Now onto the fun stuff! I promised you a recipe to use the chocolate syrup recipe from yesterday. This is my favorite hot chocolate recipe full of chocolate and cherry goodness and there is even a dairy free version!
|Hot Chocolate Cherry Cordial|
Hot Chocolate Cherry Cordial
2 1/2 Cups milk
3/4 Cup half & half or cream
3/4 Cup chocolate syrup
1/4 Cup maraschino cherry juice
Place milk, half & half, chocolate syrup and maraschino cherry juice in a saucepan. Whisk over med-low heat until hot, but not boiling. Spoon into mugs and top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and maraschino cherries or marshmallows.
*This recipe doubles or triples nicely and can go into a crock-pot on low heat for parties. When I make it for parties I put the cherries and the juice into the mix.
*We served this at an open house last winter and it was the first thing to disappear (along with homemade marshmallows for topping.
For a dairy free version:
Healthy Top by MimiCreme for whipped cream. Some have thought the dairy free version wasn't quite sweet enough, so you can add a little extra chocolate sauce or a bit of sugar to the milk.
*For a grown-up version, add a splash of cherry brandy or vodka to the mugs before filling.