Today was the first day it seemed like cold weather is just around the corner.
I suddenly felt the need to get sweaters out of storage and put the summer clothes away. The grocery store had pumpkins and hay bales displayed in the front. The sun was bright, but not as warm as it used to be.
It was the first day that drinking a cup of hot chocolate felt just right for the weather. I love how hot beverages become such an important ritual to cold winter days. Common events seem so much more significant. Coffee with friends, hot tea with scones, hot chocolate by the fireplace…
How do you like to drink yours?
Coffee — yes, definitely made each day in the french press and poured into an oversized mug. Lots of milk, and generous spoonfuls of sucanat (dried sugar cane juice).
Hot Tea — black tea or green, always with cream and extra honey. Chai tea too with milk, served hot or cold over ice while I’m wrapping presents.
Hot Chocolate — do you put marshmallows on yours, or a pile of whipped cream? It always makes me think about camping trips and football games. I have a delicious recipe for hot chocolate, the classic way it should be.
Hot Chocolate Recipe
For each serving:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
- small sprinkle of cinnamon
The real secret to this recipe is in the method. First warm the milk in a pot over medium heat for a couple of minutes, swirling it occasionally to keep the milk from scalding.
Then if you have one, use an immersion blender to mix the ingredients. It will froth the milk and smoothly blend the cocoa. Blend gently to prevent it from from spilling.
If you want to pretend you’re in the movie Chocolat, add a tiny sprinkle of red cayenne pepper– it’s good! Drink and enjoy!
What’s your favorite — coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or something different? How do you make your favorite drink on a cold day?
Bring your favorite winter soup recipe to share. You can share it in the comments or write about it on your blog and share the link to it. I can’t wait to hear your favorites and learn some new soup recipes to try this season.