Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

This hot drink pairs nicely with Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues. For a grown-up twist, spike it with brandy, bourbon, gold rum, or cinnamon schnapps. Make the steamer mixture up to a day ahead, refrigerate, then reheat when ready to serve.

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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

mary327's Review

December 15, 2012

swise1229's Review

December 14, 2011

smith3576's Review

January 04, 2011
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.

Jessnc's Review

July 06, 2010
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.

I0IcatsO's Review

February 17, 2010
As The Vanilla Takes Over...

Failb0at's Review

February 17, 2010
This was a delicious recipe! I made it for Christmas eve and morning and it was absolutely delicious! It is definitely something my wife and I will make again!

AmyDTT's Review

January 06, 2010
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.

Marybk's Review

December 31, 2009
I made this for Christmas morning, and loved it! I found it much lighter than hot chocolate, and the whole family enjoyed it. Think it will become a tradition in our family!

ChrisBellaire's Review

December 17, 2009
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!

kaesha's Review

December 15, 2009
I loved this! It's a great, soothing winter drink. I've made it twice for my husband and I, and we'll be having it again after the midnight service on Christmas Eve. It's perfect for the season!