St. Lucian Cocoa Tea Recipe
Although this "tea" is not steeped (technically it is more like a porridge), it is classified as such by St. Lucians because it is a hot beverage. Particularly popular on the island in the fall, when cocoa pods are readily available at markets there, the sweet, hot drink is traditionally enjoyed with hot bakes — Caribbean biscuit-like breads.
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons ground cocoa
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon white flour (optional)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
Put two cups of water on to boil and add in the grated cocoa, nutmg, and cinnamon.
Allow the mixture to boil for approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the milk and flour (if desired) to thicken the drink. Make sure to stir continually to prevent lumps. Add sugar to taste.