Something warm on a cold, dark night…

For those nights when nothing but a crackling fire, good book or classic film and a warm mug will do:

Ultra-Rich Hot Chocolate:

Bring 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sugar to simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Add 1 ounce bittersweet or semi-sweet (not unsweetened) chocolate and stir ’til smooth. Add a pinch of salt and stir again, until the chocolate has melted and the drink is smooth. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream, miniature marshmallows or nothing at all (for those interested in a bit more than warmth, an ounce of rum, Chambord or Frangelico can be added).

The Laureate:

Stud an orange slice with 10 cloves. Bring 1/3 cup water to a simmer. Add a  tablespoon of dried hibiscus flowers; cover and steep 2 minutes. Strain hibiscus tea into a cup and cover to keep warm. Put the clove-studded orange slice and a bay leaf into a brandy snifter. Add 1/4 cup anejo tequila, then 1/4 cup hibiscus tea into snifter. Add a tablespoon of honey and stir. 

And for those who love hot tea…this is where I buy mine:

Excellent selection, high quality and very fast mail service: The Tea Fountain, Mill Valley, California. Owner Rover Benecke is most knowledgeable and helpful.

About The Lady Eve

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2 Responses to Something warm on a cold, dark night…

  1. ClassicBecky says:

    Oh Good Lord, Eve — could I come over and try both drinks? They sound so good! I love real hot chocolate, not that boxed stuff at the store (yuck). And good tea….since we live too far apart to have a drink fest, I’ll make them myself. Thanks for the recipes!

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