Aztec Chili Hot Chocolate
Real hot chocolate is quick and simple to make, and nothing is quite as decadent. The bitterness of the chocolate marries perfectly with cinnamon and vanilla. Cayenne adds depth and spice that lingers as you sip, but skip it if you don’t like the heat.
3 cups milk
½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 cinnamon stick
2½ ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped or grated
In a small saucepan, slowly heat milk along with the vanilla bean, cayenne, and cinnamon stick until steaming. Heat for a few minutes, being careful not to boil. Add chocolate to the milk, whisking until melted. Remove from heat and steep for ten minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and heat through again, if necessary. Serve hot.