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Dreamy Maple Sipper

Serves 2

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    This cozy winter drink is perfect for sipping by the fireside. Serve it up with our Maple Pecans. It’s soothingly delicious and creamy served hot or cold.

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    Plant milks

    We’ve suggested oat milk for an ultimate creamy beverage in our recipe. But any plant milk will be equally delicious. Other possibilities include unsweetened soy, almond, rice, and regular dairy milk products.

    Iced maple milk affogato

    A true Italian affogato is vanilla gelato or ice cream doused in espresso. In our version we place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream in a glass and douse it with our hot Dreamy Maple Sipper. Shave some dark chocolate on top and gratings of nutmeg. Serve with a tall spoon. Delicious!

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    Dreamy Maple Sipper

      Ingredients

      • 2 cups (500 mL) unsweetened oat milk
      • 2 tsp (10 mL) maple syrup
      • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) vanilla
      • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
      • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) coffee liqueur such as Bailey’s or Kahlua (optional)
      • 2 cinnamon sticks

      Directions

      01

      In small saucepan, combine milk, syrup, vanilla, and ground cinnamon. Whisk over medium heat until bubbling around edges and hot. Stir in coffee liqueur, if using. Divide between 2 mugs and serve with a cinnamon stick.

      02

      For a super creamy hot drink, pour prepared hot milk into high-speed blender such as a bullet or use a milk frother. Whirl at high speed for 30 seconds, just until foamy, and pour into mugs.

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