Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Boozy Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate

Well, temperatures have dropped significantly overnight and it has required us to pull out our winter hats, gloves and warm socks. I am definitely not ready for the 30 degree weather, but I have to admit there is nothing more relaxing than snuggling under a blanket with a big mug of white hot chocolate. This drink is creamy, rich and has a great kick from the bourbon. If you are tempted to hibernate as we approach winter, this decadent drink will definitely give you the boost you need.

I used fat free milk, but use whole milk for a richer taste.

Cozy on the couch with my hot drink and great view of Navy Pier.


Ingredients:

1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or chopped)
2.5 cups milk 
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 ounce Bourbon (optional)
whipped cream and caramel for topping (optional)

Whipped Cream:


2 cups heavy cream
2 ounces sugar
Splash of vanilla

*Whip all the ingredients together until you have soft peals.

Directions:

1. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the milk, whisking often (about 3 minutes).
2. Once melted, add the rest of the milk, the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice and stir to incorporate.
3. Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate into two serving glasses, add one-half ounce of    bourbon. 
4. Top off with hot chocolate, stir and then top with whipped cream, caramel sauce and more pumpkin pie spice.


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