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+

153 comments

Elena Poensgen
Elena Pabout a year ago

Thank you

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Janis K.
Janis Kabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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william Miller
william Mabout a year ago

going to make this tonight sweetie is coming over

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Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Ans Weevers
Ans Weevers4 years ago

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

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J.L. A.
JL A4 years ago

interesting to consider

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Grainne O'Carroll
Grainne OCarroll4 years ago

Mmmm...

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Yummy! Thanks.

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LM Sunshine

yummy, thank you.

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