Cardamom Milk

Warm Cardamom Milk

We spent last night sitting in the high school football stadium, freezing our butts off. My daughter is in the marching band so we had to go, and, man, was it cold! (She’s only in 6th grade, but it’s a small school so everyone’s in the marching band.) I had her bundled up in 4 layers of clothes as though she was going on an antarctic expedition. Tights, long socks, leggings, pants, and another pair of socks – but still her toes got cold by the second quarter. I was ready to save the day with toe warmers I pulled out of my purse like a rabbit from a hat, though. Yay for Mom!

The director let them go after half time, which I was happy about both for bedtime (it was a school night) and temperature reasons….

Of course, when we got home some hot tasty beverage was in order, so both kids got some hot cocoa before bed. I wasn’t able to have any, obviously, but felt like I would like to join them in a hot tasty beverage too – something other than tea – and so decided on warm cardamom milk.

Cardamom has a taste that’s slightly gingery – it always reminds me of ginger when I drink it. The milk gets naturally sweeter when it’s warmed, and with a bit of honey it becomes a soothing, spicy, slightly sweet drink. I think using whole milk makes a big difference –  sweeter and creamier than reduced fat. Now – it’s not a hot chocolate “substitute,” so you can’t think of it like that or you won’t like it. It’s a completely different drink, good in its own unique way. Expect a taste that’s slightly exotic – like something you’d drink if you were an Englishman living in India or something!

This can be as simple as just cardamom and milk, or you can change it up. Honey or Stevia as a sweetener? Cocoa powder? Other spices like cinnamon or nutmeg? You can change it up however you like. I personally like a small amount of honey and dark cocoa in mine.

I need to warn you that this has a definite soporific effect. Back before I started this diet and still had a hard time sleeping, I used to drink this before bed all the time. It’s not like a sleeping pill, but it definitely chills you out. Last night, 15 minutes after I finished the drink I felt all my muscles go limp and my brain start to shut down. It really is rather powerful. So if you have trouble shutting down at night to get to sleep, drinking this before bed might help. If you’re not wanting to go to bed, though, you might want to hold off!

Warm Cardamom Milk

  • 1 mug hot whole milk
  • 1 or 2 shakes cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey or a pinch of Stevia (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dark cocoa powder (optional)
  • drop of unsweetened vanilla extract (optional)
  • Other spices like cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg (optional)

Put the ingredients you’re adding to the milk in the bottom of a mug. If you’re heating it in the microwave, fill the mug with milk and then heat for 1-2 minutes. If you’re heating the milk on the stove, then simply pour the hot milk on top of the ingredients. Stir it up and enjoy!