Drink of the Week: Cocoa with a kick

This week's Drink of the Week is Cocoa with a kick. It can be altered to fit your taste by using different flavors of Bailey's or Patron Incendio. (Photo by Francesca Colturi)

Two days into February and I’m already begging for another winter break. But with no class on Friday and no work on the weekends until Sunday evening, I have almost 72 hours of exclusive chill time. This week’s drink is inspired by Tuesday’s snow day, and the cozy blankets I dream about from the minute I get up in the morning until I crawl back each night. With a few variations, I think every one of you will find a spiked hot chocolate combo to keep you smiling this weekend.

Ingredients:

-Milk, or something like it (i.e. skim, soy, almond)

-Hershey’s chocolate sauce

- Bailey’s liquor

- Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

1. Warm up one cup of milk in the microwave (avg. 2-2.5 minutes)

2. Add a lot of chocolate sauce, more than you think, test & taste to your own preference

3. Add 50 ml of Bailey’s liquor (a nip should do).

4. Stir!

5. Top with whipped cream/cinnamon/marshmallows/love and enjoy!

Variations:

Bailey’s has graced us with several different creamy flavors. I used Vanilla Cinnamon, but there’s classic Irish Cream, Chocolate Cherry and Espresso Creme.

If you’re daring or possibly more inclined to stronger drinks, try Patron Incendio: Chile Chocolate Liquor for a ‘mole’ style cocktail.


Francesca Colturi is associate life editor for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at francesca.colturi@uconn.edu.