For this Merry Monday what better way to start than with a holiday adult cocoa. A rich and luxurious chocolate drink is soothing, but a little brandy makes everything better. Try this brandied cocoa from Epicurious.com
The thickness and bitterness of your drink will depend on your chocolate’s level of cacao, which varies among brands. Epicurious used Lindt to good effect, but added more cornstarch for extra thickening. Chocolate with more than 60 percent cacao will be too bitter.
Brandied Hot Chocolate
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 10 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
- 2 tablespoons brandy (optional), or to taste
Whisk together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons milk.
Bring water to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then reduce heat to moderately low and add chopped chocolate and a pinch of salt, whisking until smooth.
Add cream and remaining milk (1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons) and increase heat to moderate, then cook, whisking occasionally, until mixture is smooth and heated through. Taste; for a deeper chocolate flavor, whisk in cocoa.
Whisk cornstarch mixture, then add half to chocolate mixture and simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add brandy (if using) and remaining cornstarch mixture to thicken if desired, then simmer, whisking, 1 minute.
This could turn out to be a drink you share with company or a special someone, but whatever moment you share this drink in will be a good one. Create lasting memories this holiday. Share a drink with someone special.