Tea Spiced Hot Chocolate

February 19, 2013
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I like warm drinks with spices, especially when the weather is cool and when the drink includes milk, a little sugar and good chocolate; then the sweet and spicy aroma lingers from sip to sip. —Kukla

What You'll Need
  • • 2 cups water
  • • 1 teaspoon loose-leaf Earl Grey tea
  • • 1 teaspoon loose-leaf Darjeeling tea
  • • 1 star anise
  • • 1 cinnamon stick
  • • Pinch ground ginger
  • • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • • 2 cups Coconut milk or cream
  • • 6 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate (I used Valrhona’s)
  • • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. In a small saucepan, heat water to a boil. Drop in tea leaves, turn off heat, and steep for about 15 minutes. Strain tea back into pan and add star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger, sugar and coconut milk. Heat over medium heat until the mixture scalds, watching carefully so that it does not spill over.
  2. Put chocolate in a medium bowl. Strain hot coconut mixture into bowl with chocolate. Add vanilla and whisk until chocolate is melted. Transfer to mugs and serve warm or chilled.

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6 Reviews

christa December 3, 2014
If this is using loose leaf Earl Grey and Darjeeling, why would you steep it for 15 minutes? Just because there's other stuff in it is no reason to over steep your tea (and boiling water is too hot for Darjeeling anyway). It sounds great, but I would probably prepare the tea properly instead.
Kukla December 3, 2014
Thanks for the comment christa, but everybody has their own method for steeping tea, especially when it’s in a mix with a few more pretty strong components.
sexyLAMBCHOPx February 20, 2013
this reads divine, good job!
Kukla February 20, 2013
Thank you sexyLAMBCHOPx!
Kukla February 19, 2013
I am very glad Mindy to see again your recipes and comments!!! I know it is not so cold here, but this winter season is a lot cooler then usually. Today is 55 degrees and it is raining and 41degrees at night we consider cool. Thanks a lot for your, as always kind comment!
LeBec F. February 19, 2013
when the weather is cool??Ha! i thought it was 70 degrees every day out there,kukla! what do YOU know about cool? We have 2 feet of snow back here in MA. So you can send your delicious tea to me and I will drink it all!!Looks like a lovely comfort, as always from your talented hands :-)