Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Cocktails Part 2

Hot cocoa is another holiday favorite here are two amazingly rich recipes 

Polar Express Hot Chocolate
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (use a quality chocolate like Ghirardelli)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large pot combine all of the ingredients over low heat. Keep mixture over low heat for 30-40 minutes whisking occasionally until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with the other ingredients. You can add milk here to adjust to your chocolate preference. Give it a good whisking before serving to get it nice and frothy. If you have an immersion blender, that works great here
  2. Serve immediately or pour into a crockpot and keep warm until ready to serve.

White Hot Chocolate

1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine white choco chips and heavy cream. Stir continuously until chips have completelty melted. Stir in half and half, add vanilla and stir occasionally until heated through.

Garnish Hot Cocoa with whipped cream hearts. 

Simply freeze whipped cream on a cookie sheet, use cookie cutter to cut out hearts (obviously you can use a tree, star etc.) and serve with hot cocoa. 

Spike your hot cocoa with:

Peppermint Liquer
Bailey's Irish Cream