Spicy Valentine’s Day Love Potion

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Drawing from folklore, nutrition, and the laws of good taste, this invigorating beverage contains calcium-rich milk, zinc-rich pine nuts, and antioxidant-rich spices. A bit of honey lends sweetness. Will it help your love life? Who knows, but it’s a delicious and potent energy-booster nonetheless.

love-potion-recipe2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cups very cold skim milk
2-1/2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper, or more for an added kick

In a small, dry skillet over medium heat, toast the pine nuts for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking the pan frequently and stirring with a heatproof spatula. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.

Combine nuts and remaining ingredients in a blender. (Use an immersion blender if you have one.) Divide between two glasses, and serve.

Serves 2

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