Cool Drinks to Warm Up!

Nothing tastes as good as Hot Chocolate on a cold day. Instead of warming up some milk with mix or syrup, here are two of my favorite recipes. Enjoy!

Nothing tastes as good as Hot Chocolate on a cold day. Instead of warming up some milk with mix or syrup, here are two of my favorite recipes. Enjoy!

Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon and Raspberries

Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon and Raspberries

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup baking cocoa

pinch of salt

1/3 cup hot water

4 cups milk ( I like whole milk for a creamier drink)

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

handful of fresh raspberries

handful of marshmallow if desired

Directions

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and salt. Add water; bring to a boil. Lower heat and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk; heat to serving temperature (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Whisk until frothy. Pour into cups and add marshmallow and raspberries. Dust with cinnamon powder.

the cocoa flavor is very rich so if you don’t like your hot cocoa super strong I recommend using 1/2 cup more milk.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

3 cups whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper ( adjust if you don’t like spicy)

  • whipped cream for topping

    Directions

    Bring milk and cinnamon to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and making sure milk doesn’t boil,

    cinnamon should be floral and fragrant, about 10 minutes.

    Stir in chocolate, sugar, vanilla, salt, and ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper (or less if you don’t like hot and spicy) and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.

    Pour into cups, add whip cream and dust with cocoa powder and a touch of cinnamon