Chocolate and peppermint are a long time favorite flavor combination of mine. Really, I love the two together so much that I concocted a hot cocoa recipe (dairy free) that’s kept me cozy all Winter. Now I know you may be wondering why I’m blogging about hot cocoa with Spring on the way, but the evenings in the Pacific NW continue to be chilly…definitely not open toe heel kinda weather yet (darn,) so I’m squeezing in a few more cups before they’re replaced with a frozen alternative. Plus St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend so chocolate and peppermint just seem fitting.
If you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day bash I haven’t forgotten about you. Just a few simple steps and these transform into party shooters both festive and fabulous for your party this weekend.
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Creamy and chocolaty with a hint of peppermint sure to keep you cozy until the weather warms up.
(makes 2 servings or 4 shooters)
2 Cups Vanilla Coconut Milk (I use silk brand) if you’re not dairy free you can use regular milk or soy.
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
4 drops peppermint oil (to taste) (if making for shooters, omit the peppermint oil)
(The coconut milk I purchase is already lightly sweetened so not much sugar is necessary…if you purchase an unsweetened version you can add your sugar to taste.)
Pour coconut milk in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Whisk in raw sugar and cocoa powder and allow to boil for one minute until combined.
Reduce heat to low and add in peppermint oil.
Remove from heat and pour into your favorite mug.
Now if you know me well, you know I wouldn’t leave without sharing the party alternative…oh yes, as you can see below, this hot cocoa transforms into the perfect Paddy’s Day party shooter.
St. Patrick’s Day Shooters
(here’s what you’ll need in addition to the hot cocoa above)
4 shot glasses
2 oz dairy free dark chocolate
Green & White Sprinkles
St. Patrick’s Sugar Rim
Place dark chocolate in heat proof dish and heat in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.
Rim shot glasses with dark chocolate in dip in festive sprinkles until fully coated.
Fill shot glasses half full with hot cocoa and top with Peppermint Schnapps to taste.
Did you know that Easter is in March this year? Stay tuned for more inspiration and recipes coming soon.
Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!