Cayenne-Infused Hot Cocoa

Cayenne-Infused Hot Cocoa

Total Time: 00h 15m
Hands-on Time: 00h 10m
Makes: 1 serving

The ancient Aztecs first developed cocoa as a beverage and it was invariably spiked with fiery chili peppers, which compliment the fruity, earthy bitterness of cocoa in an amazing way. 

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  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to simmer, stirring frequently.
  2. Add cocoa, sugar and cayenne. Whisk vigorously until fully dissolved and frothy.
Chef's Notes:
  1. Top with whipped cream and a light dusting of more cayenne. Or substitute ground chipotle chilies for the cayenne to create a smolderingly smoky version.
  2. If you'd like to replicate a more authentic Aztec drink, substitute the more emphatically flavored natural cocoa powder for the Dutch-processed.