We made it! Our 12th day cocktail! And this one is Y.U.M.M.Y.! It’s pretty much what you want to slowly sip while you’re all cozy at home, finishing your wrapping, watching The Grinch or It’s a Wonderful Life or The Bodyguard or Paris is Burning for the bazillionth time. Hey, every family has their traditions…
Hot chocolate on a cold, winters day/night is really the absolute best. You know what makes it even better? Some kick ass spice and BOOZE!
I’m not a huge fan of the powdered stuff. Even the expensive, gourmet hot cocoas just aren’t chocolatey enough for me. Let’s be real. Using quality chocolate is key. For this Mexican style hot chocolate with cayenne and cinnamon, I used semi-sweet chips with 40% cocoa content – super chocolatey without being overly sweet. And the addition of Kahlua adds a little sweetness, so you’re pretty much covered in the drinkable dessert department. I just made two cups of this amazingness for myself and my mom, who’s been visiting for the holidays, and we both agree: It’s PERFECT! (She’s actually proven to be a very helpful bar back, taste tester and contributor for these last couple of cocktails and blog posts. And we haven’t killed each other yet! Aww, thanks, Mom!)
Feliz Navidad Hot Chocolate – makes 4 servings
4 cups of 2% or Whole Milk
1 cup quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pinch Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Salt
6 Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 cup Kahlua
2 oz Brandy
In a small saucepan heat milk, 2 cinnamon sticks, cayenne and salt on medium high heat. Without bringing to a boil, whisk in chocolate chips over heat until melted and everything is combined. Add Kahlua and brandy until warmed. Ladle into mugs and garnish with one cinnamon stick each.