Heavenly Hot Chocolate Mix–with Seven Variations

Heavenly Hot Chocolate

I adore Hot Chocolate, as distinct from Hot Cocoa or Drinking Chocolate. Definitions abound, but which is best?

A Cup of Spicy Christmas Tea

A Cup of Spicy Christmas Tea

I love the smell of aromatic spices in the house. I love inhaling warm wafts of spicy goodness while cradling a cup of hot tea in both hands. Comfort is the word that comes to mind, but an elemental comfort that is hard to describe. At these moments, I know in the deepest way that no matter what is appearing in my life, all is somehow, inexplicably, as it should be and thus perfect. This feeling sometimes runs counter to all logic, and yet there it is as I sip my spicy mulled tea.

Pumpkin Spice Hot White Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Hot White Chocolate

There must be a hundred posts on the web on the topic of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte. Amazing! Would you believe I have NEVER had a Pumpkin Spice Latte? I’m not quite sure how that happened. However, in perusing all of the copycat recipes, it appears that there is little if any actual pumpkin in this wildly popular autumnal concoction; just a teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Hmmm…

Blueberry Lavender Limeade

Fresh Pitcher of Blueberry Lavender Limeade with Triple Lemon Cookies

After I created Fresh Blueberry Lime Sauce earlier this summer, I devoted myself to spooning it over Burnt Sugar Ice Cream and Fireweed Honey Panna Cotta, drizzling it over Blueberry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake and MauiJim’s Cottage Cheese Pancakes, and using it way too frequently to make my favorite summer afternoon delight, Blueberry Lemon Verbena Spritzer with Candied Ginger Ice Cream.

Blueberry Lemon Verbena Spritzer with Candied Ginger Ice Cream

Blueberry Lemon Verbena Spritzer

Here we have a new fangled play on an old fashioned ice cream soda. It’s the bees knees. And guaranteed to conclude any school shopping expedition with a celebratory high.

Tis the Season for Hot Buttered Rum

LunaCafe Hot Buttered Rum

These is the best hot buttered rum mix in the entire universe; rich and satisfying but not as sweet and cloying as most I’ve sampled. I tweaked the formula over a few seasons to get it just right.

A Gift of Drinking Chocolate

One Hot Mama Hot Chocolate

This is not mildly-flavored American-style hot cocoa, which is typically made with cocoa powder, or sometimes with chocolate syrup. Rather, it is European-style drinking or hot chocolate, which is made with whole milk (and sometimes part cream) and melted high-quality bar chocolate. Once you have had hot chocolate made in this way, you won’t settle for anything less.

Mulled Apple Cider with Warm Winter Spices, Cayenne & Hibiscus

Mulled Apple Cider with Warm Winter Spices, Cayenne & Hibiscus

I am always looking for interesting ways to enhance a standard, so am pushing the mulled apple cider envelope a bit here. And the result, I assure you, is divine!