Devilish Hot Cocoa

Cayenne adds a surprising kick to this sinfully rich cocoa.
Servings 4
Prep Time


  • 4 cups Milk
  • 3/4 cup Ghirardelli Old Fashioned Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tablespoons brandy or Irish whiskey optional


  1. In a 2 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, hot chocolate mix, cayenne pepper and salt. Heat mixture, stirring to dissolve cocoa, until steaming hot, do not boil. Stir in brandy or whiskey, if desired. Divide cocoa among 4 mugs and top each with a large dollop of whipped cream.
  2. Tip: Brandy adds a sweet nuttiness to the cocoa while the addition of the Irish whiskey creates a cocoa with more depth and complexity.