (supports the healing qualities of turmeric)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
honey, agave, maple syrup to taste. (no, not all three, just pick one)
In a small sauce pan, on medium-low, heat coconut oil until melted. Add turmeric and mix. Add milk and everything else. Stir continually until heated. Heat until warm. Here is the tricky part, transferring to a mug. I pour it into a liquid measuring cup because I hate being messy with turmeric. If you don't like spice grains in your drinks, you can strain your drink as you pour it into your cup. I use a tea steeper (here) to remove the grains. Then splash with cinnamon, or not, and enjoy!
When to enjoy, you ask? Before bed: it's like drinking warm milk before bed, didn't your mom tell you to do that? When you are sick: of course do some research to find your own truths but this drink is packed full of anti-inflammatory spices. Whether it's a sore throat or achey body this drink has helped with many of my colds. When you are craving sugar: I like to avoid sugar as often as possible. Sometime though, I am just in the mood for something warm, cozy and sweet. This always does the trick. This fall I even added 2 tablespoons of pumpkin for a Pumpkin Spiced Latte with a twist!
PEPPERMINT COCOA - Maddie
This isn't going to be your best friend when you are physically ill, but when your soul needs a pick-me-up, this tonic is pure medicine!
12 oz of your favorite milk. I use whole unpasteurized cow's milk.
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons sucanat (or sugar, but I like to embellish with sugary things and keep the cocoa pure)
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Crushed peppermint stick, marshmallow, and cocoa powder to garnish
In a small sauce pan, on medium-low, whisk all ingredients together until powders are dissolved. Heat until warm. Transfer to a large mug, garnish, and guzzle...er...I mean sip.
We'd love to know some of your favorite cozy beverage recipes.
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