Hot Chocolate Drinks



Hot Cocoa (recipe by Alton Brown): 

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup Dutch-process cocoa

2 1/2 cups powdered milk

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 pinch cayenne pepper

milk or water

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and incorporate evenly.

2. Heat milk or water.

3. Fill mug half full with mixture and pour in hot milk or water and stir.

4. Store remaining mixture in an airtight container.

Hot Cocoa Cocktail:

Pour one shot of Peppermint Schnapps and two shots of Kahlúa into a large mug, then fill to the brim with prepared Hot Cocoa drink (see above).


2 cups milk

½ cup half and half

3 ounces dark chocolate pieces (at least 85% cocoa)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons dark rum

1 cinnamon stick

Put first 5 ingredients in a pot and gently heat while stirring with cinnamon stick. When the chocolate is melted, turn off heat and add vanilla and rum. Stir with cinnamon stick and serve.


  1. acilius

     /  January 6, 2009

    Wow! Mixing Nestle’s Quik into milk is about as complicated as I’m willing to get in terms of chocolate drinks, but thanks for the post.

  2. cymast

     /  January 6, 2009

    It always irked me that they spelled it “Quik.” Ditto for all those other abbreviated brand name spellings.

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