This Warm Vanilla is the complete opposite of Hot Chocolate in every way. This drink is mellow, not too rich and can be very low sugar and low fat, depending on how you want to make it!
My grandmother used to make this for us when we were little and spent the night at her house. I don't remember her calling it Warm Vanilla, though. I think we called it Hot Milk. It brings back memories of sitting on her lap and sipping this in one of her fancy English teacups.
Warm Vanilla Milk
10 oz milk (whole, 2%, 1%, nonfat, almond, coconut, soy, whatever your pleasure!)
1 t vanilla sugar (I used Penzey's)
1 t pure vanilla extract
freshly grated nutmeg
Warm the milk in the microwave for 90 seconds. Test for the desired heat. If you need it hotter, microwave in 30 second allotments. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg. Enjoy!
You will return to this simple drink over and over. The sweetness and the not-too-rich drink is so comforting. Come back and thank me later.
Let's talk about the nutmeg a little bit. Throw away your preground nutmeg you have in your pantry and go buy yourself some whole nutmeg. The marble sized balls are the seeds of an evergreen tree. All you need is a microplane and the nutmeg seed. Rub the seed over the microplane and you will inhale the most delectable fragrance and never will use pregrated nutmeg again. It is a sin against nature to do so. You can come back and thank me later for this one, too.
Enjoy these other warm drinks for this winter.
An Italian in my Kitchen Easy Mulled Wine
Mom's Home Guide Hot Cranberry Orange Punch
Tikkido Authentic Chai
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