Mexican Hot Chocolate

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 cups whole milk

1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder 

1/3 cup sugar 

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

3 tablespoons malted milk powder

Adult Additions:

1 cup cold heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar 

1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 shot white tequila 

Pinch kosher salt 

Kids' Addition:

Mini marshmallows, for topping


  1. For the base: Add the milk to a medium saucepan, and warm it over medium-low heat until just steaming. Whisk in the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and malt powder. Pour into mugs.
  2. For the adult additions: Whip the cream, sugar, chile powder and cayenne to stiff peaks, using a stand mixer. Add the tequila and salt, and whip to blend. Top mugs of hot chocolate with the chile whipped cream!
  3. For the kids' addition: Top each mug of hot chocolate with a handful of mini marshmallows and enjoy!