As early as September, you start to see pumpkin spice surface here and there. What starts with just a mention here and a mention there becomes an explosion, and no matter how hard you try, you can't get away from pumpkin spice. I love a good holiday drink. Who doesn't, but does it always have to be pumpkin spice? I have to be honest; I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin spice. So, what does someone like me do when everywhere you turn, all you see is pumpkin? In case the rest of the world forgot, there is an alternative, cinnamon. Cinnamon is such a common spice that I think we take it for granted. I thought I would take a moment and share some information about this delicious spice. While it's been around for a long time, cinnamon adds a lot of character and delicious flavor to food and drinks.
Where Did Cinnamon Originate?
Originally cinnamon was discovered in Sri Lanka and South India. The bark of the tree is what is used for the spice. It's a tropical plant. Although it can withstand cooler temperatures, the ideal climate for growing is sunny and warm. They can grow in the U.S and are usually produced in greenhouses. When the tree grows and is ready for harvest, it's cut at the base. The bark is what is used to make cinnamon. When the bark is dried, it naturally rolls up. Once it's dried and rolled, it's sometimes ground. Cinnamon is an excellent addition to any drink, especially holiday drinks. So if you want something a little different than the traditional pumpkin spice, we invite you to discover the possibilities cinnamon can offer.
Recipes for Holiday Drinks with Cinnamon
Cinnamon Chai Latte
- Hackberry's Warm Vanilla Chai
Steam milk with Chai tea. Remove leaves add cinnamon and honey to taste. For 8 ounces, use three teaspoons of Chai, flavor with cinnamon to your liking, as well as honey to sweeten.
Cinnamon Herbal Latte
- Hackberry's Banana Bread Honeybush
- Maple Syrup
- Vanilla Extract
Steam 3 teaspoons of Banana Bread Honeybush with 8 oz of milk. Make sure to strain the used leaves. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to your liking, and enjoy.