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A classic [Latin American] favorite.

The best way to experience Mexican hot chocolate is relaxing on a terrace overlooking the heart of Mexico. There, the twinkling lights of the nighttime city will dance for your eyes, and the warmth from the chocolate will embrace you. For a sensual home version, sit in your own backyard under the black sky of night and try a sip from the recipe below.

Yield: 2 servings

  • 3 ounces Mexican chocolate*
  • 3 cups milk or water cinnamon for topping

Chop the chocolate in a blender or grate by hand. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour the hot milk over the chocolate. Using a whisk, hand mixer, or blender, whisk the milk vigorously until the chocolate melts and the milk is frothy. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.

*Mexican chocolate is available in most Latino markets. If, however, you don't have access to such a specialized place, you can substitute bittersweet chocolate combined with a couple shakes of cinnamon. Feel free to add a touch of sugar to your liking, but know that you won't be drinking authentic Mexican hot chocolate if it's sweet.


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