Toast the Holidays with Lattes

   Two-time National Barista Champion Heather Perry has partnered with GOT MILK? to give drink enthusiasts another option to toasting the holidays with family and friends.  Perry’s homemade latte recipes are economical and easy to make. In addition, the main ingredient in the lattes—milk—contains vitamins and calcium needed for strong bones, muscles, teeth, hair and nails.

   “Lattes are flavorful, festive and easy to make,” said the 2007 and 2003 United States barista champ.  “Serving lattes during the holidays is perfect because they bring comfort to guests as family and friends reminisce on memories of the past year.”  

   Perry, a California native, said people don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an espresso machine to make the perfect latte. Making a strong brewed coffee with a coffee press or moka pot is all that latte enthusiasts need, she said.  Plus, people can easily find the basic latte ingredients such as coffee, chocolate and milk in their kitchens. Available exclusively on www.gotmilk.com/recipes, Perry shares favorite holiday latte recipes:

Tres Leches Latte

Hot Latte Recipe

8 ounces milk       

2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk       

2 ounces fresh espresso or strong brewed coffee   

4 ounces heavy whipping cream           

2 tablespoons powdered sugar    To finish: whipped cream and maraschino cherry

   Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar and whip until they form stiff peaks. In a mug, combine freshly brewed espresso and sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Steam milk and pour on espresso. Top with a scoop of fresh whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Holiday Frozen Hot Chocolate

Cold Latte Recipe

8 ounces milk

2 tablespoons powdered non-dairy creamer

3 tablespoons powdered chocolate (If you don’t have powdered chocolate, you can make your own by combining 2 parts sugar to one part cocoa powder)

16 ounces ice

   To finish: whipped cream and sprinkles

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.  

Tofee Mocha

Hot Latte Recipe

1 crushed toffee bar

2 ounces espresso or strongly brewed coffee

1 tablespoons chocolate

10 ounces milk

   Combine espresso and 2/3 toffee bar, stirring until toffee bar is almost completely dissolved.   Add chocolate and stir until combined.  Top with warmed milk and stir until combined.  Top with whipped cream and remaining crushed heath bar.

Eggnog Latte

Hot Latte Recipe

6 ounces milk

6 ounces eggnog (store bought works fine)

2 ounces espresso or strong brewed coffee

   Warm milk and eggnog together by either steaming or warming on stove.  Put espresso at bottom of cup and top with eggnog mixture.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hot Latte Recipe

2 ounces espresso or strong brewed coffee

2 tablespoons pumpkin pie mix out of the can

8 ounces milk

  Combine espresso and pumpkin pie and mix well.  The nice thing about the pumpkin pie mix is it already has all the spices needed.  If you only have canned pumpkin use 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.  Top with warmed milk and enjoy this traditional holiday treat.

Peppermint Mocha Martini

Cold Latte Recipe

2 ounces espresso or strong brewed coffee

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

2 tablespoons crushed peppermints - divided

8 ounces milk

1 cup ice

   Begin by dipping the rim of your martini glass in water, then dip the rim in 1 tablespoon of crushed peppermint.  In a martini shaker place your fresh espresso shots, chocolate and peppermint.  Stir until chocolate and peppermint are dissolved.  Then add milk and ice and shake vigorously.  Strain into martini glass and enjoy this refreshing, minty drink! 

  “Perry’s festive, calcium-rich lattes are the perfect way to cap off a holiday celebration or to enjoy as a comforting winter treat,” said Steve James, executive director of the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK? “Through her recipes, Perry shows how milk can be part of the season’s festivities with family and friends.”

   
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