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Cocktail Of The Month: A Chocolatey Celebration
Hello, beauts! I do hope you’re all well today?
When the temperatures drop, there’s nothing better than a festive drink mixed with the season in mind. After all, if you’re going to have a signature drink at your wedding, you might as well take inspiration from the season. I always remember up until the age of 12 my neighbours, my sister and myself would spend hours in the snow sledging (perks of living in the middle of nowhere!) and then all come back to ours for a homemade hot chocolate; with all the trimmings, of course!
Wrapping your paws around a steaming mug of hot chocolate is as close to comfort drink as you’re going to get. Well, at least that’s what we thought before we discovered the wonderful world of alcoholic hot chocolate. With a view to being cosy on colder evenings, celebrating Christmas, entertaining and just cheering ourselves up via molten chocolate and cream, we’ve got you covered with today’s indulgent recipe.
Other hot drinks, like mulled cider or wine, spiked hot chocolate, or boozy eggnog are fit for warming up chilly guests during cold-weather celebrations. However, todays choice is a luxury boozy hot chocolate, inspired by my younger years but winter wedding worthy. Delicious and pure indulgence; this makes for the dreamiest after dinner treat.
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A Boozy Hot Chocolate with a Surprise (Serves 1)
- 50ml double cream
- 1 tsp chocolate hazelnut spread (we use Nutella)
- 150ml whole milk
- 25g milk chocolate, chopped
- 25ml hazelnut liqueur (we use Frangelico)
- 1 tsp chopped hazelnuts
- Whip the cream until thick and billowy then fold in the chocolate hazelnut spread. Only stir once or twice, you want a marbled effect so that it not only tastes delicious, but looks it, too.
- In a small saucepan over a medium heat warm the milk until simmering. Take off the heat then add the chocolate. Let it melt, stirring frequently until smooth. Return to the heat until warm then add the hazelnut liqueur.
- Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and add the whipped cream mixture. Sprinkle the top with the toasted hazelnuts and enjoy.
- To add a little more decadence to this delicious winter warmer, serve with a flake, mini-marshmallows or an extra dollop of Nutella.
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If this doesn’t make the cut to pull you through your mid-week sleepy slumber and get you thinking Christmas parties, festivities and well, all things boozy; then I’m not sure what will. A cup of happiness is perfect for these chilly evenings and perfect to serve up for guests to keep them warm and merry.
What’s your favourite winter warmer, lovelies?