Make your own festive drinks

Make your own festive drinks

When the weather outside is frightful, what you need is a mug of something wonderfully wintery and warming. So that you can enjoy barista style drinks from the comfort of your own home, we've got some simple recipes for making your liquid festive favourites.

Ginger Latte

For a warming tickle and a creamy start to those can't-feel-your-nose, chilly mornings. Serves 1.

For the Ginger Syrup:

  • 200g organic cane sugar
  • 150g chopped fresh ginger
  • 375ml water

For the Latte:

  • 300ml steamed Semi Skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoon ginger syrup
  • 35ml whipped cream
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

To make the ginger syrup, bring the sugar, water and ginger to the boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 45 minutes. Strain through a mesh strainer into a bottle.

For the ginger latte, heat the Semi Skimmed milk in a saucepan or in the microwave. Then add 2 tablespoons of ginger syrup. Pour into your favourite mug and top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Hot Cinnamon and Vanilla Milk

A sweet and spicy afternoon boost. Serves 2.

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1L Semi Skimmed milk
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • Ground cinnamon

First, place the vanilla, cinnamon sticks, Semi Skimmed milk and caster sugar in a saucepan with medium-low heat. Stir whilst cooking for 10 minutes until it begins to simmer (before it boils). Set aside for 10 minutes.

Then, remove cinnamon sticks and return the saucepan with medium-low heat. Stir whilst cooking for 5 minutes. Pour into heatproof glasses and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Cardamom Chai tea

Ideal to calm your down after a hectic Christmas shopping spree. Serves 2

  • 350ml Semi Skimmed milk
  • 500ml water
  • ¼ inch fresh ginger
  • 4 Cardamom pods, cracked
  • 2 teaspoons black tea
  • Sugar (optional)

Press and crack the cardamom pods. Bring the water, cardamom and ginger to a boil. Simmer on low for 4 minutes.

Add the Semi Skimmed milk and sugar (optional) and then stir in a pan. Add tea and bring to the boil again. Strain directly into teacups and enjoy.

Chilli Hot Chocolate

A winter warmer to curl up on the sofa with. Serves 2.

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 750ml Semi Skimmed milk
  • 150g chocolate, chopped
  • 35ml whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 1 red chilli, cut into thirds

Heat the cinnamon stick, Semi Skimmed milk and red chilli in a saucepan with medium-high heat for 7 minutes. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Place in a clean saucepan, discarding solids and heat over medium heat for 4 minutes (don’t boil). Reduce heat to low and add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour and top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

Recipes from the lactose free dairy range Lactofree

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