| Who doesn't love a hot chocolate? It's cold outside, perhaps a bit drizzly. It might snow. Feeling a bit groggy? A Hot Chocolate would bring us back to a bright place!|
Wait! What's that? This one has chilies in it? What?!
I wanted to do something a little different than a standard hot chocolate. First, this recipe is in complete and total respect to the origin of the word "Chocolate". It pays home to the Latin origin, while being simple to make and modernized enough for it to translate like a hot comforting cup of cocoa, but with a faint titillating tickle near the back your throat.
The word "chocolate" comes from the Aztec word "xocolātl". Xocolātl (meaning "bitter water") was an ancient beverage of cocoa beans, maize, various spices, honey and chili! This was a special drink, reserved for warriors and nobles. It's generally believed that this wasn't a sweet concoction and that sugar and cream was added by the Europeans, many years later.
Give it a shot! You won't be sorry!