Thursday, August 1, 2013

Favorite Hot Drink

Disclosure - (Mommy Hearts Coffee is my old blog and I pulled all of the blog posts for this month from it so that I have all my NaBloPoMo posts for the full month here on this blog.)

Today begins NaBloPoMo for the month of August.  Blogher chose "Hot," as the topic for the month.  I am excited about this topic for so many reasons.  A lot of the prompts that Blogher has provided - give you insight not only to myself, but to my blog as well.  I hope we can enjoy this month together! 
Mothers are those wonderful people who can get up in the morning before the smell of coffee. ~Author Unknown

As I am sure all of you have guessed - my choice 'hot drink' is coffee.  But, not just any hot cup of coffee will do for this mommy of three wild children.  No - the hot frothy drink I swoon over is a Starbucks 'Gingerbread Latte' that they offer in the winter.

However, I found an awesome reproduction that I am sure anyone of you would absolutely positively float to a blissful heaven after tasting, here.   Here is the spectacular recipe!

Homemade Gingerbread Latte


1 cup milk, steamed
1 cup very strong coffee (4 tablespoons coffee grounds to 1 cup of hot water, I prepared this in my French Press, but you can brew a strong drip pot if you prefer)
1 tablespoon white sugar (can omit if you prefer a drink that is less sweet)
1 tablespoon gingerbread syrup (you can use the recipe provided below)
Whipped cream (optional)
Ground Cloves (sprinkled for topping, optional) or Festive Sprinkles (sprinkled for topping, these just aren’t optional)


Prepare your hot water in a kettle. Add four tablespoons of your favorite coffee grounds to your French Press. Pour 1 cup of hot water over them and allow the coffee to steep for four minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
In a pot, heat up one cup of milk until it is steaming. Froth the milk with a wire whisk or an immersion blender until it is nice and foamy.
In your coffee cup, add your coffee syrup and white sugar. Pour your coffee over the gingerbread syrup & sugar and then stir well with a spoon until the gingerbread syrup dissolves and the spices are incorporated well. Pour the milk foam over the top of the coffee/mocha mixture and stir again to incorporate. Allow it to merry together for a minute or two and then mix once more. Top with whipped cream and festive sprinkles or a dusting of ground cloves.
Be Merry.
Note- This is just a base recipe that can be played with to your own tastes and preferences. It is meant to be personalized depending on how you like your latte!
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

You absolutely MUST try it!

I am curious to hear from the HnC Tribe - What is your favorite hot drink?  Do you have any special memories or traditions when it comes to tea or coffee, or perhaps another hot drink like chai?  I would love your input and to connect in the blogverse.  Feel free to post a link to your blog in addition to any comments you have!  I love getting feed back!  And I will follow in return! 

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