Choc Lit Christmas Special – Day 9

choclit-logoxmassmallerYesterday we shared some delicious chocolate food recipes with you, but on a cold day, maybe all you need is a hot drink instead? Well, we might be able to help you with that too! Here are some of our “specials” that will warm you right down to your toes:-

MargaretWhy is it that chocolate and brandy go so well together? I guess we’ll never know, but I’m happy to carry on trying to find out. Some Cadbury’s hot chocolate, whisked into a foam and enhanced with some VSOP certainly keeps out the cold.

Sue – Lots of whisky, a spoon of clear honey, a little hot water. If you have a cold, add a Lemsip. Drink in front of a nice fire over a good book.

Chris – A large measure of Talisker, to be taken by the fire. I’ve had this on the deck of a boat on New Year’s Eve too and it’s equally good there.

Linda – Juice of a lemon, same quantity of brandy, a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of cinnamon in a glass topped up with hot water.  Great if you have a cold.  Even greater on a cold night, wrapped up in bed with a good book!

JaneHalf fill a mug with single cream and half with milk. Add a few squares of good-quality chocolate and microwave gently until the chocolate has melted and the milk is hot. Stir. Top with large marshmallow (must be large, not those prissy little ones) and drink through the resulting sticky mass. Delicious. Unless you have a beard, in which case, leave off the marshmallow …

Henriette – Papa Gyland’s Red Wine Toddy – Fill a mug (or a toddy glass) with red wine to the halfway mark, add the juice of half an orange, then a measure of schnapps or brandy.  Sweeten with sugar to taste, and pour in boiling water.  Stir and serve steaming hot.  If you feel you’re about to come down with a cold, make up my father’s toddy and take yourself to bed immediately.  I promise you, it works.  Probably because no one dares to be ill after that …

clxmashotchocKate – Hot toddy recipes … oh dear I’ve already done mine! Hot chocolate with Baileys in it. It’ll cure whatever’s wrong with you. Including verticality.

LizI’m drinking hot chocolate now.  Recipe: put three heaped teaspoons of Cadbury’s Highlights into a mug, and (if, like me, you have a sweet tooth) either a heaped teaspoon of sugar or two artificial sweeteners.  Add boiling water, and stir.  It’s delicious. That’s the best I can do, I’m afraid!!  I have one mug of my hot chocolate (with sweeteners, not sugar) every afternoon, and I love it.

Christina – And mine is hot chocolate too (non-alcoholic), but a slightly different version. Take one teaspoon of cocoa and six teaspoons of white sugar and stir together in a mug. Add eight to ten teaspoons of double cream (or whipped cream if you have some to hand) and stir this in too. (I would recommend tasting at this point, very decadent!) Pour boiling water over this mixture, stir, and add a little bit of cold full milk to make it instantly drinkable!

Juliet – I’ll stick to wine!

And why not? It definitely keeps you warm! We hope you’re all nice and toasty now!?

What’s your favourite hot drink/toddy?  We’d love some more recipes to add to this collection!  And please come back tomorrow if you’d like to see some of our favourite Christmas photos – plus you’ll have a chance to win another Choc Lit title as well!

6 thoughts on “Choc Lit Christmas Special – Day 9

  1. I’ve never tried hot chocolate with brandy… *roots through the drinks cupboard to find some* …but I can recommend hot chocolate with a splash of peppermint schnapps. It’s delish. Otherwise, I drink mulled wine (cheap red wine, sugar to taste, tsp of whole cloves and one of ground cinnamon and the juice of one orange and one lemon) at this time of year. It reminds me of standing outside in Christmas markets in Germany, warming my hands on the ceramic mug and sipping the hot fruity wine to keep warm. Can’t beat it!

  2. Does that make “gluwein” (sp?) Kath? We have that in Sweden too (called “glögg” there), but I’ve never liked it much. Everyone else seems to love it though, so there must be something wrong with me 🙂

    Maria – that does sound nice!

  3. Good, really good, hot chocolate is such an elegant drink that any admixture would spoil it. Thick white china cups and saucers – warmed before the hot chocolate is made and served with an insulating layer of froth. Not too sweet, but rich just the same. I’ve only ever had such really good chocolate in Germany and Austria; Maybe they could send us the recipe.

    But in passing I must ask Chris what she was doing on the cold deck of a boat on New Year’s Eve? With or without Talisker. I can think of few things worse than the chill of night falling and the churning sea blackening with every passing minute; the horizon heaving as you raise your glass and the fell night obscuring all the familiar landmarks. You don’t know what is really out there, do you? Is that a log in the water or a sea-mine. What if a new current, not on the charts, begins to swirl around the keel; or the engine fails and the wind changes direction with the dusk? The loud, harsh and grating spray seems to entice you to lean over; it calls to you like a siren; calls on you to fall in. Become a Silkie, it says, in the softest voice you have ever heard in your head. Leave the Talisker behind.

    Of course the Siren is just as cold and damp as you and probably just wants a snifter of Talisker to lubricate the vocal chords. She’ll get a break doing Cardiff Singer of the World, perhaps. Gosh there’s the harbour wall. Thank goodness. That was close.

  4. Ah, Fennie – I can promise you that midnight on the deck of a boat is magical. Not perhaps if you’re in the teeth of a gale, (or any of those other moments you describe and which I’m nodding my head at because I KNOW how they feel!), but in a quiet anchorage with the new year so full of promise stretching ahead, it’s truly special.

  5. Hi Christina, yes, that recipe does make Glühwein. Happily, it’s an acquired taste in this house too, which means all the more for me!! And Fennie, whisky-drinking selkies? Oh my! What an image.

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