5 Ingredients or Fewer

Milk and Honey

March 16, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves 1
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, and thought it might be just as nice without the tea. —mrslarkin

What You'll Need
  • 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 is 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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14 Reviews

campagnes December 27, 2010
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!
mrslarkin December 28, 2010
Thank you campagnes!! Hope you can get your hands on some cardamom soon!!
TheWimpyVegetarian December 23, 2010
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.
mrslarkin December 23, 2010
Oh, what a beautiful picture you've painted! Happy Holidays to you and yours, too, ChezSuzanne!
Lori L. December 20, 2010
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.
mrslarkin December 20, 2010
Sleep tight, Lori! Let me know what you think!
gingerroot December 18, 2010
This is so good, I may have to enjoy one every night...even though it is 75 degrees here.
mrslarkin December 18, 2010
Yay! So glad to hear the cup of good cheer has begun to runneth over in Hawai`i. ;-)
Lizthechef December 18, 2010
Sounds delicious, with or without the booze. The cardamom is such a great idea!
mrslarkin December 18, 2010
Thanks, Liz!!
drbabs December 18, 2010
Really great, mrslarkin.
mrslarkin December 18, 2010
Oh, thanks, drbabs!! :)
mrslarkin April 25, 2010
Thanks! Hope you like it, CS!
TheWimpyVegetarian April 25, 2010
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 :-)