This fragrant Moroccan beverage is simply made with cinnamon and milk. It's a perfect choice when you want to enjoy a hot cinnamon drink without caffeine, or when you're looking for that quick and easy special something to offer children and non-coffee and non-tea drinkers at breakfast or afternoon snack time.
Nighttime is a perhaps the most popular time of day to offer beverages such as this, as warm milk has long been regarded as a sleep aid. While that hasn't been proven scientifically, it certainly can be argued by some that enjoying a glass of warm milk is a relaxing, soothing way to end a busy day.
Cinnamon has its own list of health benefits, among them the ability to help lower blood sugar levels, boost brain function, and act as an antioxidant. Of course, when enjoyed in a recipe such as this, it's the aromatic, sweet flavor that carries most of cinnamon's appeal.
In Morocco, cinnamon is referred to as . You'll need both ground cinnamon and some cinnamon bark (or stick) for the recipe below. Vanilla flavored sugar (sucre vanille in Morocco) is optional and adds a touch of flavor and sweetness.
Also enjoy the therapeutic benefits and good flavor of Hot Milk with Louiza (Lemon Verbena) and Hot Milk with Fliou (Pennyroyal).
- 1 cup milk
- 2 small pieces of cinnamon bark
- granulated sugar (or vanilla flavored sugar) to taste
- ground cinnamon, for garnish
1. Place the milk and cinnamon bark in a small saucepan and heat almost to scalding; little bubbles should just begin forming around the perimeter.
2. Remove the cinnamon bark and any skin that has formed on the surface of the milk.
3. Stir in sugar to taste.
4. If desired, use a whisk to lightly froth the surface of the milk. You can do this by quickly pivoting the whisk handle in a back-and-forth motion between your palms.
5. Pour the milk into a cup or mug and garnish with the froth and a little ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.