Something to Warm You Up

Seattle got hit this winter. Luckily, before Christmas I made it over to Vashon Island to stay with my parents before the mega-snow hit, (mega for Seattle is anything more than an inch, we don't understand this cold white stuff, and with all of our hills it makes getting around next to impossible). Many people were left stuck atop hilly homes no way to make it back for Christmas. The area was a mess and even my sister could not make it back in time for the holiday.

With all this chilly business going on what is a girl to do? Well get sloshed on steamy-boozy drinking. Not only will it keep you warm going down, but what better way to warm-up for the winter months than with an added layer of...insulation... from all those extra calories. Believe me, this drink is worth a few extra sit ups come bikini weather.

Grand Marnier Hot Chocolate with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

  • Whipping Cream
  • Grand Marnier
  • Whole Milk
  • Baking Chocolate, I use Ghirardelli's Cocoa Powder, non-sweetened.

For the Boozy Whipped Cream, just add 2-3 tablespoons alcohol to about a cup of as-of-yet-un-whipped cream and whip. You don't need a lot, a little will go along way.

For the hot chocolate steam milk like you would to make espresso, and then mix slowly into the cocoa, what works well for me is to add just a spoonful at first and get the cocoa wet before adding in the rest. Then add a shot of Grand Manier, this is sweet enough that you wont need to use sugar, and boozy enough to have you feelin' the holiday spirit. Add a few spoons of the cream and top with a dusting of the cocoa or chocolate shavings if you happen to have a grater and a bar of chocolate handy.

For those who are unfamiliar with Grand Marnier, it is a form of triple sec, an orange liquor, that pairs beautifully with chocolate, as well as coffee (yes, try it in your latte next time too!)


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Christine said...

That's my kind of cup of hot chocolate! Probably best consumed on a weekend evening.
The snow in Portland kept my son from getting to school for 4 days. I hope you weathered the flooding.

Katy said...

I agree, it might be best to save for a weekend- not much studying can come after this little one. I am sorry about all that snow causing you mischief as well- but I am sure your son loved the forced vacation!

ryan ahmad said...

it"s sweet,,,,
great your blog..