Mexican Hot Cocoa!


If you've never tasted Mexican hot cocoa, you're in for a serious treat.  Even if you have, this recipe is the best I've tried, so get ready to take your cocoa to the next level!

The secret is chili powder & cinnamon.  They complement the cocoa to perfection and give it a spicy kick.  If this doesn't warm you up on a cool night, nothing will!  Thick, rich, and sinfully decadent, it's best to share it with someone special...  ;-)

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups reduced-fat (2 percent) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 dried red chile
  • 2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Preparation:

Whisk evaporated milk, whole milk, liqueur, vanilla, sugar, cocoa, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and chili powder in a heavy saucepan. Add 2 of the cinnamon sticks and chile and cook gently over medium-low heat until warm. Add chocolate and cook, whisking until melted. Gently bring to a high simmer; reduce heat and simmer until liquid thickens and reduces slightly, whisking often, 10 minutes. Combine heavy cream with remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and beat until peaks form. Ladle 1/3 cup hot cocoa into each of 8 teacups; top with 1 tablespoon whipped cream and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 

Enjoy!

5 comments:

Monica said...

oh heck yes!

i drink a simplified version of this, just this week actually.

chilli and cinnamon are perfect with chocolate.
i would love this with the whipped cream. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

LuLu Kellogg said...

I have never tried this so now I must!

Jessi Haish said...

looks good!

viki nousiou said...

i love this.. i made it for a shower party (people loved it) and there were 750 ml leftover. i drank some every night for the next week...! almost certainly the best hot beverage i 've ever had!

viki nousiou said...

i love this! i made it for a baby shower party (many said they loved it) and had 3 cups leftover. I drank some every night for the next week... it is almost certainly the best hot beverage i 've ever had! thanks for the recipe!