Almond Cocoa
Submitted by: Barbiel
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
5 drops almond extract
dash of pepper
In a medium saucepan stir together sugar and cocoa powder. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until warm. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and almond extract. Spice with pepper. Serves 2.

Masala Chai
Submitted by: Barbiel
2 whole cloves
1 cardamon pod
1/2 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 1/2 cups water
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
dash of fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared black tea (or instant)
whipped cream to garnish (optional)
In a mortar, crush the cloves, cardamom pod and cinnamon. Transfer the crushed spices to a small saucepan, add the water, ginger and pepper and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add the milk and brown sugar to the pan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the tea. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir the chai, then strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups. Garnish with whipped cream, if you desire (optional). Makes 2 servings.
Note: Easy to prepare by steeping spices in hot water and milk before adding black tea.

Cinnamon Tea
Submitted by: Barbiel
2 cups water
2- 4 inch long cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon sugar
dash of pepper
In a small saucepan combine the water, das of pepper and the cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook about 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks from the water . Stir in the sugar. Boil one minute more before serving. Makes 2 servings.

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