Spiced and Spiked Hot Cocoa

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 lime, zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 11 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons bourbon or brandy
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream, for garnishing, if desired
Directions

In a 2-quart saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the chocolate, bourbon and cream. Heat over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will bubble over. Add the chocolate to the pan and continue to cook over low heat, stirring or whisking until all of the chocolate has melted. Continue to cook the cocoa for another 10 minutes to allow all of the flavors to blend. Remove the cocoa from the heat, add the bourbon or brandy to the pan, and stir to combine. Serve the cocoa in warm mugs, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.


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