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.
I used the whipped cream in a jar trick.
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.