Today I thought it would be fun to feature a classic comfort holiday drink. I drink a lot of tea at home, but at times that gets old and lately all I have been craving is a cup of good ol' fashioned hot chocolate. However, I was interested in mixing up the tried and true recipe and stumbled upon this beauty. Here you go, how good (and comforting) does a lavender hot chocolate sound?
Lavender Hot Chocolate
Yields: 2 servings
Notes: since the lavender is fragrant, adjust the amount according to your preference. For a creamier hot chocolate, a 1:1 ratio or dark to milk chocolate can be used.
For the hot chocolate:
2 cups whole milk
3 oz. dark chocolate (70% cacao)
1 oz. milk chocolate
1/4 tsp. lavender buds
For the whipped cream:
1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 of a vanilla bean pod
1/2 tbsn. sugar
For the whipped cream, place the cold cream, vanilla and sugar into a cold mixing bowl. Beat the mixture with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready for use.
For the hot chocolate, beat the milk and lavender over medium heat, whisking occasionally until the milk begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and let the lavender steep for 5 minutes. Strain the lavender and return the milk to the saucepan. Over medium heat, add the chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted and incorporated. Whisk the milk mixture for 10 - 20 seconds or until frothy. Pour into a large mug and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Can't wait to get into some warm comfy clothes find a good girly rom-com, and sit in bed with a piping hot mug of lavender hot cocoa. I may just have to find my copy of The Holiday and get myself in the Christmas spirit. Much to my amazement it is already December!
Wishing you a lovely weekend
*Credit - Recipe and photos by Michelle via Une Deux Senses