Fresh raspberry liqueur - or extract, if you're going non-alcoholic for a family beverage - really boosts this classic chocolat chaud recipe, also known as French hot chocolate, with a special depth of flavor. The bright, clean flavor of raspberries combines nicely with dark chocolate, so this creamy drink recipe is an impressive addition to any winter menu. Add to the theme by serving with a few chocolate-dipped raspberries .
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- 6 oz. semisweet or milk chocolate, chopped
- ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons hot water, divided
- 2 cups hot milk
- 1 cup hot half-and-half, or light cream
- 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur (substitute 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract)
- Sugar, to taste
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate curls or cocoa powder
How to make raspberry hot chocolate:
Using a double boiler or a heat-safe glass bowl over simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate into ¼ cup of the water. Stir in the 3 tablespoons hot water, hot milk, and light cream until the chocolate mixture is smooth. Remove the chocolat chaud from the heat and stir the raspberry liqueur or extract into the mixture.
Pour the raspberry hot chocolate into cups and add sugar as desired. Garnish each cup with a spoonful of whipped cream, a few chocolate curls, and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.
This raspberry chocolat chaud recipe makes 4 servings.
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