As we head into the holidays, we are spending plenty of our personal time decorating, shopping, cleaning, planning, and coordinating for the events that will take over until the new year. It is exciting—and exhausting. We don’t have time to slow down if we hope to get everything done and still enjoy the holiday season. Choose these 3 milk-based drinks that will help you maintain the energy you need during the pre-holiday season rush.
Delicious and Creamy Milk Drinks
Maple Cinnamon Milk Tea
This soothing Maple Cinnamon Milk Tea is light with just a hint of sweetness to balance out the spice. To make, combine milk and cinnamon sticks in a heavy-bottom saucepan. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and let steep for 5 minutes before discarding the cinnamon sticks. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil and add black tea bags. Let steep for 2-3 minutes before discarding the bags. Add maple syrup and vanilla to the steeped milk and stir to combine. Add the brewed tea to the milk mixture and stir to combine. Divide the drink evenly among mugs and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. Serve immediately. The tea can also be served over ice if the pre-holiday chores are making you work up a sweat.
Strawberry Milk Refresher
As the holiday shows and recipes showcase sweet treats, turn to a milk treat as a break from your busy day. The Strawberry Milk Refresher is a sweet sip that combines good-for-you milk with sweet yet guilt-free ingredients like honey and orange juice.
And this recipe may be the easiest one you make this holiday season. Simply blend milk, strawberries, orange juice, honey, and vanilla in a blender until smooth. Pour the milk mixture into a tall glass over ice. Stir in sliced strawberries and serve.
Acai Milk Tea Latte
The superfood acai berry is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids. Try acai paired with nutritious milk that helps fight fatigue and fuel your body with the four B vitamins naturally found in milk. With just a hint of basil, this Acai Milk Tea Latte is the perfect way to relax and unwind.
Place a wild berry or acai tea bag in hot water to steep. Bring milk and basil leaves to a low simmer in a pot, stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove the pot from the heat and discard the basil leaves. Whisk in the now steeped tea, Acai powder, and honey. Divide the beverage evenly among two mugs, leaving about half a cup in the pot to froth and pour on top. Top mugs with the frothed milk and serve immediately.