Aztec Drinking Chocolate Recipe

Aztec Drinking Chocolate Recipe
Staff Writer
Aztec drinking chocolate

Ryan Benyi/ryanbenyi.com

Aztec drinking chocolate

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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

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. 

Chocolate Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Chocolate Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.

Chocolate Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.