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Refreshing Leche Merengada Drink

It is not easy to endure heat waves, and every summer it feels like the temperatures are getting higher and higher. As a result, it is critical to prepare for the summer heat by eating well.

Not everything in the world of summer recipes is fruits and vegetables, you can also enjoy a good dessert or sweet drink. 

That’s why leche merengada arrives, a drink that has refreshed the people of Andalusia for years.

Refreshing Leche Merengada Drink

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Here we will focus especially on the recipe for this drink. So after reading the article, you will leave knowing everything you need about this one of the most popular drinks in Spain.

Background of the Dish

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Leche Merengada is the true star drink of summers in Andalusia. Since before the 18th century, it was taken in the south of Spain, and over time it began to reach other regions.

It used to be done on the same day and cooled with salt and ice due to the lack of electricity. 

However, even back then it was a famous milk and cinnamon drink, so not even the lack of technology could stop this drink.

Over the years, his recipe was perfected, especially thanks to the refrigerators that help keep drinks cold. Continue reading this article to learn how to make cinnamon milk. 

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Things You’ll Need for Leche Merengada

To make this Leche merengada you just need 4 main ingredients: eggs, milk lemon, and cinnamon, and you can even replace them in some cases. 

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Ingredients

  • 4 1/4 cups (1 liter) whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Lemon peel
  • 4 egg whites
  • cinnamon powder to decorate

How to Make Leche Merengada – Step by Step Guide

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  1. To start making this Spanish traditional drink grab a pot and mix the sugar, the cinnamon stick, the lemon, and milk. Bring it to a boil on the stove until it forms cream on the surface.
  1. Then remove it and strain it to remove the peel from the cinnamon stick and remove the cream. Let the milk cool, first at room temperature until it stops steaming and then in the fridge.
  1. After that, beat the whites until they mount to snow. Mix it with enveloping movements so that it has a creamy and sparkling texture.
  1. Up next, put them in a container and take them to the freezer for a couple of hours.
  1. Then your Spanish drink will be half frozen. You can beat it with a whisk and serve in glasses sprinkled with cinnamon powder.

Substitution of Ingredients

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The Leche Merengada stands out from other Spanish drinks because you can customize it a lot. 

Even though it is mostly known as lemon milk or as cinnamon milk, you can change the flavoring.

You can use the peel of an orange or pomegranate to add a citric flavor. Or you can use some vanilla extract instead of the cinnamon. 

If you are making it for the holiday season, then add some nutmeg or ginger to it.

Tips on Serving Leche Merengada

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The Leche Merengada is one of the most popular drinks for a reason. You can have them for dessert, or as a refreshing summer snack. 

If you want to serve them for a party, you can add one shot of liquor to your Merengadas to give it an extra kick.

There is plenty of ways to cool down during summer, yet Spanish drinks are the best options.

Try as well our Horchata recipe, the Tinto de Verano, or the classic and more famous Sangria.

How to Store Leche Merengada

How to Store Leche Merengada

If you make this Spanish milk drink you must check the storing tips before starting. You won’t be able to freeze it for more than 10 hours since it would have a weird texture.

However, you can store this milk cinnamon drink for up to one day without any problem.

Remember that the Leche Merengada is a drink meant to be consumed on the same day as you made it. 

Recipe Card: Leche Merengada

Yield: 6

Leche Merengada Recipe

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It is not easy to endure heat waves, and every summer it feels like the temperatures are getting higher and higher. For this reason, it is important to face the summer heat also with the food we eat.

Not everything in the world of summer recipes is fruits and vegetables, you can also enjoy a good dessert or sweet drink.

That's why leche merengada arrives, a drink that has refreshed the people of Andalusia for years.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 1/4 cups (1 liter) whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Lemon peel
  • 4 egg whites
  • cinnamon powder to decorate

Instructions

  1. In a pot, mix the milk with the sugar, the cinnamon stick, and the lemon peel. Bring it to a boil on the stove until it forms cream on the surface.
  2. Then remove it and strain it to remove the peel from the cinnamon stick and remove the cream. Let the milk cool, first at room temperature until it stops steaming and then in the fridge.
  3. Beat the whites until they mount to snow. Mix it with enveloping movements so that it has a creamy and sparkling texture.
  4. Put them in a container and take them to the freezer for a couple of hours.
  5. Then it will be half frozen. You can beat with a whisk and serve in glasses sprinkled with cinnamon powder.

Notes

It is important that you buy good-quality eggs as the whites are not cooked for this recipe. This will help you avoid any kind of risk that may exist.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 160Total Fat 5.7gSaturated Fat 3.2gCholesterol 17mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 20gSugar 21.3gProtein 8g

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