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With the Bluegrass State well into its millionth snow day of 2015, we could all use a treat. This hot chocolate is rich, warm, and bourbon-y. (As y'all have heard me say countless times, I prefer to use a spicy, wheated bourbon like Maker's Mark in chocolate recipes.) The bourbon can easily be omitted to make a family-friendly treat; it's still pretty delicious. The secret to this recipe is to let the chocolate-covered marshmallows melt and create a swirly, special topping.
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup raw sugar
- Dash salt
- ½ cup boiling water
- 3 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup Kentucky bourbon whiskey
- Trader Joe’s chocolate-covered marshmallows
- Sift cocoa powder, sugar, and salt and add to medium saucepan. Add boiling water and whisk until smoorth
- Turn the burner to medium heat.
- Add milk, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat; add vanilla and bourbon.
- Pour in mugs and add marshmallows. Allow marshmallows to melt, creating a swirled topping.
A serious snowstorm like the one we've experienced this week calls for a serious warm cocktail. I love mixing a spicy, wheated bourbon with chocolate. This one adds steamed milk to keep you warm and two rich shots of espresso for good measure.
- 2 shots of espresso
- 2 cups steamed steamed milk (or half and half)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 oz Maker's Mark
Pull 2 shots espresso. Add sugar and cocoa powder; stir well. Add Maker's Mark. Add milk, sprinkle with additional cocoa if desired.
Stay warm out there, y'all!
Happy National Maple Syrup Day! If there were ever a food item that deserves its own day, it’s this one! It takes 30-40 gallons of maple sap boiled down to create one gallon of that delicious maple syrup and it goes on everything! From pancakes, waffles, muffins, and grits to sweet potato fries and bacon, it is quite a versatile item to have in your arsenal. So in honor of this luscious syrup, I am shaking things up with my festive Maple Bourbon Sparkler.
I just love how the deep maple flavor compliments the vanilla and spice notes of the bourbon and the addition of champagne and a splash of lemon make this cocktail bright and drinkable. It's the perfect libation for all of your holiday parties!
Maple Bourbon Sparkler
· ½ Tablespoon of Pure Maple Syrup
· 2 Ounces of Maker’s Mark Bourbon
· Squeeze of a Lemon Wedge
· 3 Ounces of Brut or Extra Dry Champagne. **
1. Fill your favorite cocktail shaker with your maple syrup, bourbon and the squeeze of lemon. Shake until well combined and chilled.
2. Pour into champagne flute and top with champagne.
3. Enjoy and Repeat.
*I added a maple sugar rim for the photos. It was very sweet. I do not recommend it!
**Please use only Brut or Extra Dry Champagne/Sparkling Wine. It will be much too sweet with an Asti or Spumante.