Iced Spicy Drinking Chocolate Recipe

Make this tasty, easy and spicy chocolate drink inspired by traditional Aztec chocolate and flavored with chile flakes.

| February 2020

Photo by Unsplash/Monika Grabkowska

From Chocolopolis

Level: Easy

Yield: 4 servings

This recipe comes from one of my favorite specialty shops in the country, Chocolopolis, in Seattle. Owner Lauren Adler’s collection of craft chocolate makes it a must-stop when I visit the Emerald City, and the crazy-good café offerings are just whipped cream on the drinking chocolate. I especially like this recipe, which adds heat to a traditional beverage for a nice surprise. The Aztecs took their chocolate with added spices like chiles and allspice and very little sugar. Lauren adapted that idea for a modern palate, adding milk and sugar, but you still get the idea.

Be sure to use chile flakes (large pieces of dried chiles), not powdered chiles. Flakes offer a lot of great flavor, and you can strain them out easily so the chocolate is not gritty. If you can’t find flakes, substitute half the amount of ground spices and strain the drink extra carefully. Be sure to use a smoky or earthy chocolate that can stand up to chiles, like single origins from Mexico, Papua New Guinea, or Venezuela.

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