Spicy Mocha

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

4 1/2 cups whole milk

4 small dried red chilies (such as chilies de arbol)

3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

3 cups espresso

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup whipping cream

Directions

  1. Combine the milk, chilies, and cinnamon sticks in a heavy large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Remove from the heat. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Whisk in the espresso, sugar, and 1 cup of cocoa powder. Bring the hot chocolate to a simmer, whisking often. Discard the chilies and cinnamon sticks. 
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the powdered sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa powder in a large bowl to blend. Add the cream and whisk until the mixture is thick. 
  3. Ladle the hot chocolate into 8 mugs. Spoon the chocolate whipped cream atop and serve immediately.

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