It’s fall. A lot of us are bummed. Cold weather is inevitable, sunshine will no longer grace our cheeks (butt cheeks, that is), and the year is coming to an end.
But alas! This now gives us an excuse and purpose to make hot drinks, which I’ve personally been waiting for. There are very few things more comforting than holding a warm mug in your hand full of something thick and aromatic.
Enter: hot chocolate.
There have been so many variations on this classic, YET I rarely saw anything floral and herbal added to this. Recently, I’ve been trying to put lavender in as many things in my life as possible. Pillow patches, room sprays, soaps, anything. Why not my bedtime beverage, too?
Lavender Hot Chocolate
(makes enough for one regular size mug)
1 1/2 tablespoon of cacao powder (cocoa powder is fine)
2 tablespoons of sweetener (I used agave. You can use stevia, honey, simple syrup, etc. Adjust each to taste)
1/4 cup of lavender water*
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (omit if you use vanilla non-dairy milk)
2 cups of non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
Boil 2 cups of lavender water with 1/3 cup of dried lavender buds/flowers. Pour into a jar and wait until it is cooled to use.
Pour the non-dairy milk into a pot and put on medium heat. While that is heating, combine the cacao/cocoa powder, sweetender, lavender water, and vanilla extract into your mug and stir. When the milk is hot (DO NOT BOIL), pour into your mug and stir well. If you want to be fancy, you could add whipped cream (coconut cream + sweetener whipped together) and garnish with a few lavender flowers. They’re okay to eat, but they’re really strong and bitter so only use a few.
Now enjoy your floral hot chocolate, you fancy bitch.