I hear you… not all your friends want Spiked Hot Chocolate.
Nothing wrong with that.
Especially if they have to drive home.
Ma made nonalcoholic hot chocolate.
Especially for uncles who had to drive home.
Or when she was preparing drinks for us kids.
When Ma made hot chocolate for the younger set, she usually left out the coffee.
She figured we were jumpy enough without the caffeine.
Nonalcoholic Hot Chocolate
Combine in a medium saucepan
1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
zest of 1 large orange
3/4 Cup water
Simmer over low heat.
Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
2 Cups milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Continue simmering over low heat.
Do not to bring mixture back to a boil.
Remove the saucepan from the stove, and whisk the hot chocolate until foamy.
Pour into mugs.
sweetened whipped cream (optional)
cinnamon sticks or a sprinkling of ground cinnamon