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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!
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