Iced Coffee with Chile de Arbol and Dark Chocolate

Now this is how to jump-start your day! A step beyond your basic iced mocha, this coffee hits you with a thump of heat, thanks to the chile de arbol, which adds just enough fire to be thrilling, not painful.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 2 servings
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1 cup whole milk

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, or more to taste

1 whole chile de arbol

3 cups brewed strong coffee

1 block bittersweet chocolate, for garnish, optional


  1. Combine the milk, chopped chocolate, sugar, and chile de arbol in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring until the chocolate melts and the sugar dissolves. Add the coffee, remove from the heat, and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. 
  2. Remove the chile before serving. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Grate chocolate on top, if desired.