Friday, December 17, 2010

Spiked and Spiced Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate, spiked with Kahlua if you like, and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne.

Spiked and Spiced Hot Chocolate

This Spiked and Spiced Hot Chocolate came about thanks to the frigid cold weather that moved into most of the eastern part of this country last weekend, including the deepest of The Deep South, and my apparent need to warm up from the inside out. It was bone-chilling cold for this southern gal, and although I was wearing two pairs of sweats, two long sleeved shirts, socks and slippers, and had the central heat going, none of it seemed to help at all. It was definitely a hot chocolate kind of night, and we have another couple of those heading in tonight for the weekend. Just in time for that last minute Christmas shopping, brrrr!

I love hot chocolate and when I want it, I usually break out a saucepan and make the good ole familiar and well loved, old fashioned Hershey's cocoa recipe that many of us have been making all of our lives. This time, there on the counter sat these inviting packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips waiting for holiday treats, and just begging for a feature spot in a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

I also had those nice roasted McCormick spices in the cabinet from our BlogHer Food swag, so I thought why not spice things up a bit too? And of course, why not a little pinch of cayenne pepper to help boost up the good ole circulation while we are at it?  What resulted was a delicious blend of spicy flavor, all of which complimented the chocolaty goodness. I probably used somewhere in the middle of 1/8 and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne and it was a very nice, healthy lip tinglier.  Feeling adventurous? Go ahead and stir in a bit of Kahlua.  Give it a try!

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Recipe: Spiked and Spiced Hot Chocolate

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 5 min |Cook time: 10 mins | Yield: About 4 servings

  • 4 cups of milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (about 6 passes on a microplane grater)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ounce of Kahlua, or to taste, optional
  • Whipped cream or mini marshmallows, for garnish
  • Grated nutmeg, for garnish
Add 1 cup of the milk with the chocolate chips and sugar to a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat, until sugar and chocolate is dissolved and mixture comes to a near boil. Stir in the remaining 3 cups of milk, the cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne; bring to near boil again. Remove from heat and stir in Kahlua. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows, and grate a bit of fresh nutmeg on top.

Makes about 4 mugs - depending on size. Serve hot.


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  1. Definitely going to make a version of this. No Kahlua in this Central American capital, but I can find some delightful subsitute I am sure. It's cold here too.

  2. Wow! This looks so comforting on a cold day! I have great childhood memories of making hot chocolate with a scoop of marshmallow fluff on top when I used to come in from playing out in the snow.

    Thanks for a great adult version of the recipe! :)

  3. MMMMMM, yes please!! And what do you mean, Optional!? LOL! I'd love a glass to warm me up right now :D

  4. Here in the Midwest, we've been hitting single digits often. This would be perfect for one of those nights. Incidentally, I totally understand your comment regarding doubling up on warm clothes and still not getting warm. Seems like the cold chills you to the bone.

  5. We recently made Peppermint Hot chocolate for my daughter, but yours is looking far more tempting for me!!! Lovely!!

  6. Are you aware that Kahlua comes in a Peppermint Mocha version that is available seasonally?


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