Art + Design + Food + Drink

Spiced almond milk.

A few weeks ago, superawesome artist Jen Ray (she who will make you happy) posted a photo of a yummy-looking mug of spiced almond milk with a weird-sounding list of components on Instagram, and she said it was her new favorite hippie drink. I told her the inclusion of tahini was freaking me out, but she assured me it’s delicious. It took me a while to get around to finding out for myself, but now it’s my new favorite thing. I want to drink it all the time! The weather in New York has dropped below freezing at night, and this is just the thing to warm me up and make me feel ready for bed.

You’ll need to play around with the amount of agave you use, since the type of tahini (some brands have less bitterness than others) and whether you use sweetened almond milk can affect the outcome. I suggest starting with a teaspoon and adding a little more only if you need it.

Spiced Almond Milk, a.k.a. “Jen Ray’s Hippie Drink” (vegan)
Serves 1

1 cup almond milk
1 tsp tahini
1 tsp agave
pinch turmeric
pinch nutmeg
pinch cinnamon

In a small pot, heat the almond milk on medium-low. Be careful not to let it boil, or a skin will form. Whisk in the tahini, being sure to blend any lumps. Add the agave and spices, and heat until steamy. Pour into a mug, add a little sprinkle of cinnamon so you can feel fancy, and drink up! So good.

And since I can’t mention Jen Ray without sharing a couple of my current favorites from her shop, Corduroy, here you go! Behold “Zukunft so hell muss ich eine sonnenbrille tragen!” and “Para bailar la bamba!” Makes you happy, right?

The whale cutting board is from Suddenly, it’s real!, the tea towel is from Bookhou, and the mug and spoon are from CB2. Alas, the tea towel is the only one of these things that’s not discontinued!

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  • Reply Laura Casey November 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    And the triangles plate is from West Elm, right (I know someone is going to ask this any second!)

    I think I remember talking about it when I was over because it’s so much like my ghost/tombstone plates from there!

    But my memory sucks, so…


    • Anna @ D16 November 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      That’s just a folded up tea towel! I don’t think I have any plates with triangles on them. Maybe you’re thinking of these rabbit plates? Pretty sure they’re the only plates I have from West Elm…

  • Reply Lea November 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I like how you staged that drink. Methinks I’ll try this one out!

  • Reply Michelle November 29, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Will definitely try this drink! But I can’t get over that adorable whale cutting board 🙂

  • Reply Kristen November 29, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I am lusting over that cutting board!

  • Reply Jen November 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Yay! So glad you like it too. Great photo.
    Lately I’ve also been switching spices around, sometimes adding cardamom and a little ginger.

  • Reply Fritz November 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    This is more of a Hipster than Hippie drink…almond milk was not readily available during the Summer of Love, circa 1969

  • Reply Sarah November 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    That looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. You don’t use vanilla almond milk, do you? That’s probably a silly question but I’m just curious!

    • Anna @ D16 November 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      No, I just use plain! I prefer the unsweetened kind. I detest flavored nut/bean milks!

      One of these days I have to get around to making my own almond milk. I bought a strainer bag and everything, I just haven’t taken the time…

  • Reply Benji November 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Sounds yummy. I think I’ll give it a try this weekend.

  • Reply corinna November 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    ran across this on pinterest – if you had an advent calendar, this would be it! just had to share with you…

    • Anna @ D16 November 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Oh! So cute!

  • Reply Flora November 29, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    That needs to be tried! May I share my version? I use rice milk (naturally sweet), add 1 tsp hazelnut puree, 1 tsp agave, pinch vanilla, very little pinch salt. That’s my drink! And you can add a little bit of chicoree or cocoa to vary 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 November 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Ooooooh. That sounds really good! By “hazelnut puree” do you just mean ground up hazelnuts, like hazelnut butter?

      Funny, I’ve had an unopened box of chicoree in my pantry for about three years now, but I have yet to do anything with it. Maybe this is my motivation!

    • Flora December 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Yes, by hazelnut puree I mean ground up hazelnut, nothing added to it (there is no salt, oil or sugar with it). Delicious 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 December 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Flora! I’ll have to try that 🙂

  • Reply melissa November 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Sounds interesting – similar to horchata maybe?

    • Anna @ D16 November 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Yes, but less sweet!

  • Reply Anna November 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    It’s SO GOOD!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Anna @ D16 November 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Yay! 😀

  • Reply kaja November 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    i was so confused seeing german words on your blog that i had to read it a few times until i got it 😉
    love that mug!

    all the best from germany and thanks for sharing

  • Reply Abbie December 1, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Yum, I’m drinking this right now, it’s great! I used soy milk because I had it on hand. The tumeric and tahini give a great flavor and take the edge off the sweetness.

    I’m feeling the urge to try this again with rum as a vegan egg nog sub.

    • Anna @ D16 December 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Now you’re talking!

  • Reply Molly December 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Just made this, so good!

  • Reply Dacia December 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Oh my, this was delicious! The tahini gave it a nice richness and turmeric is so good for you!

  • Reply Joy December 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Oh, this sounds like a much more wholesome version of Horlick’s! Can’t wait to try it. I use almond milk in my morning smoothie, and it’s a lifesaver. I also really want to try Flora’s drink. I’m wondering if these instructions for hazelnut paste will do?

  • Reply Laura Casey December 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Whoa, just saw this! Either I totally made that up, based on the conversation we had about West Elm rabbit plates, or I simply thought to myself that the towels looked like my plates. Ha. Oops.

    (I hope I am never the witness to a crime because obviously my memory cannot be relied upon!)


  • Reply K December 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I make this too! I call my version Chai Spiced Almond (or Macadamia) Nut Milk.
    I don’t put tahini or turmeric. Instead, I use a chai spice blend with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves.
    Since I love sesame seeds, I am going to have to try your version. I bet the tahini makes the nut milk even more smooth, rich and creamy. xo

  • Reply Noor January 7, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I use tahini a lot in cooking (I cook a lot of ethnic food) so that is cool you used it in this drink. I can not believe I have not tried almond milk bc I am sure I would love it. I just recentally had camel milk and its amazing. Not only is it super healthy for you but it makes amazing lattes bc you just shake it and it foams like crazy. Love the tea towel btw we have very similar taste.

  • Reply Cori Magee December 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    So I tried it with unsweetened almond milk (figured I could always add sweetness), but I doubled your recipe and I think I used too much tahini… mine is so yellow and I can see a little oil on top.
    However, it’s still yum and I’m going to get this right!

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