Decadent Thick And Creamy Hot Chocolate

This Decadent Chocolate Drink will Hit the Spot. It is relaxing and Heart Warming, Not to mention kids love it.  I have a few variations of Hot Chocolate’s but I think This is our Favorite.  It requires a little more work than normal Hot Chocolate but well worth the wait. You can add in any thing you wish from Cayenne Pepper and Cinnamon to Extracts and Chocolates. The possibilities are endless with this one. The smooth texture of this drink is so velvety and thick. You can adapt the Richness of the Chocolate by adding more or less Chocolate to your liking.
 
2 Egg Yolks, Room Temperature
3 to 4 c. Whole Milk ( you can use other types as well)
2 tbsp. Cornstarch
2/3 c. Sugar
1/2 to 1 c. Chocolate ( chips or shavings) ( milk chocolate, dark, Bitter sweet or semi sweet chocolate— Even white chocolate)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract ( or other extracts – to taste)
 
ADD INS
 
Peppermint Extract
Orange Extract
Rum Extract or the real stuff ( to your taste of course. Or any other brand)
Almond Extract
Maple Extract
or Other Extracts to taste. You a little and go from there. You can add in but can not take out.
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper ( to taste)
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
 
 
(1.)  In a Sauce Pan over Medium-Low Heat add the Milk and Sugar and let the Mixture heat up until Very Hot but not boiling. Do not boil.
 
(2.) In a small bowl whisk together the Egg yolks and Cornstarch together until well combined. When the milk is hot slowly ladle in the Hot Milk while whisking to temper the Egg Yolks with out scrambling them.  When throughly mixed pour the Egg Mixture into the rest of the Milk and whisk continuously until thickened. It will not get extremely thick but you will notice the difference.
 
(3.) Whisk in the desired Amount of Chocolate or White Chocolate and whisk until well combined and the Chocolates are completely melted and well mixed in.  Add in the vanilla and other desired flavorings and whisk until well combined. Ladle into mugs and serve Hot. Can top with marshmallows if desired. Decadent Thick and Creamy Hot Chocolate  
 

Iced Chocolate Malted Coffee

Now more than ever more and more people are drinking Coffee. Iced Coffee, hot Coffee, Flavored Coffee and so on. There are so many Health benefits of “Coffee” minus all the flavors and calories. You can dress up Coffee any which way you desire with Chocolate, Caramel, Vanilla, Whipped Cream or what ever flavor you like at that time or just plain black. Sometimes on the go yo don’t have time to make a pot of coffee and mix it and flavor it. This is an Iced Coffee that I came up with that is easy to make and gives you the pick me up you need. It does not require brewing, waiting or mixing it just right. This is simple and you can make it in one glass or an “on the go” travel mug. Just a few ingredients and you have a fantastic coffee drink to go or just an Iced coffee to sip on while relaxing.
 
2 tsp. Instant Coffee Powder ( your favorite brand)
1 1/2 tsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 tsp. Chocolate Malt Powder
1/3 c. Hot water
2 to 4 tsp. Sugar ( to taste)
1/2 c. Ice Cold water ( no ice)
1/4 c. Cold Milk
Ice
Whipped Cream for Topping
 
(1) In a small sauce pan bring to a boil the 1/3 cup water. Remove from heat and set aside. 001
 
(2) In a tall glass or travel mug add the Instant Coffee Powder, Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Malt Powder, Sugar ( to taste) and the Hot water you sat aside earlier. Mix vigorously with a fork or small whisk until frothy and bubbly. This takes about 1 minute or so. They hot water will dissolve the powder and sugar to make it easier to mix together. 002
 
(3) Add the 1/2 cup Cold Water to fill 3/4 way up the glass or mug. Add the 1/4 cup of Milk and mix well.003  Add the Ice to fill and add a straw and serve. Mix with the straw before drinking to combine milk and Ice. Can top with Whipped Cream ( optional). Serve.004
 
 

Iced Cappucino

I love Iced Coffee Drinks. This is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it as well.

 

4 c. Brewed Coffee ( cooled) your favorite brand

Chocolate Flavoring ( I use torini) 2 tsp per glass

2 tbsp. Milk Per Glass

Sugar simple syrup ( recipe follows)

Ice

 

(1.) Fill each glass 3/4 of the way up with Ice. Add the chocolate flavoring. Fill 3/4 of the way up with the cooled coffee and add in the milk. Add enough of the simple syrup to sweeten to taste. Stir to combine and add a straw.

 

SIMPLE SYRUP

2 c. sugar

2 c. water

Combine in a sauce pan over medium low heat and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes or unti sugar is dissolved. Let cool before storing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Blackberry Lemonade

Ah. The Dog days of Summer. Here in Alabama it is hot and Humid. A lot of people are still going strong on the grill and have parties. I have a Great Drink Recipe to cool you and the kids down on those hot days. This Drink is cool, Refreshing and It’s different spin on a classic Lemonade. 

First of let’s get started on the Blackberry Puree. It is very simple to make. All you need is a blender.

(1.) In a Blender add 2 cups of  Blackberries. If you have frozen it is alright. Just let them thaw before putting them into the blender. Add in 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups of Water. Place the top on the blender and Blend on low until completely smooth. Over a bowl place a strainer and pour the Blackberry Puree through the strainer into the bowl. This takes a minute or two. When all of the Mixture is in the bowl remove the strainer and pour the Liquid in to a Large Picture. I use a 4 Gallon Pitcher.

Alright now we can make the Lemonade.

(2.) To the pitcher add in 4 c. Lemon Juice and 8 c. of water. Stir to Combine. At this point you can adjust the sweetness. You can add more sugar if you want. Be careful not to add to much or you will have sweet lemon flavored water and not Lemonade.

Now, If you do not like Blackberries you can certainly add another fruit such as strawberries, Cherries, raspberries or even peaches. I often add peach puree to make Peach Lemonade which is also Great. I have also made an Apple Lemonade which the Apple puree turned brown. I do not recommend this. Use Apple juice instead and just remove two cups of water from the mixture.  This makes a subtle apple flavor in the background and does not overpower the lemon flavor.

(3.) When you have all of the mixture combined then you can add a few cups of Ice to chill the mixture or you can serve over Ice. Your choice.

Hope you enjoy this refreshing Lemonade.

Sweet Iced Tea

This is a Southern Classic Drink. You can not go anywhere in the South without getting Sweet Iced Tea. Every family and any Place you go to here it is different but is basically made the same way. I am going to share with you the way our Family makes and enjoys our Tea. With this Tea you can add Lemon Slices, Orange Slices or Sprigs of mint. Any way you make it you will enjoy it.

2 Tea Bags ( I use Lipton Family Size Tea Bags. You can find them at your local grocer)

12 c. Water

1 c. Sugar

Ice

 

(1.) In a Sauce pan add 4 cups of water to the pan and bring to a boil. Add the Tea Bags and stir gently. Turn Heat off and cover with a lid and let steep for 20 minutes. Remove the Tea Bags and discard. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour Tea Mixture in to a one gallon Pitcher. Add the rest of the water and stir. Throw in enough Ice to bring the tea mixture to the top of the pitcher. Leave about a 2 inch border from the top so the mixture does not pour over the edges. Stir to make the Mixture cold and nearly all the Ice will melt.  If not it is ok. It will just keep it cold longer. Pour tea over Ice filled glasses and enjoy.

 

In the South this is a Staple. We have Tea year round and not just in the Summer.  You can use your favorite Tea just use enough to make 1 gallon of Tea. It keeps in the fridge up to 1 week if it lasts that long. Hope you enjoy a little drink of the South.

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