Spice Infused Hot Chocolate

When winter hits Maine, hot chocolate is a must. After spending a few hours snowshoeing or sledding with my boy, nothing warms you up quite like a cup of chocolatey goodness. This recipe puts a cultural twist on a staple recipe and features an unusual pairing of roses, saffron, and chili peppers, giving it a Spanish influenced kick that will warm your body throughout. 

Spice Infused Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 1 quart raw milk or homemade almond milk
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk or 8 ounces raw cream
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 1⁄4 oz. dried rose petals
  • 1 tsp. saffron threads, lightly crushed
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon dried bird’s eye chili or other spicy pepper of choice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut palm sugar or maple syrup
  • 1⁄2 lb. cacao paste or unsweetened baker’s chocolate


Combine milks, ginger, dried rose petals, saffron threads, cinnamon sticks, chilli, vanilla bean, and coconut sugar in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Slowly heat the milk while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; steep 10 minutes. Stain into a large pot. Heat the strained liquid gently, then add the chocolate, coarsely chopped. Whisk briefly to dissolve the chocolate then serve immediately. 

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