Food + Drink

The Sweet Heat: Spicy-Mexican Hot Chocolate

Since it is getting cold, I am hating life. Just kidding, not really. That’s not where I wanted to go with this post..

Since it is getting cold, I can’t quite bear to have an ice-cold cocktail, unless it’s whiskey warming my body up. I thought since the weather is changing, it’s an appropriate time to try a hot-cocktail, and what better than to try making a cocktail with hot chocolate? Mexican hot-chocolate that is, just for an extra kick-in-the-ass.

After traveling to Oaxaca Mexico this past summer, I developed a love for tequila and mezcal liqueurs. It’s something that you don’t just chug down, you enjoy the taste in every sip. When I came across this fairly-new Mexican liqueur made out of Ancho Chile peppers, I had to try it. Ancho-Reyes: it is spicy, and it is sweet. So you if you don’t like sweet & spicy things, you might not like this drink (and I might not like you).

The Ancho-Reyes liqueur is made from a Mexican recipe dating back to 1927. It is spicy but with cinnamon and cocao notes, which is why I decided to pair it with hot chocolate.

This liqueur isn’t sold everywhere just yet; It is currently sold in: PA, NJ, NYC, CA, TX, AZ, FL, MASS, & Washington DC.

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The recipe is simple:

2 Parts Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur
5 parts Mexican Hot Chocolate (Recipe Below)


To make the Mexican Hot Chocolate, you need the following ingredients: 
A 2.7 oz package (2 disc-pieces) of Taza organic Mexican chocolate (found at Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s & other select grocers)
2 cups milk
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg




1) Heat two cups of milk over medium heat until just below a simmer.2) Remove the milk from the heat and slowly mix in the Taza chocolate, chopped up, along with cinnamon and nutmeg.

3) Stir it until it is all dissolved.

4) Return the mixture to the stove and re-warm for a bit, and add in a few shots of Ancho Reyes. Pour in your cup and garnish with some more cinnamon if you please.
5) Get real cozy, because you’re not gonna want to move after you start drinking.


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