Café con Miel is a delicious honey and cinnamon latte, but getting to a coffee shop isn’t always an option. This infused cinnamon honey miel milk will make your home-brewed coffee taste like a coffee house treat.
The best way to me to avoid stopping at a coffee house every day is to have some really delicious mix-ins ready and waiting for my morning cup of coffee.
A Cafe Miel is top of my list of favorite coffee shop drinks, so making this miel milk at home is a great way to get both milk, sweetness, and a little warm spice into my coffee with minimal effort.
Warm milk is sweetened with honey and infused with cinnamon sticks for an easy and delicious treat. My daughter likes to drink it warm - no coffee needed for her!
This is a great milk to mix up on the weekend during meal prep so you can have it waiting in the refrigerator when you wake up in the morning. What a perfect way to start a Monday!
- Milk - Choose whatever you like, dairy or non-dairy (but skip the coconut milk). If you're looking to use Miel Milk as a replacement for coffee creamer, opt for a whole milk to get the creamiest consistency.
- Honey - Use your favorite honey, just skip the hot honeys.
- Cinnamon sticks - I greatly prefer cinnamon sticks over ground cinnamon. Ground spices are a lot more work to remove from the milk compared to a cinnamon stick. You can also leave the cinnamon stick in the milk to steep for longer, if you like and easily pop it out once the cinnamon flavor has reached your liking.
- Strong coffee - Dark French roast coffee brewed super strong is my favorite, whether you use a drip coffee maker, Nespresso machine, Kuerig machine, or French press. A double shot of espresso is also delicious.
How to Make Cinnamon Honey Miel Milk
Warm milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. You want the milk hot, but not bubbling.
Whisk in the honey until it’s dissolved.
Remove from heat.
Break the cinnamon stick in half and toss it in the hot milk mixture.
Allow cinnamon to infuse while the mixture cools to room temp.
Add to your favorite strong brewed coffee to taste.
Store mixture in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Note: You can leave in the cinnamon stick pieces or remove and discard them before storing the milk, based on how strong of a cinnamon flavor you prefer.
Tips on Honey Cinnamon Miel Milk
- If you don’t have a cinnamon stick - Place 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon in the middle of a small piece of cheesecloth. Carefully gather the edges of the cheesecloth, making sure the cinnamon stays in the middle. Tie the cheesecloth tightly shut with kitchen string and add to the mixture to infuse.
- If you don’t have cheesecloth on hand - Use a paper coffee filter. Place 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon in the middle of the coffee filter. Carefully fold and wrap the coffee filter over the cinnamon several times - making sure the cinnamon stays in the middle - until you have a small packet. Wrap a small piece of kitchen string around all sides of the packet and tie off. (See photo below.) Add to the milk mixture to infuse.
- If you don’t have kitchen string - Use unflavored dental floss. (Seriously!)
How do you store Miel Milk?
I keep mine in a glass container in the refrigerator. When kept cold it should last for 5-7 days.
I don't like using plastic containers or bottles for homemade coffee creamers and coffee milks because the plastic can take on the flavor of whatever was in it before, then give that flavor out into the milk.
Plus making this milk is going to keep me (and my budget) out of the coffee shop, but I still want it to have serious coffee house vibes. A glass container does that so much better than plastic.
FAQs and Substitutions
Want to take your coffee drink up a level? In a small jar, heat some miel milk, then use a handheld milk frother to froth the milk and create foam before adding it to your morning coffee. You can also froth milk when it's cold and add it to cold brew coffee.
I prefer traditional dairy milk for my cafe con miel milk recipe - either 2% or whole milk (or a mixture of the two). If you don't drink dairy milk, milk alternatives like unsweetened and unflavored oat milk and almond milk are delicious in this recipe. Stay away from coconut milk, which imparts too much of its own flavor.
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