Monday, January 15, 2007

Mixology Monday XI

Imbibe Unfiltered is hosting this edition of Mixology Monday and the theme is Winter Warmers.

There aren't too many warming drinks to enjoy during summer but it always seems a good time for hot chocolate. So with Hayden Wood and his excellent book The Liquid Kitchen: Party drinks as my guide I came upon something a little different for a flamed hot drink.

In this recipe hot chocolate is imbued with Cognac, cloves and cinnamon to create something that will warm you with it's spice and it's heat and have you looking at hot chocolate in a new way.


Cognac, Clove and Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
[Makes 2]

60ml Remy Martin Cognac
5 whole cloves
½ cinnamon stick
2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons pure cream, whipped
250ml hot chocolate
2 cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Flame cloves and cinnamon with Cognac, then add to glasses.
Top with hot chocolate and whipped cream then garnish with a cinnamon stick.

To flame:
Heat a long handled jug until hot, pour in Cognac and swirl before lighting the vapours. Once alight add the cloves and cinnamon stick and continue to swirl for about 30 seconds. Strain and then it's ready to use.

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  1. Haalo,

    One of my favorite things in the world is hot chocolate. It's the perfect drink for those long, tedious days, when arriving home is a present from heavens. :D

    Cinnamon is my favorite flavor - I'm very interested in this recipe!

  2. I'd like two cases, please, express delivery.

  3. Mmmm, chocolate and cognac, a marriage made in heaven from two of my favourite things. I suppose if you wanted to preserve the alcohol by not flaming you could heat the spices in the hot chocolate instead, I'm such a lush!

  4. Hi Patricia - hope you get to try this out!

    Thanks Paz!

    Hmm, think it might be cold chocolate by the time it gets to you Trig ;)

    Excellent idea Neil, will have to try that next time!


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