Ah, late summer. The time when sunflowers reach their highest heights, when tomatoes are plump and juicy, and when there's one peculiar delicacy that often goes overlooked: corn silk. Most of us don't give it a second glance, but did you know that these wispy threads hold a delightful secret? They're the star ingredient in our Corn Silk Herbal Coffee Latte—inspired by Chef Reilly Meehan's delicious recipe. Enjoy this caffeine-free treat that's as indulgent as it is unique.
Why Corn Silk?
Corn silk, with its earthy, honey-suckle-like notes, is a summertime treasure. Beyond its intriguing taste, it offers kidney-supportive benefits. So, the next time you're about to throw it away—stop! Store it in the refrigerator, and let it be the highlight of your morning or afternoon break.
- 2 corn on the cob (with corn silk)
- 2 tablespoons Herbal Coffee
- 1 quart whole milk
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (or fresh vanilla bean if you're feeling fancy)
Corn Silk Milk Preparation: Begin by removing the corn silk from the cobs. Place the corn silk in a saucepan with two cups of water. Simmer for about 10 minutes until you have a light, flavorful infusion. Strain the liquid and let it cool. This will be your corn silk milk.
Brew the Herbal Coffee: Using your preferred method, prepare a strong cup of Herbal Coffee. This delightful adaptogenic coffee alternative, loaded with naturally caffeine-free prebiotic roots, adaptogenic mushrooms, and seeds, not only gives a beautiful depth of flavor but also promotes optimal well-being and focused energy.
Creamy Delight: In a separate pan, warm the whole milk, ensuring it doesn't boil. Add a touch of vanilla for that aromatic sweetness.
Bring it All Together: In your favorite mug, pour the brewed Herbal Coffee, followed by the corn silk milk. Sweeten it by adding sweetened condensed milk to taste. The rich creaminess paired with the earthy undertones of the corn silk will make you wonder why you never tried this before.
Sip and Enjoy: Take a moment to savor the flavors, relishing in the knowledge that you're not only indulging in a delicious drink but also benefiting from the goodness of corn silk.
Swap that regular cup of joe for a mug of this Corn Silk Herbal Coffee Latte. It's more than just a drink—it's an experience. Better than cold brew and absolutely caffeine (and jitter) free, this latte captures the very essence of late summer. Enjoy every sip! 🌽☕🌞