Do you do anything to ring in December?
I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for Christmas.
Just like 4 a.m. is my favourite time of day to go for a walk because the streets are quiet and it feels like the whole world is still asleep (and I guess that’s because they actually ARE asleep), Christmas Day feels like the day the majority simply take a collective exhale and shut down, leaving a blissful quiet in the air.
I love to pull out the Christmas coffee mugs late late late on November 30 and put them out in front of the coffee station, along with a pound of fresh coffee beans, as a first-thing-in-the-morning ‘HELLO DECEMBER’. I use those same mugs later that night to enjoy a ‘wee nip’ of spicy-spiked hot chocolate from while watching ELF – which is a serious December 1 event.
Do you do anything to ring in December? Please share your stories with us.
Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe
Makes 1 litre
500 ml heavy cream
250 ml full fat milk
4 Cinnamon sticks
6 Thai red chilies (but I like it quite spicy so less if you’d like)
300 grams High quality dark chocolate, chopped into smaller pieces
Tequila – optional
In a medium pot, add the milk, cream, chilies and cinnamon sticks. Let simmer for 30 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat and let the whole mixture steep overnight (at this point you can remove the chilies if you want a less spicy mixture or you can leave them in, devil-may-care attitude). You can let that mixture steep for as long as 2-3 days.
Strain the cream/milk mixture into another pot and place over medium heat, letting the mixture come to a rolling boil – careful, don’t burn it!
Meanwhile, place the chocolate in a large bowl; once the cream/milk mixture has come to a boil, pour it over the chocolate and stir well until the mixture is smooth. Return the mixture to the pot and place over very low heat to warm it back up before serving.
At this point, if you are indulging with some tequila, pour an ounce into smaller coffee mugs and then top with the chocolate/cream mixture. Top with some cinnamon whipped cream and enjoy ELF!