Wednesday, October 31, 2012

hot chocolate with vodka whipped cream

To buckle down & prepare for the storm I wanted something chocolately, creamy, and a little bit mischievous (I is Halloween season after all).  For the perfect night despite the miserable weather, you can easily whip up some hot chocolate with vodka whipped cream in under 5 minutes. You can also use this tasty recipe for some non-mischievous chocolatey goodness (without the vodka).

Ingredients (makes 2 large mugs-worth):
For hot chocolate:
2 1/2 cups skim milk
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
6 oz baking chocolate of choice, chopped
1 tbs vodka of choice (or other spirit, like rum or bailey's)

For whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbs sugar
3 tbs vodka of choice (or other spirit)

1. Combine milk, heavy cream, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer, making sure not to boil the mixture.  


2. Once liquid is at a low simmer, add chopped chocolate and whisk, whisk, whisk until smooth. Add vodka to mixture.

3. Keep heat on low while you make the whipped cream. With a handheld mixer, or a stand mixer, whip the cream until it begins to thicken. Once thick and fluffy, add sugar and vodka. Mix until cloud-like-fluffy.

4. Pour hot chocolate into mugs, top with generous dollops of whipped cream, and sprinkle with shaved chocolate. 

Cheers & enjoy!
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