Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
8 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Ground cinnamon (optional)
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
How to Make It
Combine the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Add cinnamon sticks to milk mixture; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not boil). Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes. Stir in extracts. Place pan over medium-high heat; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Garnish with ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
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We loved this! We made it with Splenda instead of sugar. It is a little sweet (which intensified each day it was in the fridge); you could decrease the sugar amount. We added brandy to some of it. Just a tad gave a great flavor without tasting too boozy. We will definitely make it again.
I made this recipe as it was written and thought it was absolutely delicious. The flavors were reminiscent of rice pudding and as another reviewer mentioned, it makes for a good hot chocolate substitute when you want something a little lighter. This is definitely an appropriate drink for a special occasion/breakfast/chilly winter afternoon.
I love the Vanilla Steamers from coffee stands, and I think this is far better than what I am served there! The almond is a nice flavor addition to the vanilla but does not overpower the drink. I'm not a fan of cinnamon in my drinks so I omitted. Next time, I think I may top it with some whip cream - lowfat of course. We will definitely be making this on a regular basis.
This was really a disappointing drink. Served it at a Christmas dessert party and no one asked for seconds. Lots of people left half in their cup. It was too sweet and, since I added cinnamon schnapps, it was overpoweringly cinnamon tasting. UGH!