Cherry Vanilla Hot Chocolate
makes 2 drinks
recipe slightly adapted from Winter Cocktails
- 1/8 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean pod
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/8 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 oz. chopped white chocolate
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup heaving whipping cream
- 3 oz. kirsch (cherry liqueur)
- 2 maraschino cherries, for serving
In a small bowl, scrape the seeds of half the vanilla bean pod and stir in the sugar to combine. Set aside.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder, vanilla sugar and whisk until a paste forms. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in white chocolate and cook, stirring, until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Meanwhile, place heavy whipping cream in a small jar. Close lid on the jar tightly and vigorously shake jar until whipped cream is formed, about 2-3 minutes. Serve hot chocolate in warm mugs and spike each mug with 1 1/2 oz. kirsch. Top with whipped cream and serve with maraschino cherries.