Ohhhhhh my lord it is so cold here in Minnesota. I’m pretty sure we are going on a couple of consecutive weeks of below-zero temperatures with no sign of it stopping soon. Tomorrow the weather forecast boasts a sexy -25 degrees; schools are closed, businesses are closing. I am actually kind of scared.
Late last night I was craving a warm, spicy cup of tea but when I looked in my tea cupboard, the only flavors I had left were fruity or floral or something else that I totally wasn’t in the mood for. There was absolutely nothing that would pull me away from my space heater to a local coffee shop to purchase such a drank, so folks, this is when you get inventive using what spices you’ve got in the cupboard. Using a little creativity and a lot of desperation, I made this Homemade Almond Spiced Latte that warmed my entire being.
There are a number of different homemade warm drinks you can use with nut milks, spices and extracts. For this one in particular, I used almond milk and flavored it with ground nutmeg, whole cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract. Even if it isn’t too cold to expose an inch of bare skin where you live, it still might be fun to learn how to make a homemade latte! They are not only delicious, but a good money-saving technique, too.
What will you need? (makes 1 large latte)
1 cup unweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
2 whole cinnamon sticks
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon + an extra sprinkle for the top
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 drop vanilla extract
How do you make it?
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Turn on medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring with a whisk the whole time to prevent the bottom from burning. Once it gets warm, turn up the intensity of your whisking so that the milk gets a little frothy.
Once the mixture is frothy and steamy, remove from the heat and pour into a nice, big mug. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon just for good measure.
Sip slowly. Enjoy every body-warming, spicy gulp. Snuggle up, get a great book and stay safe from this cold weather!