Spring may be right around the corner, but it’s still chilly outside. It’s cold enough to enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate. Make that boozy hot chocolate.
If you’re a reader of CDJ, you know that I like to share my many beverage concoctions. Today, I put my love for chocolate and creativity to good use and created multiple versions of hot chocolate with a twist.
Before reading on keep this in mind, there is a difference between hot chocolate and cocoa (believe it or not). Through investigative research, I’ve learned that although the two names are used interchangeably, they’re actually different. Hot chocolate is a warm beverage made with melted chocolate and hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder…the more you know.
Now let’s continue!
Keeping my inner child in mind, I pulled out my favorite hot cocoa recipe and got to work! I prefer Hershey’s recipe that can be found on the side of all cocoa powder containers (and more than likely on the web). This recipe is my favorite because of its bittersweetness and ease in preparing it. This recipe is not a necessary so feel free to use your own favorites, even store-bought packets work.
Like I always say, I’m no mixologist. I just know a tasty drink when I have one! I began my journey by making my hot cocoa and preparing for the best to come.
This combination of a classic drink mixed with a modern brew would make any man (and woman) feel like a kid again!
Warm a 1/4 cup of a stout of your choice. I used a Lehigh Valley local brew, Weyerbacher‘s Sunday Morning Stout. Add the warmed stout to your cup of hot chocolate. Serve with generous amount of whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle.
Red Wine & Chocolate
It is know that red wine and chocolate are the perfect pair. So it’s no surprise that the two would also make for the perfect hot chocolate. Could this be a new twist on wine nights? I think so!
Add a 1/4 cup of your favorite cabernet sauvignon to your cup of hot chocolate. Garnich with a chocolate drizzle.
Nutella & Chocolate
The mix of hazelnut, chocolate, and cream are too good to be true. Words can’t explain the nutty and sweet burst of flavors you experience when sipping on this…so try it for yourself!
Mix in a 1/4 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream and 1 tablespoon of Nutella to your cup of hot chocolate, stirring until Nutella is completely dissolved. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Sweet & Spicy
The first hot chocolate ever drank contained ground chilis. I kept this traditional with a hint of spice amongst the vanilla, coffee, and chocolate flavors.
Mix in a 1/4 cup of Kahlúa and a dash of cayenne pepper to your hot chocolate. Serve with cinnamon sticks, allowing them to rest in the drink for an added flavor.
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