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After a Cold Day Outside, Enjoy a Mug of Hot Chocolate with Peppermint

January 13, 2011

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When I am doing something active outdoors in the winter, my beverage of choice is water. The expression “hydrate or die” is no joke. But, after a cold day skiing, sledding, or skating, nothing warms me up better than a cup of hot chocolate. I am not a hot chocolate snob, although I do need a little more than flavored powder from a packet with hot water, but not much more: Warm milk, coffee, or even peppermint tea with one serving of Swiss Miss works for me.

The best hot chocolate I ever had was in Mürren, Switzerland, prepared by a little old man who called his signature drink a “Heidi.” This tasty concoction had warmed whole milk, melted chocolate, and a shot of peppermint schnapps whisked to frothy perfection. Forget the Swiss Miss: The Swiss Cute Little Old Man with a Tuft of White Hair and Rosy Red Cheeks makes the best hot chocolate in the world.

To make a “Heidi” yourself, follow your favorite hot chocolate recipe or one of Almanac.com’s most popular hot chocolate recipes and add one shot or less of peppermint schnapps. If you don’t drink alcohol, add a peppermint stick or peppermint tea bag while you heat the milk. If you want to get really fancy, top with fresh whip cream and a few sprigs of mint. This might just become your signature winter drink.

What's your favorite hot chocolate recipe, or signature drink?  Please share below.


Comments

The BEST!

By Urban Adventurer

Ah I'm such a Hot chocolate snob. Its all I drink. Its 75 degrees here in vermont today and I'm still drinking hot chocolate (Dunkin Donuts is up there as a favorite). And Peppermint Schnapps really puts hot chocolate up there as one of the best things ever.

hot chocolate cake

By Catherine Boeckmann

I once had hot chocolate in Paris and it was similar to drinking straight chocolate--just hot! Wow, was that rich--couldn't even finish. If you like hot chocolate, I love this Hot Chocolate Cake--so decadent! http://www.almanac.com/recipe/godiva-hot-chocolate-cake

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