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By Yasmin Jorge

New Yorkers seek fun ways to celebrate, so perfectly timed with the cold days of winter – let’s toast to National Hot Chocolate Day on January 31st!

Since the weather outside is frightful and Jack Frost is knocking on doors, go indulge in mugs of rich and luscious hot chocolate. We’ve provided recipes sure to please pretty adults as they imbibe a childhood favorite treat. You provide the warm fires and snuggle buddies.

Fireside Choco-Chat
1 part(s) Pinnacle® Marshmallow Vodka
1 part(s) DeKuyper® Peppermint Schnapps
4 part(s) Hot Chocolate
Mix in a mug and garnish rim with crushed peppermint.

Note well, Pinnacle Vodka is an ideal French Vodka because it’s clean, smooth, and offers 30+ options for folks to mix into their hot chocolate, like Cookie Dough, Vanilla, and more unique flavors.

Visit http://www.pinnaclevodka.com for recipes and to find a retailer near you.

Give this winter drink another grown-up splash of spirited goodness with Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka. Here’s a super-premium Dutch vodka with a broad array of exciting flavors including PB&J, Coconut, and Dutch Caramel – but not for Dorothy in Kansas.

2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
4 oz. hot chocolate
3 roasted marshmallows on small skewer Pour Van Gogh Dutch Hot Chocolate into a warm mug and add hot chocolate.
Garnish with home-roasted marshmallows on a skewer or whipped cream.

Van Gogh Vodka is available at Astor Wine & Spirits and Gramercy Wine & Spirits. http://www.vangoghvodka.com

From La Maison du Chocolat

Pour ¾ quart of milk and ¼ quart of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add Tasse de Chocolat pearls in the boiling liquid and mix using a whisk to evenly melt the mixture. While mixing with a whisk bring the mixture to a boil once again, lower the heat and let the mixture reduce for 2 to 3 minutes to obtain a smooth hot chocolate. For best results, let the hot chocolate stand to cool slowly and when ready to serve, reheat the chocolate mixture without boiling it. Pour in serving container through a sieve and serve. http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.us

It is said that the Mayas created the first chocolate beverage 2,000 years ago. Hot chocolate then became popular in Europe and the U.S. from Mexico. Today the relaxing decadent drink is enjoyed throughout the world.

Originally published January 2013
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