holiday cocktail: spiked (or not) white hot chocolate.

White hot chocolate. It tastes as good as it sounds, and if you give it a little pepp with a candy cane or some peppermint schnapps, it's a toasty good beverage that you can make a bunch of, keep warm on the stove and enjoy all night long.
White chocolate seems so festive for the season, doesn't it? Even if you're not a white chocolate lover, have one taste and you'll agree that this is one luxurious cup of cocoa that's really easy to make. For a peppermint twist, add a candy cane or peppermint cocoa stirrers, like these. If you want to kick it up a notch, try adding a few drops (or more!) of peppermint liqueur.
This recipe comes from The Barefoot Contessa who calls for whole milk. I used a combo of what we had in the frig: whole and non-, so that's my very basic adjustment. My recommendation is to use whatever you have on hand, but be sure to get half-and-half. So worth it!

White Hot Chocolate with Peppermint
So very slightly adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 226

2 cups non-fat milk
2 cups whole or low-fat milk
4 cups half-and-half
1 pound white chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Optional: Peppermint liqueur, such as Peppermint Schnapps
Peppermint sticks, candy canes or fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Bring the milk and half-and-half to just barely a simmer. Add the white chocolate and gently stir until it melts completely, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and whisk vigorously until a bit frothy.

I've left this on the stove for hours, and then re-heated gently as needed. As it cools and sits, you might find a slight film develop. You can bring it back to life with a whip of the whisk. Serve in large mugs and just before serving, add liqueur, if using, and garnish with mint of your choice.

Mugs from Crate & Barrel.


ashley maureen said...

yum. i just bought those peppermint stirrers for a friend... they are the cutest! i can't get enough hot chocolate right now.

paper{whites} said...

me neither! i'm obsessed w/this recipe.

Garden, Home and Party said...

Almost like your mom's White Russians...yummy.