Cozy Sips
Warm Beverages to Warm Up With This Season

Winter in Minnesota is the perfect time to snuggle up with a cozy drink and your favorite indoorsy activity. If you’re looking for an earthy and slightly sweet drink, try our recipe for a Warm Vanilla Tea Latte. If you’re seeking something with more of a spiced undertone, try our Hot Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Tea. Both beverages are sure to keep you warm and cozy this season.


Warm Vanilla Matcha Tea Latte

Serves 2


1¼ teaspoons Matcha tea powder

½ cup whipping cream

1 tablespoons granulated sugar

1½ cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup hot water


In a medium-sized bowl, whip together ¼ teaspoon of the matcha powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, and ½ cup whipping cream with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Place matcha cream in the refrigerator until ready to use. In a small saucepan, warm 1½ cups milk over medium heat on the stovetop and remove from the heat right before it simmers. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a small bowl with ½ cup hot water and whisk until frothy. Stir in the vanilla and the warmed milk. Divide into two large mugs and top with the matcha cream. Serve warm and enjoy!


Hot Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Tea

Serves 2


2 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

3 black tea bags

1 cup milk 

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons maple syrup

Dash of cinnamon powder



Combine 2 cups of water and cinnamon sticks into a small saucepan and bring to a boil on the stovetop. Remove the saucepan from heat and add 3 black tea bags. Cover the pan and steep tea for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of milk and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract to a small saucepan and heat on the stovetop until warmed. Immediately remove the milk from the heat and set aside. Optional, froth the milk with a handheld milk frother at this point and set aside. Remove the cinnamon sticks and tea bags from the steeped tea saucepan and stir in 2 teaspoons maple syrup and the warmed milk. Divide the tea into two large mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Amy Krause

Amy is the Rochester artist behind A. Krause Studio. Her work explores self care advocacy, mental health awareness, social justice issues and cultivating kindness. Her work is available on Etsy ( and Instagram (akrausestudio).

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