Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa
As I pen these words, we are experiencing some of the coldest weather in recent memory.

It started four days ago and is supposed to continue for at least another week. Dark gloomy skies with a lite snow constantly falling. The highs are well below the freeing mark, and wind chills are in negative territory.

Okay enough of that… How about a nice refreshing hot cocoa?

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 3/4 cfiltered water

  • 5.4 ozcoconut milk, full fat variety, 1 small can

  • 2 Tbspcocoa powder, unsweetened variety

  • 1 Tbspfresh clover honey

  • 1 pinchsalt, kosher variety, fine grind

  • 1/2 tspvanilla extract

  • OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • 1 – 2 pinchground cinnamon

  • 1 – 2 pinchground nutmeg

  • 1 pinchcayenne pepper

  • 1 ozpeppermint schnapps

  • 1 ozbourbon

How to Make Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

  1. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    PREP/PREPARE

  2. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    You will need a saucepan, and a good mug to make and serve this recipe.

    That is about it.

  3. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).

  4. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    Add the water, coconut milk cocoa, honey, and salt to a small saucepan over medium heat.

  5. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    If you are adding any of the optional items, do so now.

  6. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    Whisk constantly, until all of the ingredients are dissolved and begins to boil, about 4 – 5 minutes.

  7. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    Reduce the heat to medium low and lightly simmer for an additional 6 – 8 minutes, stirring every minute or so.

  8. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

  9. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    PLATE/PRESENT

  10. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    Pour in a large mug and serve while still nice and hot. Enjoy.

  11. Beverage Essentials: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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