today is finally feeling like december here. there's frost on the fields and a chill in the air. i love it! since it's finally cold enough to enjoy a steaming cup of cocoa, i wanted to share my hot chocolate recipe that i make every year. i always improvise this recipe, but below is the general formula i follow (feel free to get creative with it if the mood strikes you : )
2 cups eggnog
3 cups milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup cocoa mix (ghirardelli's mix is great!)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1. place dry ingredients (cocoa mix, unsweetened cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon) in a medium pot and pour eggnog over. whisk until combined over medium heat. the liquid should be velvety smooth.
2. add milk slowly while whisking continuously. allow hot chocolate to come to desired temperature.
3. place a few chocolate chips in the bottom of each mug and pour hot chocolate over top. garnish with marshmallows.
option: stir with a candy cane for mint hot cocoa!
this hot cocoa is best if enjoyed fireside while watching white christmas with bing crosby.