It's finally beginning to feel like fall here! We have been suffering through the dregs of summer in the ninety degree heat all week until now. I'm taking advantage of the chilly weather and drinking a delicious spicy hot cocoa. Despite not having a fire pit, we do have an outdoor swing where we can sit and enjoy a beverage and look at all the fall leaves. We have so many hundred year old trees turning orange and yellow in our neighborhood, so autumn is quickly becoming my favorite season at the new house.
This recipe is a nice twist on the classic hot chocolate. I used spices I had around the house to give it an upgrade, and it was wildly different than anything I've had before. Sam and I are both spice lovers, so when I was thinking of a fun fall drink to shoot, I knew I wanted it to have a spicy twist. No more boring hot chocolate!
You can cut back a little on the cayenne pepper if you're not into too much spice. It has a real kick with a half teaspoon, so maybe go easy to start out.
Sam was my assistant on this shoot. You can see him above pouring the milk. He's been so nice to me today, taking me to the extremely crowded flea market and leaving empty-handed... Thanks Sam!
CAYENNE HOT COCOA RECIPE
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (less if you don't want it to be too spicy)
4 cups of milk
In a medium saucepan or pot add the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Stir with a whisk until mixed. Slowly whisk in the milk to avoid lumps. Once integrated, bring to up the heat slowly, whisking continuously until heated through.
Serve hot with a cinnamon stick as garnish
*Special thanks to Kari Kinder of Kairos ceramics for the gorgeous mug!