Monday, October 5

Four Mondays Of : D R I N K S : M E X I C A N . H O T . C H O C O L A T E

Today I wanted to bring to the blog one of my absolute favourite drinks of all times. Mexican Hot Chocolate. This is something that the husband introduced to me back when we were first dating and it is definitely my cup of tea ... er chocolate! haha. 

The best way to explain what Mexican Hot Chocolate is to tell you that its hot chocolate that has a bit of a spicy kick to it. The basic recipe usually has only cocoa with cinnamon in it, but there are others that add crushed chilli peppers or cayenne pepper. 
Usually when husband and I make this drink we use the Ibarra Chocolate mix and simply just add milk and crushed chilli peppers. However, not everyone has this product and I don't even know if you can find it in Canada (when we were dating we had family members mail us some from the United States - I will keep everyone posted if I find it in stores in Canada somewhere). So today I experimented with ingredients and I came up with a recipe that was extremely close to what you would get with the Ibarra Chocolate. 
Ingredients: (serves 2) 
2 1/2 Cups of Milk
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa 
3 Tsp sugar (you can add more if needed)
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp ground Cinnamon 
a pinch of Crushed Chilli Peppers (this is a taste preferance, but the peppers will add heat as you swallow the hot chocolate - always put less if you are unsure, or none if you don't want your Mexican Hot Chocolate to be too spicy!) 
Optional! Whipping cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top! 
Directions: 
Heat 1 cup of milk in a pot on medium heat. Combine every other ingredient in a small bowl. Once the milk is at the desired temperature, add the dry ingredients and whisk it into the milk. When its mixed completed add the rest of the milk and continue heating the hot chocolate until its back to the desired temperature. Pour into two mugs and enjoy! 

OR. 

Instead of mixing everything together in a pot, put it all into a blender (MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE LID ON!) and blend together. This will create a bit of froth that is very nice. Add crushed chilli peppers into the froth for an extra kick!! 
On cozy days, that are filled with colouring, watching movies, and listening to the rain or watching the snow fall, I find this drink perfect. Today was one of those days. It didn't rain or snow, but the air was chilly cold and we played ponies, cuddled in awesome blankets, lit candles, and listen to lovely music.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Do let me know if you tried this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts. xoxo

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