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Hot Vanilla Milk

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This Hot Vanilla Milk recipe is one of these fun drinks to make when it is cold outside and you want to warm up your entire self. My entire family loves this drink when we want to enjoy a hot beverage.

Made with milk and vanilla in just minutes and lovely with a dollop of whipped cream. We love to enjoy these in front of the fire.


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Why This Hot Vanilla Recipe

The other evening the wind was blowing and the temperature was so cold, this warm winter drink was the perfect beverage to defrost the body. This easy homemade vanilla drink makes a great winter drink idea for everyone but can be changed up a bit for an adult cocktail too.

When my kids were younger, they loved the hot vanilla drinks that were available at the coffee shop, and this version tastes even better since it is NOT made with a powdered sugar mix and a ton of extra sugar.

Hot Vanilla Milk Drink

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Hot Vanilla Recipe Ingredients

Milk – We make our version 2% milk, but you can use whole milk if you want. You can also use lactose-free milk. I imagine you can make it with soy or almond milk, but I have not tried that yet. 

Vanilla – I use a quality pure vanilla extract.

Sugar – Just a little granulated sugar to sweeten it up.

Ground Cinnamon 

Whipped Cream – optional for topping.

Hot Vanilla Milk ingredients

How To Make Vanilla Milk

  1. In a saucepan add milk, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Heat on low heat stirring often.
  3. Test temperature and serve warm.
  4. Be careful not to overcook.

How To Make Hot Vanilla Milk


:Warm up with this hot drink recipe for Hot Vanilla Milk. So good and easy to make.

It’s a nice warm winter drink for everyone as is. If you want to add a little Irish Cream to it for the adults, it makes a nice hot toddy with a splash.


A tasty hot vanilla recipe that is a nice alternative to hot chocolate.

Pro Tips and Timesaver Shortcuts

  • Be sure to watch the milk when heating it on low heat. You do not want to scald it. 

Variations, Notes, and Substitutions

  • You can make a cold vanilla drink by mixing the ingredients in a large glass.
  • You can use almond or soy milk for this recipe.

More Family-Friendly Drink Recipes

Nutella Hot Chocolate – A lovely hot cocoa recipe with the sweet hazelnut flavor of Nutella.

Pink Strawberry Milk – A lovely drink made with real strawberries and no artificial coloring. Really tasty!

Hot Apple Cider – Apples and cinnamon make this a comforting drink any time of year.

By the way, I love serving these hot drinks in these glasses. There is just something extra special about being able to see the hot (or cold) drink in these pretty clear glasses. We use them all the time for festive drinks.

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Hot Vanilla Drink Recipe

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Hot Vanilla Milk

Course Drink
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 152kcal


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • whipped cream


  • Pour milk in sauce pan over low heat.
  • Add vanilla, sugar, milk, and cinnamon.
  • Heat until just hot.
  • Pour into cups and top with whipped cream.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 322mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 276mg

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