A Valentine’s Day Beverage with a Cool Coloring Agent

By Amanda Rose | Half Pint Fun

Feb 10

The Half Pints make a Valentine’s Day-inspired rendition of their favorite night time beverage (warm milk).

They brainstormed the project: What to make it pink? Hibiscus? No, that makes it more purple, though it does taste great and required a lot of sampling just to be sure. Perhaps it was the hibiscus that inspired Frederick: prickly pear syrup! Indeed, there is nothing quite as bright pink as a pink prickly pear — the very nutritious fruit of a cactus. You’ll get great coloration from strawberry, raspberry, or cherry, but that prickly pear is hard to beat on color and flavor.

The kids were ready to harvest some more and make a new batch of syrup as our supply dwindled with this project. As luck would have it, the harvest is in the fall. 🙂

Valentine’s Drink Ingredients

A Valentine's Day Beverage with a Cool Coloring Agent

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/3 cup of cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of prickly pear syrup (strawberry, cherry, or raspberry will do)

Valentine’s Drink Steps

  • Place ingredients in a saucepan
  • Place them over medium heat for about five minutes.
  • Whisk every minute or so.
  • Serve!
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