The cold and winter weather make you just want to sit in front of fire place simply sipping on hot chocolate. Maybe listening to a few Christmas carols while you’re at it. Hot cocoa or chocolate is a freezing weather delicacy—a treat and a device to increase body temperature. Did you know that there is evidence of humans consuming chocolate and cocoa as early as 500 BC?
While there is archeological evidence that chocolate actually predates them, the Mayans were the first to use cacao and were using it to make chocolate drinks nearly 3,000 years ago. By the 1400s, the Aztec nobility were drinking a cold chocolate drink, and having cacao was a sign of stature and wealth. The Spanish conquistadors brought cacao back to Europe in the 1500s, and by the 17thcentury, the European aristocracy begin purchasing and consuming chocolate imported from the new world. By the 1800s, cocoa powder was developed and hot cocoa as we know it today was created.
This Christmas, when you make and pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate or hot cocoa, relish in your newfound knowledge of the history of hot cocoa and chocolate as we know it. Add a little Stoli Premium Vodka to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect hot chocolate adult beverage: the Christmas Cocoa.
What you’ll need:
- 1 oz Stoli Premium Vodka
- ½ oz peppermint Schnapps
- ½ oz coffee liqueur
- 3 oz hot chocolate
Pour all ingredients into a cocoa powdered rimmed mug. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Enjoy and drink responsibly.