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Holiday Beverage Share: Aka love in a cup. Simple. Wonderful. Spanish Drinking Chocolate.
Spotlight on my favorite herb: Coca.
Spotlight on my favorite thing to make at parties: Beverages.
Beverages? Yes. Who prepares beverages at a gathering?
Bartenders and/or Storytellers. If you’re lucky enough to have one.
Did you know Charles Dickens told stories to guests while he blended and brewed?
Grab the ingredients and a fancy butcher knife, or at least a sharp one. Say no to cheap chocolate. Get the good stuff…
OK. Don’t kill me here. I blend herbs for a living so you will need a scale. A cheap digital one will work.
250g of bittersweet chocolate (I use 2.5 bars of Lindt 70% Smooth Dark)
Several small cups. Trust me no one should drink 6-8 ounces of this stuff. Keep it Small. Short. Simple.
Perhaps a wooden cutting board…those are trendy right now…
A few bars of bittersweet chocolate…and begin to chop. Chop. Chop. Chop. Your chocolate should be more than 60%.
When you chop it–it should look kind of like the picture above. If it does not–you are already in trouble probably because you bought cheap chocolate and/or it was less than 60% Cocoa.
Ok. It’s this simple and this hard.
Take 1/2 cup of milk and dump your cornstarch in it. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
Take the rest of the milk and dump it in your pan with the sugar. Let it boil…whisking pretty constantly. No one wants burned sugar milk mixture.
When it boils, add chocolate and whisk until melted. Add milk/starch mixture and stir until thick. rich. fabulous.
It will look kind of like the picture below. This will not be stand a fork in it thick. Don’t try to make it a brick.
Remember small cups. Better them asking for an encore than feeling heavy, bloated, sick. That’s not the impression we’re going for.
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