Thirsty Thursdays: Cherry Vanilla Boozey Hot Cocoa

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 017I go through phases with drinking hot chocolate… Normally I don’t because I don’t really care for plain chocolate…

But then again, I can easily be persuaded when a drink has liqueur in it. This cherry vanilla hot chocolate is rich, creamy and super decadent.  Umm. Did I mention there’s butter in it!?  And the addition of cherry herring (a cherry liqueur) and white chocolate is wonderful. You can give your child a kid form of it but luckily I don’t have kids and I can drink this all to myself.

I can’t imagine a more perfect drink for that special someone on Valentine’s day. BARF!

And we’re off!

We’re gonna need to scrape the beans out of half of the vanilla pod. We also need to chop up our white chocolate.

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 008In a medium saucepan, we melt butter. Then we add in the vanilla sugar and cocoa powder.

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 010The idea is to make a paste. Now we add our milk. Keep whisking.

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 011And then we add the white chocolate to melt, followed by the vanilla to finish it off…

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 009We need to get our mugs ready. Cherry heering time! I found mine at my dads, you can use kirsch or cherry liqueur .

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 014Fill up the cups with the hot chocolate. Give it a stir. Add your whipped cream on top!

I used the whipped cream in a jar trick.

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 012I garnished with a maraschino cherry….BUT. BUUUUUT. Watch out. If your whipped cream isn’t super thick it just drops right in. Hidden treat for the first one who finishes!

cherry vanilla hot cocoa 015

I think you’re gonna love this. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

And if you’re looking for something without booze, you might want to add a bit of grenadine to the mix.

Or maybe a cherry extract?

Cherry Vanilla Hot Cocoa

Make 2 drinks or one big drink

1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/2 vanilla bean pod (optional)
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/8 cup cocoa powder
2 cups whole milk
3 oz. chopped white chocolate
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup heaving whipping cream
3 oz. cherry heering (cherry liqueur)
2 maraschino cherries, for serving

In a small bowl, scrape the seeds of half the vanilla bean pod and stir in the sugar to combine (this is only if you are using the vanilla bean). Set aside.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder,  vanilla sugar or just sugar and whisk until a paste forms. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in white chocolate and cook, stirring, until chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Meanwhile, place heavy whipping cream in a small jar. Close lid on the jar tightly and vigorously shake jar until whipped cream is formed, about 2-3 minutes. Serve hot chocolate in warm mugs and spike each mug with 1 1/2 oz. cherry herring. Top with whipped cream and serve with maraschino cherries.

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