Saturday, March 23, 2013

Snow Day

This hot chocolate is thick, sweet, spicy, and complex. It reminds me both of the time I spent in warm Okinawa, of backpacking through Nicaragua, and the chilly Andean nights of Cutervo, Peru.

Okinawa Hot Chocolate

-handful raw cacao beans, ground for 30 seconds
-1/2 c. boiling water
-1/2 chile de arbol, crumbled
-1 stick cinnamon
-4-5 whole cloves
-1 oz dark chocolate
-several large chunks Okinawan black sugar
-milk, to taste

Combine everything, and heat over low heat until everything has married together (around 30 minutes).  Raise heat, bring to a simmer, and strain. Enjoy hot on a snowy day.

(Okinawan black sugar & cacao beans)

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