Hot Chocolate with Fortified Spirits (for a fortified spirit)


It’s a cold night and we are home with our pitiful dog who is in need of knee surgery. We’ve got no plans for the night and after a particularly tough couple weeks filled with loss and grief, our spirits could use some fortifying with some fortified spirits.

fortified: past participle, past tense of for·ti·fy (Verb). Strengthen or invigorate (someone) mentally or physically.

After searching the interwebs for a recipe, I found the following:

Adult Hot Chocolate with Nutella and Fortified Spirits (from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite)

Ingredients:
1/3 cup Nutella
1-1/3 cups milk, divided use
2 jiggers spirits (i.e. Maker’s Mark, Jamesons, Baileys, Frangelico Kahlua)
Garnish: Whipped cream and cocoa powder (optional)

Directions:
1) Place Nutella and 1/3 cup milk in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until blended.
2) Add reserved 1 cup milk, increase heat to medium-high, and whisk until hot and frothy. Pour into two 8-oz. coffee mugs. Pour 1 jigger (shot glass) of desired spirit into each glass and stir well. Top with heavy cream and sprinkle lightly with cocoa powder. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.

I didn’t top with whipped or heavy cream or cocoa powder, but it is tasty nonetheless. Just what we needed! Merry early Christmas!

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