This Mexican Hot Chocolate is the perfect antidote to a cold day!
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The weather here has turned positively frigid. I spent much of Friday walking around the city, and by the time I got home I was chilled to the bone.
There’s nothing I crave more on such days than a steaming mug of Mexican Hot Chocolate. It has a way of warming me up that nothing else does.
Homemade hot cocoa is very easy to make and so much better than the powdered stuff.
For this Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe, I simply combined milk and unsweetened cocoa powder, along with a cinnamon stick, vanilla, and little cayenne. The cayenne gives the hot chocolate a little kick; nothing that will burn your tongue, just a little heat at the back of your throat.
Everything is heated until steaming hot and then topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate is not topped with whipped cream, but I just couldn’t resist adding some.
Warm up with a cup of this Mexican Hot Chocolate after your next winter outing!
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus more for serving
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne
- whipped cream
- ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
- Place cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla, and cayenne in a medium pot.
- Whisk until combined.
- Cook over low heat, stirring often, until hot.
- Serve hot, topped with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
- - For sweeter hot chocolate, add an additional tablespoon or two of sugar.
- - Cayenne can be eliminated or reduced, depending on your heat preference.
If you’d like, you can substitute traditional Mexican chocolate for the cocoa powder called for in this recipe. Just keep in mind it’s already been spiced with vanilla, cinnamon, and almond extract or crushed almonds. Adjust the spices called for in the recipe to taste.
What is your favorite cold weather drink?
P.S. This is may favorite mug and I get tons of questions about it! I bought it years ago from Starbucks, and I kind of live in fear it will break … ha ha. This Cable Knit Coffee Mug is similar.