I love homemade festive drinks and because of this Eggnog Doodh Patti (basically chai latte) it really feels like Christmas is in the air today! Doodh Patti is basically chai made in a saucepan, which is then simmered and thickened with milk, sugar and spices. My version is dairy free.
Ahmed flew back from Karachi early yesterday morning (and woke me up with dreamy cuddles and lots of early Christmas presents) so we decided to take the decorations and the tree out of the cupboard. We’re doing a bit of present shopping today and decorating the house later tonight. If there’s one thing we love – it’s having festive drinks together, especially when we’re outdoors or up to something Christmassy at home!
With all the extra splurging that goes on during this season (and my love for chai lattes) I love making them at home and taking them out in my own festive vessels with hand-crafted cupholders. I’m sure that sounds weird and like a lot of effort but totally worth it, this is the one time of the year I actually get crafty.
Eggnog Doodh Patti (Chai Latte) & Other Festive Drinks
In light of all of the above and a need for festive drinks – I’m sharing some recipes that are on my to-drink-and-be-merry list from some of my favourite food blogs. Davida at The Healthy Maven and Lynn from Heavenlynn Healthy are always inspiring me with their amazing recipes and they are dishing out some seriously festive drinks. It’s not like you can pick up Superfood Hot Chocolate and Beetroot and Apple Glögg from any old coffee shop!
The Healthy Maven’s Superfood Hot Chocolate is basically packed with everything my mother made me eat as a child, turmeric, coconut oil and honey! These days she’s finally gotten her way, but back then if Mum had put it all into a beautiful hot chocolate recipe like this one she would have had a much easier life… More than just a chocolatey treat, Davida’s hot drink will boost your immunity all winter!
Lynn’s Glögg is a less sugary version of a go-to festive drink. German Christmas markets always have plenty of people queuing up to grab a glass of this stuff, no surprises there because it smells amazing! The red wine is optional in her rendition of this Christmas favourite and I love beetroot in my drinks.
I’m also adding Two Red Bowl’s Carrot Cake Horchata to my festive drinks repertoire. In Karachi winter was responsible for rainbow red carrots and the reason for sparkly eyes! I’m forever going through the recipes on Two Red Bowls and even though Cynthia drinks her Carrot Cake Horchata cold in the summer, it’s got Christmas spices going for it so I’m going to heat mine up for a delicious and hot festive drink!
Which brings you to my Eggnog Doodh Patti. Super creamy, thick and delicious (even if I do say so myself). To begin with I tried making this with my v’eggnog, but it didn’t work. I was looking for a way to thicken the doodh patti and got the idea to add xanthan gum from Love Me, Feed Me.
- (Serves 2)
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 2 chai teabags (or loose chai tea)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2tbsp organic brown cane sugar (or other sweetener)
- 1/2tsp vanilla essence
- 1/4tsp almond essence
- 1/8tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8tsp xanthan gum
- In a saucepan set the water on a high heat. As you see the first heat bubbles appear, throw the teabags (or loose chai tea) into the saucepan.
- Once the chai comes to a boil, add the almond milk, sugar, vanilla essence, almond essence, nutmeg, cinnamon and lower by a couple of notches. Simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes or until it comes to a frothy boil and remove.
- Pour doodh patti into a blender, add the xanthan gum and blitz for about forty seconds and serve.
- *You can use actual eggnog if you like.