How to Froth Milk at Home

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Shaken, not stirred. 

I am in a constant pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee. I have tried so many various methods of coffee creating: drip, French press, Keurig, and so on… The best method of coffee creating– in my opinion– is the pour-over method. It is more hands-on than the typical Mr. Coffee drip, but the result is amazing. And, the quality of coffee the Chemex produces cannot be surpassed. It is my far my most used kitchen item and my most beloved kitchen item. If you were marooned on an island… yep.. Chemex. Hands down, every time.

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Each morning after I awaken, I have grand dreams. I sip on my habitual cup of java and I lose myself to my imagination. One day, I will have perfected my homemade cup of Joe. One day, I will buy a steamer for my milk to make a perfect cappuccino… One day, I will have an awesome coffee bar in the corner of my kitchen…

And then I wake up to reality. I am unable to justify spending over $1,000 on a tool that takes up counter space and furthermore, means I’ve spent $1,000 that I am not spending on truly needed items, or putting away in my piggy bank. And, really, the same mentality goes into going out for coffee every day. Each $5.00 cappuccino really adds up over the course of a week… a month… a year…

As a result of these realities, my quest for creating the perfect cup continues. Even though nothing compares to perfectly steamed milk created using a fancy machine with an Italian name I can barely pronounce, this method to creating frothed milk is a really great alternative. I have used handheld whisk frothers and, although they are effective, I have found that it’s very difficult to lighten my beloved whole milk.

Now, shaking up milk in jelly jars (or mason jars… or pasta sauce jars) is really able to give the lift needed to whole milk that my handheld frother can’t. If only a little bit of shaking here and there did the bit of lifting here and there that my mom-bod needs. 

 

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This method is easy. It takes less than 3 minutes and you have a deliciously homemade cappuccino that costs pennies on the dollar. So, this weekend, skip the lines at the cafe and stay home and do laundry. Or, really, don’t… just make a second cappuccino and eat Nutella from a spoon. Because weekend.

Homemade Frothed Milk
Yields: 1 serving
Time: Less than 3 minutes

homemade frothed milk via bacon is the way to happiness

 

Ingredients & Tools:
1/2 cup of milk
Large jelly jar

Directions: 
1. Pour the milk into the jelly jar and make sure it does not pass too far beyond halfway, screw lid on tightly. Vigorously shake the jar for about 30 seconds… it should appear to fill the entire jar.
2. Remove the lid of the jar and place immediately into the microwave for 30 seconds. Keep an eye to make sure that foam doesn’t overflow!
3. Immediately add to coffee and enjoy!

frothed milk via bacon is the way to happiness

 

Jardesca California Aperitiva

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Imagine opening a bottle of springtime. It is crisp and fresh. It is light and airy. It is sweet and dry. Its citrusy acidity dances on the tongue. This bottle is Jardesca California Apertiva and it is the perfect introduction to your evening.

As Jardesca California Aperitiva is an aperitif, its sole existence is to be the origin of your night, to prepare you for what is to come. Because of it, your evening will surely begin on a high note.

It can be enjoyed in countless fashions. A myriad of flavors can come together to exemplify the current season (see below).  Or, as I prefer, you can enjoy it in an unadulterated fashion, simply poured over ice.

It is the very first aperitif to be from California. It is blended from three white wines and is handcrafted in Sonoma.

I was so very lucky to be asked to review this libation and I must be very honest, it is simply lovely. I cannot wait to get my hands on more! Be sure to click here for information on where to buy  Jardesca California Aperitiva or how to purchase it online. (SRP $30)

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Jardesca Ruby Sparkler
From Bay Area mixologist and winemaker Duggan McDonnell

 3 oz Jardesca
1 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2 Sparkling Moscato

Stir, fill glass with ice, garnish with floating pomegranate seeds and a sprig of mint

 

Winter Garden Cobbler
From Christopher Long, Campo Fina & Libations Unlimited (Healdsburg)

1 muddled kumquat
3 oz. Jardesca
1-2 oz. Amontillado dry sherry
grapefruit or orange zest

Muddle the kumquat, then add the Jardesca, sherry and ice. Stir, then garnish with the orange or grapefruit zest.