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Warm Milk with Cinnamon and Honey

A Favorite of Children and Honey Bears

This warm milk with honey and cinnamon is my families alternative to hot chocolate. I created this recipe when my grown sons were very little, because my eldest is allergic to chocolate. We named this drink honey bear milk so my eldest had his own special drink and he never missed having hot chocolate.

This warm milk with honey and cinnamon isn’t just or kids. Its a delicious cozy drink for any cold day or before bed.

Two mugs filled with warm milk that's been covered with cinnamon sugar.

Is Warm Milk Before Bed Beneficial?

Besides being delicious warm milk has been used for generations as a soothing bedtime drink. The soothing effects may be just psychological or it could be the certain compounds in milk like tryptophan and melatonin may help you sleep better. For whatever reason drinking warm milk before bedtime was a much loved tradition in our home.

Honey Bear Warm Milk Recipe

For each serving of honey bear warm milk you will need. If you happen to have honey allergies you can replace the teaspoon of honey with sugar instead. I have even made it with brown sugar.

1 cup of milk

1 tsp of honey (or sugar)

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp granulated sugar for topping

1/4 tsp of cinnamon for topping

Warm Milk and Honey Instructions

Mix together the milk and honey.  Warm  in a cappuccino steam  maker if you have one.

Foaming and heating milk with the steam attachment of an espresso maker.

If you don’t have a steam frothier the easiest way to heat milk and honey is in the microwave. Milk tends to boil over so use a larger bowl. Add the milk and honey to the bowl and microwave the milk for 45 seconds, stir and check the temperature, repeat every 15 seconds until the milk mixture is the temperature you want.  

Pour into a pretty mug and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar.

Two ceramic mugs willed with warm milk honey, with a cinnamon sprinkle on top.
A glass filled with warm milk and sprinkled with cinnamon. The glass mug is sitting on a natural wood coloured cutting board.

I created a Drinks and Beverages board on Pinterest for new recipes that I want to try and some recipes I created myself. There are both hot and cold beverages on the bold including those with or without alcohol. Check out some of the delicious recipes.

Other Hot Beverage Recipes to Try

Hiding in the house with a yummy beverage is one of my winter survival skills. Here are some other hot drink ideas you may enjoy.

Two mugs of homemade vanilla latte. Each vanilla latte has a espresso coffee and milk layer, a foam layer and is then covered with whipped cream topping.

Vanilla Latte

A delicious vanilla latte recipe you can make with or without whipping cream. I love having all the flavour this recipe offers without having to leave my home to enjoy it.


  1. LeannaForsythe says:

    Hi Nikki:

    This drink really is every bit as good as hot chocolate and because it has no caffeine and likely less sugar it is much more soothing.

    I hope you did make yourself some. Let me know how you liked it.

  2. Leanna, what a great Mom you are. This not only sounds delish, I bet it made your son feel special. Allergies can be rough, especially if it has to leave someone out of the treat. So cool that you figured out a way for him to join in the fun and tradition of warm winter drinks. This sounds delish and soothing, I’m going to break out our espresso maker and froth up a batch! It’s cold here today I could use a little treat to warm up! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This sounds amazing! I love alternatives to hot cocoa. Even though I love chocolate, it’s nice to try something else once in a while. Maybe I’ll try it with my nephews when they come over tomorrow. And the name is so sweet!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Gina: Let me know if your nephews enjoy it. Little boys especially like anything with a cool name. Let me know what you think. Leanna

  4. LeannaForsythe says:

    That’s great Kristin. I bet your kids enjoy it too. Its funny with children how they want everything to have a name. If you called it warm milk they wouldn’t want it, but Grama’s coco milk, that;s a treat. lol

    Thank you for commenting, I hope you tell your Mom about it as well. Leanna

  5. My mom has always given a variation of this to my kids . She calls it coco milk. No idea how she came up with that one for a non chocolate drink. She is grandma though so I guess she can do as she pleases. 😉

  6. Oh how cute is that story and how you made this special drink for your son Leanna. My girls would love honey bear milk! I’m drooling over those mugs!! They are perfect for this drink!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Katrin: Its a really nice way to have them drink milk. In the evenings on a cold day it use to relax them as well. I typically always have these simple ingredients on hand. I hope they like it as much as my munchkins did.

      Thanks again for commenting. Leanna

  7. Mmmm, this sound kinda like a hot vanilla with the added spice of cinnamon. Yum! I’m sure it’s delicious sitting around a crackling fire! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Erin: Its a nice change from hot chocolate, I had to find an alternative, but I think this is every bit as good.. Thank you for commenting.

  8. OMG you’re allergic to chocolate – you poor girl you! Second, you have a cappuccino machine – when can I come over? How adorable is this idea, Leanna. You’re such a great Mom and Grandma.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I would come visit the day I figure out how to make steamed gingerbread pudding with gran marnier sauce. My eldest son bought me that gorgeous maker about 14 years ago. It works well with the blender just more dishes.

  9. I love the story of your son and how you made him the milk, mine have allergies too so I understand what is like. And I love this kind of Milk my youngest still likes it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Its great when you have insomnia. Giving it the bear name made in kid approved. Thank you for commenting, and don’t real allergies suck!!!.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I make it on nights when I can’t sleep. Its soothing and light. Hope you like it. Leanna

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