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October’s sweater weather and amber-colored strolls through leaves seem to be the very reason that Pinterest and Instagram were invented. It’s crisp but not freezing, and there’s a thrill seeing the seasons change.
But then November wants to join the party and we’re reminded: Oh right. It’s getting cold. The simple addition of a scarf no longer works and before you know it — you’re holiday shopping and wearing a jacket that resembles a floor-length bedspread.
Let us help.
While October may have been all about pumpkin-spiced coffee, November deserved pepper-spiked hot chocolate. So we ramped up the octane, added a little whiskey and cayenne and are serving you up a solution to the Fall-Back-an-Hour blues. Because we care. And we’re wimps when it gets below 60.
Spiked Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate
Makes 1 cocktail
1½ oz whiskey
1 oz cinnamon schnapps
8 oz hot chocolate
1. Prepare your favorite hot chocolate (personally, we’re suckers for Nescafe Dolce Gusto Chococino). But don’t drink it yet!
2. Add whiskey and cinnamon schnapps to the mug and stir. Don’t drink it yet!
3. Garnish with a pinch of cayenne (big pinch for the brave, wee pinch for the weak) on top and some nutmeg zest, and yes now you may drink it.