And today is a perfect day for a nice cup of rich creamy cocoa. It's a lazy, cozy kind of day. We-don't-have-to-drive-anywhere kind of day. It's time for some drinking chocolate! So to get the girls off my back, so-to-speak, I entice them with their share first. Extra whipped cream, and chocolate shavings, of course.
It takes them just a couple of minutes to chug it down. Kids... They just don't savor stuff! ;)
But we do! And since we don't have to drive anywhere today, I've decided to add a little "grown-up flair": a splash of Godiva liquor, and some Vanilla rum. Perfectly finished with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, naturally! :)
To make my cocoa, I use this rough formula (per cup):
- milk - 6 oz
- cocoa powder - 3 TBS
- sugar to taste (about 2 TBS for us)
There are two important things to remember in order to make a perfect cup of hot chocolate: do not to let the milk boil, and mix your cocoa powder and sugar with a splash of hot water prior to adding it to the milk. This will prevent the clumps of powder, and will make the cocoa silky smooth.
For our "grown-up" hot chocolate I added about an ounce (total) of Godiva chocolate liquor and Capt. Morgan's Vanilla rum to the cup, before pouring cocoa into it. I also used lavender sugar in place of plain sugar, for an extra hint of blissfulness. Oh, and blissful it was!!! Bottoms up!