And the perfect time for indulging is New Year’s Eve, isn’t it? Spirited Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Whipped Cream is just one my “over-the-top” New Year’s Eve party ideas!
You can get started with all your planning by reading Part One here: Over-the-Top New Year’s Eve Party Ideas
On January 1st, we’re all besieged with thoughts of organizing, exercising and making a few resolutions for the new year. So, why not indulge yourself and your friends on New Year’s Eve?
First, this recipe for a Spirited Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Whipped Cream uses chopped dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder.
Second, a combination of whole milk and half-and-half gives the chocolate a rich, creamy base in which to melt. The results are a thick and smooth treat that finishes with just a touch of brandy or bourbon.
Oh, and don’t forget the frothy mustache you’ll all have as you enjoy this lovely libation! It’s a real hoot! (actually, you see I’ve included straws so we gals don’t ruin our lipstick!)
According to “the source”, that is Wikipedia, a nightcap is an alcoholic beverage consumed right before bed. Typically it’s of a higher alcohol content than what might have been enjoyed earlier in the evening.
Just like the cap worn by those old guys in movies, it’s meant to leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. What better way to greet the cold trip home in these chilly winter months. (Obviously, your guests won’t be leaving as soon as they finish their drinks!)
A FEW “RULES” FOR SERVING A NIGHTCAP TO YOUR GUESTS:
My recipe for Spirited Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Whipped Cream can be made far ahead of serving. Hence, it makes the perfect “make ahead” hot chocolate recipe for your New Year’s Eve nightcap.
NAN’S TIP: If you will be reheating the hot chocolate mixture, omit the alcohol when preparing the recipe. After reheating the hot cocoa at serving time, add the alcohol to the mixture and whisk well to combine.
Why not serve a specialty “nightcap” to your New Year’s Eve guests this year? Try my Spirited Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Whipped Cream and delight everyone with your creativity and great style!
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Recipe can easily be doubled for a larger group of people. Using a piping sleeve is a stylish way to add the whipped cream to the glasses.
MAKE AHEAD TIP - wait to add alcohol until heated and ready to serve
Orange Spirited Cocoa Version: Substitute Grand Marnier for the almond extract in the chocolate whipped cream and the brandy/bourbon in the cocoa.