A lot of recipes get submitted to me with the hopes that I’ll share them with my readers. I tend to gravitate towards ones that contain liquor or chocolate… This one has both! Put the kiddies to bed, light a fire, and mix up some of this yummy concoction. Perfect for the holidays!
What could be better than a steaming cup of liquid chocolate on a frosty winter day? Well, yes, a shot or two of rum or brandy adds to its value but there are other enhancements that punch up hot chocolate’s taste as well as its kick. If you don’t want to sedate the children, keep the alcoholic goodies separate.
Remember those pricey cardamom pods you bought for one recipe and never touched again? Dust off that tiny jar and use them in your next mug of hot cocoa. Pop a few cardamom pods in the cup before you fill the cup and garnish with a cinnamon stick. If you hanker to hark back to Aztec times, mix equal parts of ground ginger, cinnamon and pure chili and stir it into the hot chocolate.
To conjure up holiday memories from childhood or make new ones for a kid in your life, crush candy canes and add them to the cup or drape a cane over the side of the cup and let the peppermint slowly infuse the chocolate. Turn the hot chocolate into a dessert with chunks of peppermint patties or a handful of bittersweet chocolate or butterscotch chips.
Stirring Things Up
Don’t spend your lunch money on an overpriced gourmet hot chocolate from a fancy coffee shop.
Pick up a few bottles of bargain priced flavored syrups to add hazelnut, almond, vanilla, marshmallow and coconut tastes to homemade hot chocolate. Give the beverage a burst of holiday cheer with a couple healthy shots of flavored liqueurs such as Drambuie, Ouzo, Irish Creme, Kahlua, Amaretto or Grand Marnier.
Top It Off
Instead of traditional whipped cream on top of your hot chocolate, mix syrups or liqueurs into the
cream right after you whip it and let the cream slowly infuse the hot chocolate while you sip it. Replace the conventional powdered cocoa or cinnamon on top with a mixture of shaved dark, bittersweet, milk and white chocolate.
This grownup twist on a kids’ staple comes from the cookbook BITE ME TOO – the result of the collaboration between sisters, JULIE ALBERT and LISA GNAT. Sharing a deep love of food, family, and fun, Julie and Lisa have created a cookbook that marries food and culture, and also makes eating, feeding,and entertaining a piece of cake.