Forget expensive coffee shops—you can enjoy fancy drinks at home without ever taking off your bathrobe. Try these delicious combinations:
Heat 1 cup milk. Add one chai tea bag and 1 tablespoon hazelnut or vanilla syrup (available at coffee shops and natural products stores). Steep for 3 minutes. Makes 1 cup.
Saffron-scented green tea
Pour barely boiling water into a 2-cup teapot. Add 2 teaspoons green tea
(or two tea bags) and a pinch of saffron threads. Steep for 3 minutes and strain. Add lemon and sweetener, if desired. Makes two mugs or four teacups.
Peppermint white hot chocolate
Heat 3-1/2 cups skim milk until simmering. Reduce heat to low and add 8 ounces white chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract. Stir until chocolate melts. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream. Makes three mugs.
Place 1 teaspoon ground cardamom in enough ground coffee beans for 6 cups. Brew according to coffee-maker directions. Serve in espresso cups and top with cream and sugar, if desired. Makes 6 cups.