|By masatoshi_ from Kyoto, Japan (ホットチョコレート) |
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Start with pre-brewed Elderberry Licorice Spice tea, prepared as described above. Then I add 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon (or a little less) of granulated sugar to 1/2 cup of the tea, directly in my largest mug (I think it holds 15 oz). I put that in my microwave for about 20 seconds to get the liquid warm enough to mix the cocoa powder and sugar in. (Don't bother mixing when the mixture is cold -- it won't work.) Then I add enough milk or half and half to fill my cup and heat it up to drinking temperature. Actually, I usually leave a little space in my mug to add a bit of brandy after it's hot, but that's optional, of course. Then top it off with whipped cream. SO GOOD!!!!