Friday, February 22, 2013

Grasshopper Hot Chocolate


Whatever the weather, I think it's always a good time for hot chocolate–especially when that cocoa is a little boozy!


Grasshopper Hot Chocolate

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup half-and-half
2 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup crème de menthe, or to taste
2 tablespoons crème de cacao, or to taste
whipped cream and shaved bittersweet chocolate for garnish

Combine cocoa, sugar, water, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a heavy saucepan; cook under low heat, whisking until the cocoa is dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Gradually add half-and-half and milk and simmer, then add crème de menthe and cacao. Divide into 4-6 mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. 


So what do you think? Has your week warranted a spiked mug of cocoa–or something stronger? Cheers! 


Image by Romulo Yanes for Gourmet.

12 comments:

  1. Today its really cold out. I nearly froze while walking to class. I'm pretty sure I'll be daydreaming about this for the rest of the day.

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  2. There's nothing better than a big mug of minty, boozy hot chocolate :-)

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  3. Snow day part 2 here in Kansas City - I think I'll make this tonight!

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  4. Whoa! I never thought of adding alcohol to hot chocolate...but this sounds pretty darn good.

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  5. Nice... we used to make a similar drink called a Girl Scout.

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  6. YES to this. I love that little bit of "kick" in it. Keeps you extra warm!

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  7. Yum!! We are bracing for a blizzard tonight and I think that this will keep me company!

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  8. Are you kidding me? How did I even miss this..Mint & Chocolate..AMAZING!!

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  9. Ooh, perfect for a snowy Minnesota evening!

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