thirsty thursday: boozy hot cocoa

Perfect for cozying up in front of the fire, and bundled underneath your thickest blanket. I look forward to the cold every year, because it gives me an excuse to drink hot cocoa! Sure, you could {and I’m sure many do} enjoy this treat year round, but I love the anticipation of waiting until the thermometer dips below freezing; it’s the wait that makes it so special!

Over the years, I’ve come to be quite a hot cocoa aficionado. Rotating through the classics such as Ovaltine, Swiss Miss, and even good old Hershey’s syrup heated in milk…everyone has their favorites, and like anything, they constantly change and evolve. Mine certainly has!

Here is my current obsession. I’ve been on a bit of a coconut milk kick lately…I’ve always enjoyed its flavor, but am now incorporating it into more and more things. Warmed up over cereal has been a recent discovery, it makes a wonderful addition to a smoothie, but hands-down, it’s best in this recipe I’m sharing today! You can feel free to dress it up or down as you like; modify the ingredients to your tasting, but I promise, one sip and you’ll be hooked. And just like me…waiting for winter to show up!

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Boozy Hot Cocoa

Perfect for those chilly nights, my hot cocoa will be sure to warm you right up! Play around with the ingredients listed – booze or no booze, whatever milk base you prefer, add in extra sugar. It’s up to you!Β 

Ingredients:

1 cup milk of choice, plus 2-3 extra tablespoons

1 heaping tablespoon of sugar

2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder

pinch salt

dash vanilla extract

optional boozy add-ins: {2 ounces whipped vodka} or {2 ounces bailey’s} or (2 ounces peppermint shnapps}

To Prepare:

In a large, heat-proof mug combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Slowly drizzle in the 2-3 extra tablespoons of milk, until a thick paste has formed and any clumps have been worked out. Add in the vanilla and set aside.

Heat up the remaining 1 cup of milk until hot but not boiling {I usually go for 2 to 2.5 minutes}. Once desired temperature is reached, add it slowly into the mug. Whisk to combine and all lumps have been dissolved.

If doing so, add in your boozy mix-in! Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and be sure to enjoy in front of a warm fire. Cheers!

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