Christmas morning, fresh snow on the ground. Is there a better time for hot chocolate? I think not. Here's what I made this Christmas morning while admiring the fresh snow.
½ cup half-and-half
1½ cups whole milk, ½ cup reserved
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 oz shaved chocolate
1 teaspoon Chambord
Mix the half-and-half with 1 cup whole milk in a small saucepan and set over gentle heat. Meanwhile, whisk the cocoa powder into the reserved ½ cup cold whole milk, then add the vanilla and cinnamon. When the heated milk is drinking hot, whisk in the reserved mixture. Add the shaved chocolate and "correct" with the Chambord. If there are many small ones around, add more Chambord to the adult portions.
Fröhliche Weihnachten. Buon Natale. Joyeux Noël. 圣诞快乐. Feliz Navidad. สุขสันต์วันคริสตร์มาส. メリークリスマス. Merry Christmas!