Recipe: Make Your Own Adults-Only Hot Cocoa

Baby, it's cold outside.

Just because we were not victims of the polar vortex doesn't mean we don't deserve a wintery liquid treat to help us cope with the sub-sixty degree temperatures. Hot chocolate or cocoa is the classic choice and there are certainly plenty of good options in Houston. (And there will be more cold weather in our area before spring arrives.)

If, however, you're looking for a little kick to your cocoa, you're better off making your own adult version at home. I mean, I guess you could take a flask of Jack Daniels to The Chocolate Bar and spike their libations, but let's try to keep it classy, Houston.

During our most recent cold snap I experimented at home with ways to make adults-only hot cocoa (technically, it's not hot chocolate), and here's my preferred recipe.

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Adults-Only Hot Cocoa


Combine sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan. Stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling and stirring for two additional minutes. Add milk and stir until it reaches desired temperature. Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla extract and chocolate liqueur.

Makes 2 servings. You can drink both.

You can see my Pennsylvania loyalties coming through in my choice of cocoa, though I do challenge you to find a better moderately priced, widely available cocoa powder. Use the "special dark" variety and skip the vanilla extract if you prefer a deeper, more intense chocolate flavor. And if you like some spice with your booze, CRAVE also makes a chili chocolate liqueur.

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