About 2 years ago, I had to cut caffeine and alcohol completely out of my diet – yes, it sucked. At first at least. But I had plenty of decaffeinated teas I could enjoy instead. Gradually, I could reintroduce both into my life but still tried to keep them to a minimum…. Until I found a new coffee I love! It is just a brand I found at Walmart and picked because the bag was cute, but it is delicious. As I started drinking coffee more often, I kept coming across a bunch of “fancy” coffee drink recipes. The more recipes I saw, the more I drank. Which is fine… when you’re not supposed to be limiting your caffeine intake.
A couple of weeks ago, I cut caffeine cold turkey. Just for about a week, then decided I needed a little something in the morning when I had a lot of driving. I decided on some nice black tea, but honestly I missed playing around with recipes. When I found this one, I had to try it out! And I’m glad I did because it’s delicious hot and cold! I did change it up a bit based on what I had in the house, but here it is.
What I used:
3 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 Cups milk
4 Cups water
6 black tea bags
Start by boiling your water with the cinnamon sticks in it. Once it comes to a boil, pull it off the stove. Put your tea bags in and cover it to steep for 7 minutes. This could be longer, up to 12 or even 15 minutes, to make it stronger. While the tea is steeping, heat up your milk SLOWLY on the stove. When the tea is done, take out the cinnamon sticks and tea bags. Combine the milk, tea, maple syrup, and vanilla in one pot or bowl and mix. Pour yourself a mug, top with a dollop of cool whip and a little sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!
Just a note: I made this for 2 people and still had leftovers for my breakfast in the morning. We loved this creamy drink and will definitely be playing around a little bit with different variations. Honestly, I was extremely excited to have an excuse to eat some cool whip (don’t worry, mom, I’m still eating it frozen too). What are your favorite recipes with tea and coffee? 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea!