The last several weeks have held teasing moments of icy winter weather with major storms hitting just north of us in DC. It’s been bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Georgia girl. Cold will never, ever, be my thing. That said, there’s something nostalgic about snow days cozied up on the couch under a blanket and listening to how quiet the world has become outside those frosty windows. It’s serene. Time seems to stand, just creeping by. Laundry seems logical yet wholly unnecessary and more of a distraction to the extra moments of peace that have just been granted. Cradling a mug of fine hot chocolate while settling in to a good movie is a perfect way to spend those chilly winter days. Adding lavender to the mix elevates this classic wintertime favorite. And with Valentine’s Day just upon us, it’s also a pretty sexy recipe for a sexy night in (hey now).
Lavender Hot Chocolate
2 ½ cup whole milk
1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
1 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dutch process cocoa powder
Pour milk into a medium sized saucepan. Add the lavender buds. Heat over medium high heat and bring to a simmer. Remove milk from the heat and steep for 4 minutes, whisking occasionally. Strain the mixture to remove the lavender buds and any milk skin. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Over medium heat whisk in the chocolate until smooth. Whisk in the cocoa powder and sugar. Turn the heat off. I love this hot chocolate served with homemade whipped cream but it’s just as fantastic without it.