REI | Holiday Recipe: Hot Chocolate

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One of the best ways to brave the deep chill of winter is with a warm cozy drink in hand. Whether you enjoy them at home or on the go, nearly every occasion can be enhanced with a nice warm beverage.
To give you a little inspiration, we’ve put together three of our favorite warm drinks recipes. We have a Mexican Hot Chocolate that adds a spicy kick to your standard hot cocoa, an Apple-Pear Mulled Cider that’s great for serving to large groups, and a Dirty Chai Latte that’s perfect for a morning or mid-afternoon caffeine boost. Put these drinks on steady rotation this winter and it’ll be spring before you know it.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
If you enjoy spicy drinks, then this Mexican Hot Chocolate is the perfect winter time pick-me-up. Using a whole chili pepper lends a distinct kick to this drink, but the milk chocolate tempers the heat slightly so it won’t overwhelm your taste buds..
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6 cups (1.5 qt) milk
3 cinnamon sticks
1 dried chile de arbol
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips (or semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped)
Pinch of salt
Add the milk, cinnamon stick and chile to a small saucepot. Bring the milk to a simmer over medium, then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the milk from developing a skin.
Remove the cinnamon stick and chile. Stir in the sugar, then the cocoa powder, then the chocolate chips, and a pinch of salt. Stir until smooth.
Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon if desired.

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