I am a hot chocolate aficionado. I don’t drink coffee or tea, so it’s my hot drink of choice; necessary on bitter mornings when even gloves won’t stop the chill and delightful on lazy afternoons spent chatting about everything and nothing. It upsets me when people make hot chocolate from that powder mix – you can’t possibly get a rich, creamy taste when your drink is mostly made from water. This hot chocolate take almost no extra time but feels luxurious – a proper treat. You can leave the booze out if you fancy, but it’s better with a slight kick to cut through the creaminess. Top with all the trimmings – whipped cream, marshmallows, a dash of cocoa powder. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.
- 40g white chocolate, chopped
- 125ml milk (I used semi-skimmed, but use whatever you prefer)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Zest of 1/4 orange
- 1 shot dark rum (optional)
- In a small saucepan, add all of the ingredients except the rum and place on a low heat.
- Whisk gently until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is warmed through. Don't allow it to boil.
- Remove from the heat and add the rum, if using. Whisk vigorously until slightly frothy and pour into a mug, ready to enjoy!