Planning to enjoy a cup — or 20 — of hot cocoa this winter?
Sure, the old-fashioned regular way to make the drink with a bit of cocoa and hot milk is delicious, but Food Network Kitchens shared an innovative way to make the drink stand out for you, your family or your holiday guests.
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
Sift ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk the mixture together to be sure the spices are evenly distributed.
Stir 3 tablespoons of the mix into 1 ½ cups of hot milk. Serve in large mugs. Store the rest of the mix in a tightly-sealed jar.
To make vanilla sugar
For those who want to further test their culinary skills, split ½ of a fresh vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife. Combine 2 cups of granulated sugar with the vanilla pod and seeds and store in an airtight container for at least one week.