This warming cardamom milk is a cosy drink perfect as a pick-me-up on a cold winter day. Very easy to make, it has just three ingredients and comes together in less than ten minutes.
Warming drinks always feel like a much-needed treat in the colder months, whether it's one of the many low histamine teas to enjoy or my popular honey ginger warm milk. All so easy to make, and quite healthy too!
This warm milk and cardamom, which has its roots in the Indian drink Elaichi Doodh, is full of flavour as the spice has quite a pungent taste that is so delicious. Enjoy with breakfast or as a mid-afternoon treat!
Why this recipe is so good
Delicious hints of spice. Cardamom has a unique flavour that feels very cosy and warming.
Versatile. Enjoy with breakfast, or as an 11am or 3pm pick-me-up!
Quick and easy. We use just three ingredients, and it takes minutes to come together!
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
The main ingredients you will need are:
- Non-dairy milk - you can use the type that suits you best. Each will flavour the drink slightly differently, and personally I think that oat milk or almond milk are particularly delicious!
- Cardamom - the powder that you can get hold of quite easily in the store rather than cardamom pods (unless you wish to prepare and grind yourself).
- Honey - the pouring liquid honey rather than set honey.
Swaps and variations
Use the type of milk that works best for you. There are many types of non-dairy milk, so choose the one you like best!
Swap honey for maple syrup. If you are vegan, or simply aren't keen on honey, then maple syrup can also be used.
Small pot - to heat the milk in.
Whisk - to infuse the spice into the milk.
Strainer - to help remove any gritty spice left in the milk before serving.
Step by step instructions
Making this cardamom milk is very simple, with just a few steps:
Pour your milk into a small pot and sprinkle in the cardamom powder. Heat on low-medium, whisking occasionally so the spice infuses into the milk.
Turn off the heat and drizzle the honey into the milk. Whisk to dissolve the honey.
Place a small sieve over your cups and pour the milk through. Dust with a little cardamom powder if you like. Serve immediately and enjoy.
Recipe tips and notes
- Adjust the amount of cardamom to taste. This recipe gives a hint of spice without being overpowering. But if you like spice, then add another half or full teaspoon!
- Heat the milk, but don't boil. I suggest heating to a warm temperature but not boiling as this can change the taste.
- Don't skip the sieving step! While you can serve as is, I think straining is helpful to remove any gritty aspect of the spices in the milk.
Frequently asked questions
Cardamom has a light spicy and floral flavour, with a hint of pepper.
Yes, maple syrup works well as a swap for honey.
You can use a spoon, but I do find that using a whisk helps infuse the cardamom into the milk more effectively.
More warming drinks to try
Find lots of cosy drinks for breakfast or a mid-afternoon treat, including these favourite recipes:
- 2 cups non-dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1 teaspoon honey
- In a small pot, heat the milk and sprinkle in the cardamom. Whisk to help the spice infuse into the milk and heat on low-medium for about five minutes until it is warm but hasn't come to a boil.
- Take off the heat and drizzle in the honey. Whisk to help it dissolve into the milk.
- Place a small strainer over your cups and pour the milk through. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Adjust the amount of cardamom to taste. The half teaspoon gives a hint of spice, but you can add a pinch more if you prefer it to be more pungent.
- Personally I find that warming the milk but not boiling is better. Boiling can cause the milk to have a different taste.
- Don't skip straining the milk! This helps remove any gritty bits of spice that may be in the milk.
- cardamom scores 0, but has a note that some varieties may not be well tolerated. Other lists rate it as low histamine.
- non-dairy milk has various scores.