Before you make this recipe, I've got a big ol' caveat to throw out there. You all know how much we love chocolate, right (I mean I do have a Pinterest board dedicated to it)? Well, then you'll understand why this is not hot cocoa but hot chocolate. We're talking real deal, Euro-style hot chocolate which is basically drinkable ganache and a dessert unto itself. So, we used really good dark chocolate, some milk, and spiced it so it's got a flavor reminiscent of Mexican chocolate but then took it there by spiking it with top-shelf aged tequila so that about two sips in, you'll be feeling really comfy and cozy.
plus more for garnish
split lengthwise and seeds scraped and reserved
Place almond milk or milk, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and vanilla seeds in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. When it simmers, set mixture aside to steep for at least 10 minutes or until the mixture is flavored to the level you like.
Return milk to stove over medium heat and whisk chocolate, 1 tablespoon sugar, and salt until chocolate is melted and smooth. Add 2 ounces tequila and simmer another 5 minutes. Taste and add additional sugar or tequila, as desired. Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick.
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