Hot drinks from home (part two)

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Day 11: Who doesn’t love festive drinks?

2020 has been difficult for many, there is no denying that. People have lost on holidays and concerts (Thanks Corona), even simply meeting a friend for a coffee and a catch has become just that bit more difficult.

If 2020 has taken away your ability to go for a coffee (Lockdowns, Covid-19 and the tier systems being just some of the reasons), here are some festive cuppas inspired by your favourite coffee chains. Lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t cosy up with a Christmas drink so here are our alternative recipes. Feel free to make alterations to make your perfect version.

1) Biscoffe Latte

First up is the Biscoffe latte. The mugs I used were very big so my measurements weren’t quite enough to create a big portion but it was still delicious.

Image Credit: AJ Whyte

You will need:

  1. ½ cup milk 
  2. 1 tablespoon brown sugar 
  3. 1 tablespoon Biscoff spread
  4. 1 cup coffee

Heat milk and brown sugar in a small saucepan until frothy, close to simmering. Reduce heat to low. Whisk in biscoff, then mix in the coffee.

2) Cinnamon Cappuccino

The next recommended drink is the cinnamon cappuccino. This is a quintessential Christmas flavour and perfect to cosy up with a proper festive film (I recommend Elf).

Image Credit: AJ Whyte

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cocoa powder

In a small saucepan, bring the milk, vanilla and cinnamon just to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy, about 1 minute. In a mug combine the coffee and the milk mixture. Sprinkle with the cocoa and serve.

3) Chocolate Orange hot chocolate

The third and final drink, and perhaps my favourite is a Chocolate Orange hot chocolate. This drink is absolutely delicious, a proper luxurious drink. Perfect for Christmas Eve.

Image Credit: AJ Whyte

You will need:

  • 1/2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • approx. 4 pieces of a chocolate orange, broken into pieces, plus extra to serve
  • approx. 3 sqaures of dark chocolate, chopped

In a small saucepan whisk the cornflour with a little of the milk to make a paste, then tip in the remaining milk and both chocolates.

Slowly heat the mixture, whisking occasionally, until the chocolates have melted and mixture has thickened slightly. Be patient. This step takes a while for the mixture to thicken. 

Top with squirty cream and some Chocolate Orange.

Feature image credit: Kitchen Craft

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