Milk and Honey

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Author Notes: If I’m trying to relax, a nice mug of warm milk always seems to do the trick. So does liquor, but this is a more virtuous non-alcoholic option, for when I’m looking to keep my virtue intact. Inspired by Amanda’s Chai recipe, I quickly found myself addicted to the stuff, (thanks Amanda) and thought it might be just as nice without the tea.mrslarkin

Serves 1

  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • 3/4 cup milk, or a mug-full
  • 4 - 5 strips of orange zest
  • 2 or more teaspoons honey
  • 1 shot of Meyers's Jamaican Rum, for when you are feeling wicked-naughty (optional)
  1. Remove seeds from the cardamom pod. In a mortar and pestle, or with a meat pounder, crush the cardamom seeds.
  2. In a saucepan, or in the microwave (my large mug of milk takes 3 minutes), heat the milk, zest, cardamom seeds and honey to very hot, but not boiling. When it’s almost done, make sure to give it a stir to get all the honey mixed in. Strain the milk, reserving some zest for serving, if you like. Now pour the rum in, or not. Just want to say, it tastes real good with the rum. No pressure.
  3. If you have one, froth the hot milk with a milk frother. Or do the chai trick and pour the milk from one mug to another kinda quick-like, creating a flowing stream of milk. This way’s messier, but it works!
  4. Slowly pour into a warm mug, as you would for cappuccino. Top with reserved orange zest.
  5. Take a deep breath and let the aroma gently infuse your senses. Now exhale, relax and enjoy.
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almost 4 years ago campagnes

Ooh, this sounds absolutely wonderful.. I've just arrived at a housesitting gig, lit a fire, and am SO wishing I had some cardamom pods here because I'm whip one of these up pronto!

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you campagnes!! Hope you can get your hands on some cardamom soon!!

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

After having a hourseful of active grandkids for a couple fun-filled days, this is the PERFECT nightcap. Sitting now sipping it while watching snow softly fall outside. Thanks so much!!! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Oh, what a beautiful picture you've painted! Happy Holidays to you and yours, too, ChezSuzanne!

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almost 4 years ago lorinarlock

I love warm milk. Surprisingly I never thought of spiking it. I think we'll be capping our night tonight with a cup of this.

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Sleep tight, Lori! Let me know what you think!

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almost 4 years ago gingerroot

This is so good, I may have to enjoy one every night...even though it is 75 degrees here.

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Yay! So glad to hear the cup of good cheer has begun to runneth over in Hawai`i. ;-)

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Sounds delicious, with or without the booze. The cardamom is such a great idea!

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Liz!!

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

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Really great, mrslarkin.

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Oh, thanks, drbabs!! :)

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over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks! Hope you like it, CS!

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over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I frequently have a glass of warm milk with nutmeg sprinkled on it before I go to bed at night, so this is right up my alley! But tonight, I'm making your recipe - it sounds wonderful - even if I don't want to keep my virtue intact :-)