Friday, September 29, 2023

Warm Healthy Drinks For Fall


Fall is coming and it is starting to get cooler.  I love having something hot to drink that is a bit different and does not involve alcohol.  I prefer non-alcoholic drinks because they rely the flavors of the ingredients to provide the enjoyment.

If you are a tea drinker, you might want to try a Matcha Latte. Matcha is that green Japanese a,  that is really good for you.  It requires 1.5 teaspoon  of green matcha powder. 1 tablespoon hot water, no more than 2 teaspoons of honey to sweeten, and 3/4 cup hot milk.  To get the best results use a milk frother than can be found on Amazon for not too much.  The way to make this is to sift the matcha powder into a cup. Add the hot water and whisk the mixture until there are no longer any lumps. Stir in the honey, then add in the milk and either whisk till frothy or use a milk frother.

You could step your hot chocolate up a bit to make it awesome.  First make a whipped cream by taking either 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, or 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed coconut cream.  Add in one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp of vanilla, and 2/3rds cup of chilled heavy cream.  Beat in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until reaches the soft peak stage or about one minute.  

Next make the hot chocolate by mixing a 13.5 can of coconut milk (that has been shaken or stirred) with 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, and  1/4 teaspoon salt. Place in a pan on medium heat and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes slightly thickened.  Remove from heat and taste.  Adjust the flavors by adding a bit of powder, adding water, or sugar.  Let cool for three minutes before adding the vanilla.  Then pour into four cups and place 1/4th of the whipped chocolate cream on top 

Pumpkin spice latte is another great treat.  Take 1 cup almond milk but if you want to cut the calories on it, then use unsweetened almond milk.  Add in 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey.  Add in 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/2 a cup of strongly brewed coffee. Mix it all together in a blender till done, pour into a medium sized pan and heat until simmering.  Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

What about some classic eggnog.  This recipe is without alcohol but you could add just a bit if you want.  You need one egg yolk, two whole eggs separated, two oranges zested, 1/3 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 tespoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla.  

Whisk all the egg yolks together in one bowl until they become a lighter yellow.  In a separate bowl, which the egg whites, until they form stiff peaks. In a small pan over low heat, whisk together the milk, orange zest, sweetner, cinnamon, and nutmeg and cook for 5 to 8 minutes.  Slowly pour the egg yolks into the steaming milk, while whisking continuously for three to four minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and just a bit of rum, if you want it.  Fold in egg whites, pour into cups, and sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon or nutmeg.

I'll return to this topic in the future and I'll take time to talk about fall based drinks that are not super cold but hit the spot.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great weekend.

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