Aztec hot chocolate drink with chilli

Aztec hot Chocolate
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2 large cups
  • Serving size: 100g
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 0.19G
  • Fiber: 1.5
  • Protein: 4.5g
Recipe type: Hot drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
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The word chocolate is said to be derived from an Aztec word for “xocoaltl” which means bitter water. The chocolate drink that we know found its origins in an Aztec beverage that was a combination of cocoa beans, chillies, cornmeal, and water. It was very different to what we know today and somewhat of an acquired taste While our version of Aztec hot chocolate has evolved somewhat from its beginnings and is a lot more acceptable to the modern day palettes - one thing that hasn’t changed from Aztec days - is a love of the Chilli!
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Cocoa powder- ¼ cup
  • Sugar- 2 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon sticks – two 2 inch sticks
  • Chillies – 3 birds-eyes (dried)
  • Mezcal (or tequila) – 75ml ( +/- 3 ounces)
  • Whipping cream- for garnishing
  • Cayenne powder - pinch
  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan and set for medium heat.
  2. Add a little boiling water to the cocoa powder. Stir until smooth and add to the milk
  3. Add the cinnamon sticks and chillies
  4. Stir continuously until milk mixture comes to a steady boil.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool (approximately 10 minutes)
  6. Remove cinnamon and chilli. Discard
  7. Bring infused milk back to the boil and add mezcal/tequila
  8. Once heated through pour into cups and garnish with whipped cream and pinch of cayenne powder
  9. Enjoy!
Keywords: mexican hot chocolate recipe tequila

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