Warm & Comforting Mexican Hot Chocolate

Bring a little heat into your life with a cup of this Mexican hot chocolate. With the added spices and espresso granules this classic warm beverage will never be the same.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

What you need:

  • 3 oz (1/2 cup/90 mL unsweetened) semi-sweet chocolate baking squares or chips
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) Redpath Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) instant espresso granules
  • 1 1/4 tsp (6 mL) ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) water
  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) almond extract
  • cinnamon sticks, for garnish
  • sweetened whipped cream (optional)

How to prepare:
1. Combine chocolate, sugar, espresso granules, cinnamon, salt, orange zest, and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Whisk in milk and almond extract, and continue to cook over low heat, making sure not to bring mixture back to a boil. Remove saucepan from the stove, and whisk hot chocolate until foamy.

3. Pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream and use a cinnamon stick for garnish, if desired.

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