Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate
This adult version of a holiday favorite is scrumptious and sweet.
FOR THE HOT CHOCOLATE
- 6 oz. quality bittersweet chocolate chopped
- 4 cups whole milk any type
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup 6 oz. peppermint vodka
- 1 candy cane crushed
- 4 candy canes for garnish
FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 mL peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the chopped chocolate and milk until melted (about 10 minutes).
For 20 minutes more, whisk frequently and vigorously to prevent burning and to let air into the mixture to make it creamy.
Reduce heat to low, and stir in the vanilla and peppermint vodka.
Meanwhile, make the whipped cream. Combine whipping cream and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with the whisk attachment) or in a large bowl with a hand mixer. Mix on low speed until thickened.
Add the essential oil and continue whipping until stiff. Peaks should form when you lift the beater(s) from the whipped cream.
Ladle the hot chocolate into four mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes. Garnish with a candy cane.
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