Aztec Aphrodisiac Hot Chocolate

This sweet-and-spicy recipe is just what the love doctor ordered. The comforting aroma will calm your heart and stimulate your senses, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day brew. In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, 1 1/2 cups of milk, 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 whole cloves, a pinch each of ground ginger and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. With a wire whisk, stir in 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom. Strain into 2 large mugs, top with whipped cream, and enjoy.

PREP TIP: For a lighter treat use water or almond milk instead of cow’s milk. For a richer delicacy substitute the cocoa with 1/4 cup of 70 percent dark chocolate chips by melting them in a double boiler and heating the milk, sugar, and spices in a separate pot. Strain the milk mixture before slowly stirring in the melted chocolate.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium, may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.

Crystal Ketterhagen is Managing Editor of Yoga+ Magazine

By Crystal Ketterhagen, Yoga+


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgenabout a year ago

Thank you

Janis K.
Janis K.about a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago

going to make this tonight sweetie is coming over

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ans Weevers
Ans Weevers4 years ago

use different kinds of chocolat, coconutmilk, boil and some whipped cream on top yummy

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

interesting to consider

Grainne O'Carroll
Grainne OCarroll4 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Yummy! Thanks.

LM Sunshine

yummy, thank you.