Everything & Nothing At All

Some Like It Hot, Cocoa Of Course

Red Wine Hot Cocoa

Want to be a Hot Shot

Sweet & Luscious or Dark & Decadent

Some Like It hot, some Like it cold, there’s something about chocolate that makes our hearts pump faster. Maybe because, especially the darker varieties have heart-healthy benefits, but I think that’s just and added benefit. The real reason is it tastes so good. Like a little piece of heaven that melts on your tongue. Whatever the reason I say, Bravo Chocolate, Bravo!

For Chocolate’s Standing Ovation

So, hot cocoa is great right? It makes you feel nice and cozy on a cold night. Or brings back memories of sitting around the campfire with the people you love without a care in the world. For me hot cocoa always takes me back to that cold wet super-windy day on the Oregon coast when my mom gave me and my best friend steaming hot mugs of chocolate goodness. I can almost feel my insides warming just thinking about it. I was too young then to know, but I know now, mix it with wine!

Or Bourbon, Rum, Kahlua, Vodka, Bailey’s…

You can mix just about anything with hot cocoa and feel your taste buds dance. This isn’t the hot cocoa of your childhood memories, this is way, way better!

Liquor Bottles
Pretty much you can take any of these.

And mix with this.

It’s Go Time!

Since the wine is sweet, you can balance your sugar intake and calories by choosing an unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate. If you prefer your chocolate less sweet then skip the agave syrup.

Chocolate & Vino

  •  ½ cup Zinfandel
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. agave syrup

Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug.
  • Microwave on HIGH 1 minute.
  • Stir until well combined.
     

Great White

  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1 oz. Limoncello
  • lemon zest

Preparation

  • Combine white chocolate chips and milk in a microwave-safe mug.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 90 seconds, stirring halfway.
  • Mix in Limoncello.
  • Garnish with lemon zest.

Balance the indulgence of the white chocolate by choosing unsweetened, lower fat milk & sugar alternatives.

Earl Grey Cocoa

  • 1 cup milk alternative
  • 1 bag Earl Grey tea
  • 3 squares form a Ghirardelli 100% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Baking Bar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. agave syrup or honey (optional)

Because you can’t drink alcohol all the time.

  • Combine milk and tea in a microwave-safe mug.
  • Microwave on HiGH 1 minute.
  • Steep 3 minutes.
  • Remove tea bag.
  • Add chocolate squares.
  • Microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stirring halfway.
  • The chocolate should be melted.
  • Optionally add honey or syrup.

Deep Midnight

  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 3 squares form a Ghirardelli 100% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Baking Bar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. agave syrup

Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug.
  • Microwave on HIGH 90 seconds, stirring halfway.

This chocolate wonder is definitely for the dark chocolate lovers. It’s robust and full-flavored but it’s NOT sweet. If you want to sweeten it up add extra agave syrup, brown sugar or a little honey.

German Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup low-fat milk or unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  ¼ cup St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Preparation

  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug.
  • Microwave on HIGH 1 minute.
  • Stir until well combined.

Spicy Chocolate Lil Number

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. carob powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 2 tsp. agave syrup

PREPARATION

  • Combine milk, carob powder, cinnamon and cardamom in a microwave-safe mug.
  • Microwave on HIGH 1 minute.
  • Stir well.
  • Add agave syrup.

Really it’s as easy as Step 1. Take a bottle, Step 2. Mix alcohol with hot cocoa,Step 3. There isn’t a step 3 because we already handled it. Time to enjoy. You know what goes great with hot cocoa? Brunch. I Love Brunch & I’ll Tell You Why. xoxo

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Written by Rose