Steamed, frothed, or foamed, hot milk is a key ingredient in many popular beverages, across various cultures. Milk steamers, eggnog, coffee, or hot chocolate – milk is a common denominator in all because it is convenient to find all over the world and rich in nutrients, but also because it's usage is culturally passed down from one generation to the next.
And nowadays, with an increasing number of people transitioning to a dairy-free living, steamers made with non-dairy milk alternatives are fairly common in most cafes. You'll find some options if you aren't a dairy consumer.
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Milk steamers are a blend of steamed, frothy, hot milk and any flavor. Dare to try new spices in your milk like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, or even black pepper, and sweeteners like molasses, honey, agave or date syrup.
This collection of milk steamer recipes includes traditional steamers with gingerbread or vanilla flavors and one with honey that imparts a calming sweetness. The collection also features dairy-free steamer recipes with coconut milk for the lactose intolerant or vegan.
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Eggnog recipes are varied but they all have in common a dairy base and eggs. Although commonly non-alcoholic, eggnogs take on splashes of liquor for more festive and adult variations. Whether you like your eggnog cooked or "raw," with or without alcohol, in single-servings or large batches, you'll find one to fall in love with in our collection.
If vegans are in the house or there's an egg allergy, try our vegan eggless nog.
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Chocolate, when not ultra-processed and packed with sugar, is a delicious and healthy addition to beverages and desserts. Many cuisines add it as a component in savory dishes, but it's usually known as a sweet treat. Buy good chocolate and be willing to pay more for it; if it's good, you don't need much of it to satisfy your cravings.
The hot chocolate recipes in our collection use melted chocolate and hot milk to make incredibly comforting, warming drinks. Add other ingredients to spice up the flavors. From classic hot chocolate recipes like Mexican hot chocolate to heavy and thick Spanish hot chocolate, there's something for everyone.
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Tea is a staple from the Middle East to East Asia, India to Britain. While most westerners drink coffee when taking a break, most other cultures gather around a cup of tea to enjoy some quiet time. Try a Yin-Yang coffee-tea or a tea latte.
Because some teas are caffeine-free, these beverages are a great alternative if you can't handle too much caffeine or you need a soothing drink before bedtime. Our collection of milk and tea recipes brings you English, Thai and Indian variations.