Ai Caliente: Mexican Hot Chocolate

4 weeks ago

Ai Caliente: Mexican Hot Chocolate

mexican hot chocolate

Thank the Aztecs for coming up with a spicy hot chocolate drink. History has had its eye on the drink since then, and it has been passed down from generation to generation and from country to country. Now, its recipe is in your hands, and in just four steps, you’ll discover why a spiced up hot chocolate has lasted this long.


Mexican Hot Chocolate

Makes 3-4 servings


2 ¼ cups Water

⅔ cup Sugar

2 Tbsps Unsweetened cocoa powder

½ tsp Ground cinnamon or a stick of cinnamon, plus more for garnish

1 cup Full cream powdered milk

3 Tbsps Butter

½ cup Grated or finely chopped unsweetened chocolate

¼ tsp Cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp Vodka (optional)

  • Whipping cream


  1. Combine water, sugar, and cocoa powder in a pot. Heat mixture over medium heat and bring to a rolling boil. Lower the flame and continue to simmer for about 1-2 minutes more to cook the cocoa powder.
  2. Turn off the heat then add cinnamon and powdered milk. Use a whisk to blend the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Add the butter and grated chocolate then stir to melt. Finish with cayenne pepper and vodka, if using.
  4. Whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Transfer the hot chocolate into individual glasses and top with a huge dollop of cream. Dust some ground cinnamon on the cream before serving.


Recipe by Chef Patty Loanzon

Photographed by Floyd Jhocson of Studio 100


Looking for other hot drinks to warm up your senses?

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Hot Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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