Winter has arrived and nothing is more welcoming to guests at an event than a hot cocoa beverage! This is the perfect choice for a holiday party, wedding or just a night at home to enjoy while wrapping gifts! This recipe can be made with or without alcohol, and either way it’s delicious!
Gourmet Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ½ cups milk
¾ cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup half-and-half cream
¼ cup Peppermint Schnapps (optional)
Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to a boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in milk and heat until very hot, but don’t boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs, which will cool it to drinking temperature.