Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nigella Lawson's Alcoholic Hot Chocolate

I recently had this super yummy "spiked" hot chocolate at Chicago's Park Grill restaurant. It is the best drink if you need to warm-up fast, especially after long hours of ice skating at an outdoor rink. This adult version hot coco is a great alternate if you don't like eggnog for the holiday. I found this recipe from food network website and it tasted close enough with the one I had at Park Grill. Also you can spike it with Bayley's to make it even more creamier or grand marnier???.....hmmmm...

2 cups milk
3 1/2 ounces best-quality chocolate, bittersweet or semisweet
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon brown sugar, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dark rum, or to taste

Put the milk into a saucepan and break the chocolate into pieces and add to the milk along with a cinnamon stick, honey, and sugar.
Heat gently until the chocolate is melted.
Add the vanilla and mix with a small hand whisk; still whisking, add a spoonful of the rum first and taste to see if you want more (no point pouring in all at once as it's too late to do anything about it if it's too strong for you) and add more sugar if you want it sweeter.
Take out the cinnamon stick and pour into 2 cappuccino or latte cups.

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