Hot Chocolate: The Winter Drink of Choice Here in Gorge Country

After a chilly jaunt through the snow, wind slicing across your face, you finally reach your door, taking shelter from the weather. You rub your hands together and try to get your blood pumping, but what's the best way to combat the cold? A steaming cup of hot chocolate, of course!

While a good cup of hot chocolate is only cocoa powder and a mug of water away, a GREAT cup could also be awaiting you in your cabinets.


Do you know the history of hot chocolate? It was originally a Mayan delicacy: a spicy, but bitter "acquired taste." Not so appealing, but there is something to be taken away from the Mayans' recipe: the sizzle.

Here's a more modern mix with an ancient inspiration. Just boil a cup of milk, then add:

  • 3 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

For an extra kick, stir it with half of a chili pepper (seeds removed). Or, to tone it down, add honey to taste.


If it's the end of the day, maybe you'd prefer a beverage with a buzz. A simple, seasonal spin on traditional hot chocolate: add butterscotch schnapps.

Just mix your hot chocolate according to instructions, then add about 2 shots of the schnapps. You can add more, but keep in mind that the alcohol doesn't taste strong, and it can be easy to overdo it.


These recipes are too good to keep to yourself, but it's not easy to wrap a piping cup of liquid with a ribbon or bow. Good thing it is easy to whip up and share hot chocolate truffles! They're an instant treat when you drop them in hot milk. Try a batch yourself!

On low heat, whisk:

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Once the ingredients are blended, pop the dough in the fridge until it's firm. Then, roll it into balls, and viola! Instant hot chocolate to share with friends. You can even garnish them with candy cane crumbles or extra cocoa.

The Bridge Day BASE jumpers could probably use a cup of these recipes after their descent! But you can enjoy them any time.

Happy sipping!

What's your favorite hot chocolate recipe?