Sometimes you just need a simple little treat and sometimes you're pleasantly surprised that you have all you need for it. The days are finally getting cold here, or at least what Californians deem as cold. I wanted something for my little and I so I put the kettle on and steeped a bag of Harvest Pumpkin Black Tea. Once it was ready, I poured it into the blender along with eggnog, raw honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of black pepper. I blended it for half a minute until it become light and frothy. I poured it into a glass, put it in the microwave to reheat, and it was perfect. Finn had his (cooled) in his own glass and straw and quickly downed it. I enjoyed mine a bit longer. All the flavor of eggnog without the heaviness and having the warmth of a good spiced tea. Next time I might try mixing and whisking the tea, eggnog and spices in a saucepan to eliminate putting it in the microwave. And dusting the top with additional cinnamon. A nice 'come Winter' treat.
I just made it again, over the stop top. Here is the recipe:
Tea & Eggnog
2 cups brewed black tea
2 cups egg nog
1 tablespoon raw honey (add more for a sweeter version)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of black pepper
Add all the ingredients into a small pot over medium heat. Mix well and whisk for about 3-5 minutes.
Serve with whip cream on top and an additional sprinkling of cinnamon if it suits you :)
note: I did like the frothiness achieved by putting in the blender the first time I made it. Also, you have to whisk really well in order for the spices to properly mix in. The blender might be a good option for that as well. If it's allowed to sit for too long, the spices will get heavy and fall to the bottom of the mug. Use your own tastes and play with the spices. You might find that you enjoy it with a little less. :)