So, I have a very dear friend who cannot have chocolate.
Let us pause for a moment of solemn contemplation, as we realize this includes hot cocoa.
Lamentations and woe! Seriously!
For winter happiness, it’s very important to have a hot drink, so here’s an instant nutmeggy nog mix that tested very well in our little cottage (among those who will attempt to drink nog, anyhow). It’s actually egg-free, so it doesn’t have that weird slimy quality, but it’s quite delightfully vanilla-y and nutmeggy, and you could certainly add some cinnamon if you like.
Mix this in a good-sized soup pot; it’s not so huge a batch as the cocoa mix, so you can spoon it into a quart jar if you’re willing to give it some taps and shakes to settle it in.
Instant Nutmeg Nog
- 4 cups instant non-fat milk
- 3.4 oz packet of instant vanilla pudding
- 1/3 cup powdered French vanilla coffee creamer
- heaping 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
As with the hot cocoa mix, you’ll use about 1 tablespoon of mix for each 2 ounces of water (1/4 cup mix for 6 ounces hot water, 4 tablespoons mix for 8 ounces hot water).
I don’t have a snapshot of the nog, so here’s an older picture of the Spicy Child, contemplating the goodness of hot vanilla-y, nutmeggy winter drinks topped with a bit of real whipped cream: