Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 12: The Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails

On The Twelfth Day of Christmas...

Grown Up Hot Cocoa is something I know my family will be drinking all winter long, including my nephews who can enjoy the non-alcoholic version of this delightful cup of chocolaty goodness.  There are so many options and preferences when it comes to hot cocoa but I felt it was best to just keep it simple.  You know, the way we all remember it as kids during Christmastime.

Hot Cocoa
4 cups milk (whole, 2%, 1% or skim, whichever you drink)
8 ounces dark chocolate chopped
3 teaspoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1-3 large marshmallows
Dash of cinnamon 

In a medium sauce pan heat the milk on low heat to a simmer.  Whisk the milk occasionally so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.  Do not boil. Add the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, sea salt and dark chocolate.  Whisk until ingredients are combined and chocolate is completely dissolved, about 4-5 minutes.  Serve hot and top with marshmallows and dash with cinnamon.

Grown Up Hot Cocoa
Pour 1-1/2 ounces of your favorite liqueur.  I suggest Baileys Irish Cream, Amaretto, Kahlua, and my favorite, Frangelico.  Follow the directions to Hot Cocoa recipe and serve.  Cheers!