Hot Cocoa, Tailored

"...For the cocoa, I use Askinosie. I sweeten it with rapadura, an unrefined sugar, and add vanilla and a pinch of salt. Try the technique of making a paste with the cocoa and a little cold milk, then whisking that together with the hot milk. It makes for a lush, beautifully blended and frothy drink."

by Laura Silverman,

2 cups + 3 tbsp. best quality whole milk (ideally from pastured cows), divided
2 tbsp. Askinosie Natural Cocoa Powder
2 tsp. Apollonia spice blend
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. rapadura or organic cane sugar
1 pinch sea salt
2–4 marshmallows, optional

Pour 2 cups of milk into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add sugar and vanilla and heat slowly until steaming. Meanwhile, whisk together 3 tablespoons of milk, cocoa powder and Apollonia in a pitcher or large glass measuring cup to form a smooth paste. Pour steaming milk on top of paste and whisk vigorously to combine. Divide between two small mugs and top with marshmallow, if desired.