Valley Bounty: Warm Milk Drinks

Now that we’re finally having some wintry weather, it’s time to remember the many delicious ways to enjoy warm milk. First, of course, there’s hot cocoa, best made with real cocoa, sugar, and milk (adding pureed pumpkin makes for a particularly thick and rich variation). Maple milk uses maple syrup and cinnamon, and golden milk is made with tumeric, ginger, and honey. Or make your own chai latte, using black tea, warming spices such as cinnamon and cardamom, and fresh local milk. Find recipes and sources of local ingredients on the Valley Bounty page.

Valley Bounty is written by Margaret Christie


Here’s a list of farms selling their own milk. You can also find locally bottled milk at retailers prioritizing local sourcing. The same is true for honey, available from these farms and many of the retailers listed above. This year’s local ginger and tumeric harvest is probably mostly sold, but look for Old Friend’s Farm’s ginger syrup if you did not stock your freezer with these greenhouse-grown tubers.


Here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Hot Cocoa. When I’ve made this, I’ve used considerably more pumpkin puree per cup, and mixed it all up with an immersion blender.

Golden Milk

Chai Latte

Maple Milk is too simple to require a recipe, just heat your milk and add maple syrup and cinnamon to taste.

You can also mix and match these drinks: here’s a recipe for Golden Milk Cocoa