Warm, sweet, and cozy, Spiced Milk is a perfect treat on a cold night or upgrade your next cup of coffee.
4 cups milk
½ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground ginger
Make the Spice Pouch
Place 2 - 4”x4” squares of fine mesh cheesecloth together and set on the counter.
Place cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger in the middle of the cheesecloth. Stir gently to combine the spices.
Gather all sides of the cheesecloth together, forming a little pouch. Wrap a few inches of kitchen string around the cheesecloth, staying just at the top of where the spices are. Tie string tightly and double knot so the spices can’t escape.
Set your spice pouch aside.
Make the Spiced Milk
Place milk, maple syrup and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
Warm the mixture, stirring occasionally, until syrup has dissolved and milk is hot but not bubbling or boiling.
Remove milk from heat and add spice pouch to the hot milk mixture.
Gently push it down into the milk until the spices inside the pouch have been submerged. (The top of the cheesecloth will stick up from the milk. That’s ok, just make sure those spices are below the surface.)
Let steep for 1 hour while milk cools.
Remove spice pouch from cooled milk.
Gently squeeze to remove liquid from the cheesecloth and spices. Dispose of spice pouch.
Store milk in the refrigerator.
Tips for Spiced Milk
- If you don’t have kitchen string on hand, use some white thread or unflavored dental floss to tie the cheesecloth together.
- A coffee filter can be substituted for the cheesecloth, just make sure it doesn't rip when bundling.
How do I use it?
- Drink it as is! It’s a delicious treat hot or cold.
- Add it to coffee in place of milk/creamer. (This is my favorite way to use it!)
- Make a warm cocktail with 4 oz hot spiced milk + 1.5 oz brandy or bourbon.
Enjoy your spiced milk with a warm slice of chocolate cream cheese banana bread.