There is a restaurant called in San Francisco called Oaxaca on 19th St and Mission St that makes Mexican hot chocolate that I sometimes crave to an embarrassing degree. I once ordered it to go because it was a cold day and I thought it would greatly improve my imminent city bus ride. They told me that it didn’t come to go, only in a full pot. So obviously I had them fill the entire pot of frothy hot chocolate into two to-go cups and walked on my merry way. Now this is feasible I’m sure, but then I unexpectedly ran into a friend and hung out with them for over an hour and didn’t offer the second cup. I drank every single drop. That is how good this cocoa is.

I live in Northern Arizona now, where the weather more often warrants hot cocoa but Oaxaca Restaurant is a 14 hour drive away. I’m a pretty industrious kitchen witch so I decided to throw together my own recipe. Now, this recipe doesn’t quite match the deliciousness of their cup; specifically because I no longer drink dairy so real milk escapes it. But gosh darn, does it get closer than I thought it would. Make this up for a night by the fire, a Winter picnic at the beach (West Coasters only) or a brunch treat. You’ll be glad that you did.

Makes: 2 mugs of thick frothy cocoa

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 heaping TB of brown sugar

1 heaping TB of local honey

4 oz non dairy chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon

a pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions: Simmer the almond milk, brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan whisking frequently until heated but not burnt. About 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne and chocolate chips. 

Published by Carajuana

Since 2011 my time has been dedicated to the cannabis industry and the patients who need it. I have worked at 5 retail dispensaries -both medical and recreational- across three states -Northern & Southern CA, AZ, WA-, and love teaching people how to properly use the cannabis plant. My free time is spent reading metaphysical works, practicing yoga and learning more about herbs.

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