(Makes several mugs)
500ml of your preferred milk (I prefer to use full fat)
130g malt extract
10g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod or 5g vanilla extract
For a spiced version use
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
A light sprinkle of ground nutmeg
Pour the milk into a heavy based saucepan, scoop in the malt extract and sugar, then stir gently. Cut the vanilla pod in half, scrape the seeds out and place straight into the milk along with the pod. Bring to a gentle simmer stirring occasionally to ensure it does not stick to the base of the pan.
If you would like to make your drink more chai style, place the star anise and cinnamon stick into the milk and allow the flavours to infuse. To finish, sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Decant into your favourite mug or glass, drink and your troubles will melt away.