I was looking for a warm and cozy drink, and this really hit the spot. I'm a regular coffee drinker and an avid hot tea lover, but every now and again I like a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Here is an adaptation I created of traditional Mexican hot chocolate.
Makes 4 cups.
1 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I like Hershey's)
3 tbsp white sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp vanilla extract (per mug)
1 cup milk (per mug)
whipped cream and extra cinnamon to top
In a small bowl combine cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir well until you have no lumps of cocoa and all ingredients are mixed together.
In your mug, stir the milk and vanilla extract. Warm in microwave on high for 1 1/2 min.
Add 1 tbsp of cocoa mixture to mug of warm milk and vanilla. Stir well and top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.
** The cocoa mixture can be stored in an airtight container in your pantry for an unlimited length of time. Just stir or shake it up before each use. :)