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Seasonal Drinks - Winter

By SanaRLA 21 Nov 2020

When it's cold and rainy outside, sipping a hot drink is always a welcome reprieve. These ideas are from recipes I have read online and I have added my own student twist to them. These drinks can be made even if you are on a student budget. 

1. Cinnamon Latte

Ingredients: 

1 cinnamon stick

100 ml of brewed black coffee

1 cup of milk of your choice 

2 teaspoons honey

2 cardamom pods (optional)

Instructions: 

1. In a pot, add the honey, cinnamon and milk.

2. Place the pot over medium heat, keep stirring the milk so the bottom pan does not burn.

3. Wait for the milk to boil before removing off the stove. 

4. Add coffee to the pot. (If you prefer you can pour coffee into mugs and than add the milk mixture on top)

5. Serve in cups

Notes:

If you do not like caffeine, you can just remove the coffee from this recipe and still enjoy the warm cinnamon milk. I would recommend that if you do not add coffee that you whisk or blend the cinnamon milk mixture so that it is more foamy. 

2. Chai Latte

Ingredients: 

4 cups of water 

5 black tea bags 

10 cloves

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

6 cardamoms 

2 cinnamon sticks

4 cups of milk of your choice 

2 inch piece of fresh ginger slices (Optional)

1/2 cup of any sweetener you like (Optional)

25 ml shot of espresso (Optional)

Instructions:

1. Place the cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon sticks into a pot. Just let them roast for a few minutes. 

2. Add water and ginger to the pot.

3. Remove the pot off the stove once the water has boiled and add the black tea bag and sweetener. Let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes. 

4. As the tea bags steep, warm up the milk and espresso in a pot. 

5. To a mug add the 1/2 cup of milk and 2/3 cup of the tea.

6. Sprinkle some nutmeg on top and enjoy.

Notes: 

I normally use honey or brown sugar as a sweetener but you guys can use anything you like.

3. Caramel Apple Cider (Alcohol-Free)

Ingredients: 

4 cups of unsweeted apple juice

1/4 cup of caramel sauce

1 cinnamon stick

3 slices of apple (Optional)

Instructions: 

1. Place all the ingredients in a pot.

2. Simmer the ingredients in the pot over a medium heat. 

3. Serve in a mug, and garnish with apple slices.

Notes:

To make it a bit more sweeter, you can drizzle caramel with whipped cream before serving.

4. Pumpkin Spice Latte

a cup of coffee sitting on top of a wooden table

Ingredients:

3 cups of milk of your choice 

1 cup of coffee

4 teaspoons of sweetener

1 inch piece of ginger 

1 stick of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of all spice

1 vanilla pod

1 teaspoon of nutmeg (Optional)

Whipped cream (Optional)

Instructions:

1. In a pot warm up the milk over medium heat and add the sweetener, ginger, cinnamon, all spice, vanilla pod and nutmeg. 

2. Once the milk starts to boil over remove the spices using a strainer.

3. Add 1/2 cup of coffee into a mug and top up with the milk.

4. Serve with a layer of whipped cream on top.

Notes:

Fresh vanilla pods can be expensive and hard to find so it can be replaced with vanilla extract in the recipe.

I normally use hot chocolate mix as the sweetener so that I get a pumpkin spiced mocha, but you guys can use whatever sweetener you like.



5. Beetroot Latte

Ingredients 

1 cup of milk of your choice 

1 teaspoon of beetroot powder 

1 teaspoon of sweetener 

1 tablespoon of rose water (Optional)

Instructions: 

1. Warm the milk in a pan and add the sweetener and rose water.

2. Froth milk if possible using a blender or a milk frother.

3. Combine the beetroot powder with the milk.

4. Serve in a mug.

Notes:

The beetroot powder can be substituted with a shot of beetroot juice.

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