Christmas Milk Recipe

Drink or dessert? This recipe from HOT DRINKS (Ryland Peters & Small) is like mince pie in a mug!
christmas milk recipe


Serves 4–6

A mince pie in a mug—yummy. The star decoration on top is fun, but optional—the drink tastes great either way!


    • 4 cups milk
    • 4 tablespoons raisins
    • 2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
    • 4 teaspoons clear honey
    • ½ an unwaxed orange, sliced
    • ¼ cup whipping cream
    • Cinnamon sugar, to dust
    • A piece of card and a star-shaped pastry cutter, about 2 inches in diameter


1. Using the pastry cutter as a template, carefully draw a star on the card. Use scissors to cut out the star shape to create a stencil. Set aside.

2. Put the milk, raisins, ginger, honey, and orange slices in a saucepan. Heat gently until it just reaches boiling point. Strain the mixture and divide between the cups. Lightly whip the cream until foaming and spoon it over the drinks.

3. Hold the stencil over each drink, making sure that the star shape is in the centre. Lightly dust with cinnamon sugar and remove the stencil to leave a star decoration on the whipped cream. Serve rounds of Christmas Milk immediately.

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Recipe by Louise Pickford excerpted from Hot Drinks (Ryland Peters & Small, 2017) | Photography by William Lingwood