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When it gets just a little too cold outside, a good cup of hot chocolate will warm you, body and soul.

Adult Hot Chocolate for One (from Emeril)

  • 1 cups whole milk
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 star anise
  • Pinch of lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp bourbon


In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the chocolate, bourbon and cream. Heat over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add the chocolate to the pan and continue to cook over low heat, whisking until all of the chocolate has melted. Add bourbon and stir to combine.

Photo from here.