My luxury Baileys Hot Chocolate. It is beginning to look like Christmas with only eight more sleeps as my girls reminded me this morning. Their advent calendars have a handy reminder to help build up the excitement! If you are not quite feeling the festive cheer yet, then this could be the recipe for you. Deliciously smooth homemade hot chocolate laced with one of the world’s favourite liqueurs. Finished with lashings of Jersey cream, melted marshmallow pieces, and more chocolate.
A little bit of Hot Chocolate History
As far back as two and a half thousand years’ ago a version of chocolate was drunk by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. This was not how we drink it now. It was served cold and made of a paste of cocoa beans with chillies and other spices. Indeed because of the rarity value chocolate was a luxury for aristocrats and royalty only. It was only in the seventeenth century did the sweetened, heated version we know today appear in coffee houses. After that modern cocoa powder was only invented another hundred years later in Holland.
You will find most modern drinking chocolate is made from a mix of cocoa powder, chocolate powder, milk powder, and sugar. The higher the quality the more cocoa powder will be in the mix. You will find you can make a far superior hot chocolate yourself – following the recipe below – to ready-made drinking chocolate. The Baileys is not a key ingredient it just adds an extra festive flavour. Serve with a festive shortbread.
Luxury Baileys Hot Chocolate
- Small heavy-bottomed pan
- 500 ml Full fat Jersey Milk
- 150 ml Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
- 150 gr 70% Dark Chocolate drops or pistoles
- 50 g Caster sugar
- 2 heaped tablespoons high quality Cocoa Powder
- ½ whole Vanilla Pod
- Cocoa powder
- Whipped Jersey cream
- Large Marshmallows
- Shortbread biscuits
- Gently bring the milk to a simmer in small heavy bottomed saucepan. Whisk a little of the milk into the sugar and cocoa powder and stir until no lumps remain.
- Return to the pan and stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla and reheat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted. Turn off heat and whisk in the Baileys.
- Pour the hot chocolate into each mug, then top with whipped cream. Garnish with marshmallows and more chocolate.