'Dust with a pinch of cayenne powder and garnish with cinnamon. OR Dust with grated chocolate and garnish with dried red chiles'
hot chocolate mix, honey, vanilla extract, pepper vodka, heavy cream
The Great Montezuma Hot Chocolate Drink
Photo by Steve Tesky
Richard Sterling developed this recipe, which is his version of how the Spaniards transformed Montezuma’s favorite beverage, with the addition of alcohol. He commented: "Salud! Drink to the Old World and the New."
12 ounces prepared hot chocolate (not too sweet)
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 jiggers pepper vodka
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Cayenne powder and cinnamon sticks for garnish
Grated chocolate and dried red chiles for garnish (optional)
Combine the chocolate, honey, vanilla and vodka in a small pitcher. Pour into two long stemmed glasses or Irish coffee glasses. Float the cream on the tops of the two drinks. Dust with a pinch of Cayenne pepper and garnish with cinnamon sticks, or dust with grated chocolate and garnish with dried red chiles. Cut them lengthwise and fix them to the edges of the glasses.
Yield: 2 servings
Heat Scale: Mild