Aztec Drinking Chocolate Recipe

Aztec drinking chocolate
Ryan Benyi/ryanbenyi.com

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups cream; you can also use whole milk, or preferably a mixture of the two
  • ½ vanilla bean, split length-wise
  • 1 dried red chile, split and seeded
  • One 2-3-inch cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-2½ ounces bittersweet or Mexican chocolate
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
  • Whipped cream, optional, for garnish

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Directions

In a small saucepan over low heat, bring milk/cream, vanilla bean, chili, cinnamon, and salt to a gentle simmer. Let simmer about 2 minutes.

Add chocolate and whisk until completely melted. Once melted, turn off the heat and let the flavors infuse for about 10-12 minutes.

Strain into a clean pot, reheat gently, and divide between 2 glasses, and garnish with optional whipped cream (for extra credit) and a shaving of nutmeg. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

268 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

13%

Servings:

2
  • Fat 30g 47%
  • Carbs 59g 20%
  • Saturated 18g 88%
  • Fiber 5g 19%
  • Sugars 52g
  • Monounsaturated 9g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 15g 31%
  • Cholesterol 41mg 14%
  • Sodium 473mg 20%
  • Calcium 504mg 50%
  • Magnesium 108mg 27%
  • Potassium 768mg 22%
  • Iron 2mg 12%
  • Zinc 2mg 17%
  • Phosphorus 419mg 60%
  • Vitamin A 194µg 22%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 44%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 9%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 28µg 7%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 31%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 6µg 7%
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