Because It’s That Time Of Year (Grownup Hot Cocoa Recipe)
Many of you know I am a big fan of making one’s own very delicious, very easy, very decadent-tasting and yet very low-fat hot cocoa. And I spurn any implication that it’s a “kid” drink.
Try this recipe, and you’ll never think of it as a “kid” beverage again.
Grown-up Hot Cocoa for One
In the microwave, heat 8 oz lowfat (or nonfat, or whole, or whatever–I have used almond milk too) milk about 2 minutes or until hot.
While the milk is heating: in a mug, put the following:
- 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 heaping (or really generously heaping) teaspoon unsweetened fair trade baking cocoa
- a sprinkle cayenne pepper
- a sprinkle pumpkin pie spice (or just cinnamon, or other sweet spice mixture)
Drizzle in a little brandy or rum (or frangelico, or amaretto, or whatever sounds yummy to you…warm water would also be just fine), just enough to form a smooth paste of the sugar-cocoa mixture.
When the milk is hot, pour over sugar-cocoa paste and stir well. Sip while reading a steamy novel or 18th century music analysis textbook. (I have homework.)
I make this for myself a few evenings a week, or some version of it, as a substitute for more caloric chocolatey things I might otherwise be eating. A lovely end-of-day hot sweet beverage to sip…