Drinks All Around

Like many people, I enjoy a good drink. Especially when I’ve just completed a book–I deserve to celebrate! I am also obsessed with chocolate. 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes happens to combine these two delights into a recipe called “Homemade Mocha Cream Liqueur”. All credit goes to Carol Gelles for this wonderful concoction.

You will need:
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp instant coffee
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup vodka
2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
In a saucepan, stir together sugar, water, cocoa, and instant coffee. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until all ingredients have dissolved and are combined. Remove from heat. Stir in condensed milk, cream, vodka, and vanilla. Pour into a container and chill.

I like it mixed with iced coffee, though I’ve also been known to drink it straight over ice, because chocolate.

A Winter Treat

As we brace for yet another storm (really, winter, this is getting old), I wanted to share one of my favorite homemade hot chocolate recipes. Enjoy!

Image courtesy of Wikiphoto
Image courtesy of Wikiphoto

What You Need:

2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions for Two Servings:

Mix ingredients together. Stir 1/4 cup mix and 2 tbsp hot water in a medium-size saucepan until blended. Gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups milk. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

I like to put the dry mix in fun plastic containers from the dollar store and tie the directions to it with ribbon. Take that, winter!