Recipes. We gots recipes, Bees. With sprits. Oh, it’s gonna be fun.
Betcha didn’t even CONSIDER how awesome a nut milk would be all warmed up, did you. Course not. It’s Vegas. And with weather that’s more Truman Show than Polar Express, sometimes it’s hard to remember winter exists. (Don’t be hatin’, Colorado. We’re sorry about your early storms, and for so much more.)
But (hand to forehead, in gorgeously dramatic fashion)…as Las Vegans, do we not get cold?
Does our skin not sting with December air’s brisk chill like the rest of the country’s?
Do we not pine for a fire’s gentle glow…even if it’s an electric one on someone’s plasma?
Look, we can crave warmth and cuddles as much as a cat in an ice bucket. We’re human. And when we do, here’s what we do, and what we want you to do, too: Take your fave nut milk (or pick from a few choice juices) and warm ‘em the eff up. For real! Do it in 20- second increments in a microwave, or gently on the stove as you whisk your elixir to its optimum temp. You’ll fall in love with a flavor all over again in its same-yet-ante-upped state.
Not every cold-pressed juice flavor plays nice with heat. But if you like mulled cider and wine, or even broth, a few work better than others:
• Bee Royal rocks out when hot. Think all-natural Theraflu, and then forget about Theraflu and just concentrate on the awesomeness of drinking Bee Royal warm. Lemon can really withstand heat, so if you’re sick or just want something soothing at night, go ahead and spike your Royal or keep it G-rated by warming it up in a mug and calling it a night. (Insider Intel: To turn it into a party-worthy pseudo-hot toddy, see our recipe below the post.)
• Bee Grateful is sublime when the chill’s taken off, and if you heat it gently, you’ll maintain the nuance of the effort that Marcella and Jamie put into making the recipe. (Insider Intel: For a warm and wintry nightcap for grownups, see our recipe below for some sweetly spiced love-in-a-mug.)
• And, of course, heat any of our nutmilks and you’ll achieve Confection Perfection…but don’t stop there. Bee creative! A few drops of peppermint oil (which we happen to like buying from here) in Bee Happy becomes minty hot chocolate; warmed-up Bee Legendary becomes the fastest golden milk recipe in all the land (and we alllll know how kickass turmeric is for us from what we learned last month, right?); and Bee Magnificent…well, she plays nice with others and is damn perfect on her own two feet. As every woman should be.
So, Bees. If you wanna feel like you’re insulated with kitten fur, raise your internal comfort quotient and gentlyheat these cold-pressed beauties. Don’t bee wasting time waiting for the sun to shine. Beecause even though in this neck of the woods it’ll be high in the sky come March, seize our wintry days.
The Royal Treatment
For generations, a solid hot toddy has been a go-to cap after a long, cold night…but it’s also superb if you’re under the weather. This mixture will relax a cough as much as your body, and Angostura Bitters can be excellent for soothing and upset belly. Makes one drink.
In a mug or heat-safe glass, add the ¼ cup of Bee Royal to 2 ounces of high-quality bourbon (High West, W.L. Weller, Blantons work well). Then, add raw local honey, one teaspoon at a time, until it hits your sweet spot. If using, top with a healthy dash of bitters. And if the drink’s cooled off too much since you started making it, microwave in 20-second increments before serving.
The Gussied-Up Grateful
There’s something special about getting dressed for the holidays, and our Bee Grateful feels the same! Accessorized in scents of allspice, cinnamon and clove, our humble little juice turns party ready on a moment’s notice with some pantry staples and super good rum. Makes one drink. (Hint: For your next soiree, buy a Singleton Six-Pack of Bee Grateful, up the proportions and keep this recipe warm in a crock pot all night long.)
In a small saucepan, combine 2 ounces of your favorite spiced rum with ¾ cup of Bee Grateful, 1/2 teaspoon of St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram, one cinnamon stick, one whole clove, and a healthy dash of Angostura Bitters. Heat until just under a boil, strain out the clove and serve with the cinnamon stick.