A classic hot drink gets a twist when rum, cinnamon, and cacao are added to it. Put on your cozy socks, and enjoy this (grownup) hot rum-chocolate by the fire!
During my childhood, hot chocolate was a standard warming drink on cold days. Mom would whisk out our canisters, tear open the swiss mix hot chocolate packets, and top them up with hot water, and mix until the frothy goodness beckoned our little mouths. We’d quickly drink up the top layer if we were lucky to get the highly coveted mix with mini marshmallows. I kept up the tradition until I developed food allergies, and had to abstain from dairy (ohhh milk chocolate).
Over the last few years I’ve whipped up several hot chocolate concoctions using milk substitutes and melted dark chocolate. However, I haven’t been convinced by the consistency. Plus I loathed the fact that so much of the melted chocolate would collect at the bottom of my mug. Maybe it’s just me, but who wants the chocolate way down there, when you could be slurping on its decadent goodness early on?
I love the versatility of cacao, and it’s fine enough to easily blend with various milks effortlessly. After our visit to the UK Rum Festival we fell in love with Ugandan grown, but British distilled rum, Matugga. Their spiced rum uses a special blend of black tea, ginger, cloves, vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon. It’s a rich, earthy, and warm rum. When we tried it, we knew we had to incorporate it in a future recipe.
The surprise at the beginning of your first sip is the dairy free, dark chocolate hazelnut spread (by Mr. Organic) that lines the glass rim. It’s truly indulgent, yet not compulsory. Feel free to go without, but it does add that extra yum (Nutella) factor, and surprisingly, it’s not too sweet.
We topped the drink with shavings of Willie’s Ginger Lime Cacao bar. The light infusion of ginger and lime in the chocolate provides a very subtle layer of flavour! Use whichever dark chocolate bar you prefer, and feel free to get creative with the flavours!
Let us know if you give the recipe a go. Tag us on social media @dipyourtoesin. Also, if you’re wondering where the gorgeous African wax print pot holder came from, please head over to Jubella London for gorgeous African inspired homewares!
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