Sweet & Spicy Hot Christmas Cocoa Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Hot Christmas Cocoa Recipe

hot cocoa recipe

SPICY CHRISTMAS COCOA RECIPE

Are you ready for the ultimate cozy cocoa recipe for a cold winter's day, such as today, which just so happens to be the longest day of the year - aka - The Winter Solstice. 

WHAT IS THE WINTER SOLSTICE?
The word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day.

At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn.
— FARMER'S ALMANAC

We dreamed up a frothy, creamy, warming, gently spiced hot chocolate. And guess else we did? It’s topped with homemade toasted marshmallow fluff! Yeah, we went there! 


DID YOU KNOW?

Dark chocolate has a ton of antioxidants when heated, so this is a really good reason to get some cocoa powder to make your own. GRAB SOME COCOA POWDER HERE. 

INGREDIENTS
• 1 tsp cocoa, dutched (we love Herbal Cafe Dutched Cocoa, non-gmo!)
• 1 cup of whole organic milk
• ¼ tsp organic cinnamon
• A pinch of sea salt
• 1/8 tsp turmeric  
• 1-2 tbsp raw organic coconut sugar
• Organic whipped heavy cream (for topping, optional)
Marshmallow for topping

Heat your milk on the stove or in the microwave for one minute. Stir cocoa powder into hot milk until mixed thoroughly. Add a dash of cinnamon and sea salt and finish with whipped cream and marshmallows. Add marshmallow topping and enjoy!

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HOT APPLE CIDER - ORGANIC | PALEO FRIENDLY

For this hot apple cider recipe, splurge on high-end apple cider vinegar. The one I use for all my recipes that call for apple cider vinegar – or ACV – is Bragg’s. This particular ACV is both raw and organic and comes with “the mother” in the bottle. 
 “In French, the word “vinegar” actually means “sour wine.” Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance,” says nutritionist Kris Gunnars over at Authority Nutrition. 


INGREDIENTS

  • Raw apple cider vinegar with the "mother”
  • Raw organic local honey
  • Cinnamon, cloves and allspice
  • Water

Now depending on how many guests you have or if this is just for yourself to cuddle up with a good book, the amount of ingredients are going to vary. Use this guide as good rule of thumb:

For each guest, use six ounces of boiling hot water and to that add 1 tsp of ACV, 2 tsp. honey and a dash of spices.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. Delicious and good for you too! Happy Holidays!

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