Mayan Mocha Mocktail




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Spicy coffee and chocolate isn't as crazy as it sounds. Give it a try! It's the perfect drink for two lovers to share on a cold snowy night. Surprise your sweetie with this treat on Valentine's Day to spice up an otherwise dull romance. But be careful, a little spice goes a long way! This recipe makes enough for two large mugs.

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Step 1: Gather Ingredients

You will need:

2 cups milk
1/2 cup boiling water
2 TB instant coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Step 2: Make Coffee

Add 1/2 cup boiling water to 2 TB instant coffee. Let stand a few minutes.

Step 3: Add Milk

Add milk and coffee together in a medium saucepan.

Step 4: Add Cocoa

Add your cocoa and stir until somewhat dissolved. It will dissolve better once it heats.

Step 5: Add Sugar

Add sugar and stir until dissolved.

Step 6: Add Spices

Add your cinnamon and cayenne. A note on the cayenne- I used a generous pinch which was good for me, but my husband found it to be too spicy. He thinks Tobasco is too spicy! Acknowledge your tolerance and go from there. Taste as you go to make sure you have enough.
Add your cinnamon the same way. Some might find too much to be overpowering, others might like more. I used 1/2 teaspoon and it was pretty strong. You may want more or less.

Step 7: Add Vanilla

Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Step 8: Heat

Heat mocha until very warm but not hot. Nothing tastes worse than burnt chocolate!

Step 9: Sip and Enjoy!

Garnish, sip and enjoy! Let the Mayan magic warm you and your love bird through the cold winter night!
I garnished mine with some dehydrated cherry bomb peppers we had but you could use whipped cream, chocolate curls, cocoa sprinkled on top, etc.

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    17 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! This makes me wish I liked coffee! LOL

    Mistie Ann

    P.S. - Um, does being a forty year old woman who doesn't drink coffee make me as weird as I think it does? rofl


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made this in GATE (gifted and talented education)in 4th grade, but we used actual cacao beans, to finish up our unit on the Mayans. It was a cold winter afternoon, and it was very nice with a teaspoon of cinnamon instead of cayanne pepper. Our class was jealous that we came back drinking a coffee-like substance. I loved gate, and it's also the reason that in biology 1 (honors probably) I will be dissecting for the 3rd time.
    Maui Gerbil
    (Loved GATE!)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I like this recipe. I'm not as much of a chocolate lover, but I like hot peppers.

    That said, if you aren't very tolerant of heat, you might want to smooth out the burn on this one. A little nutmeg, preferably fresh, helps smooth things together. 
    Nutmeg doesn't get rid of the burn, but it does sorta help ease you into it.  


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great recipe! I'm going to try it with espresso and steamed milk tomorrow, see how that turns out :-) Be careful with the cayenne pepper, a pinch really means a pinch! Even a couple of shakes turned out to be a little too spicy me.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much. You have given me something to try for Valentine's day, which is also my fiancee's birthday. We both LOVE spicy food, so this should be PERFECT for us. Again THANK YOU! terrific 'ible.


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Sorry to be a snob but I'd use espresso for this.

    Even espresso made with a cheap machine is better than instant.

    In fact if the cheap machine is a hand-operated one like the aeropress it's likely to be better than instant OR cheap 'steam' espresso.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    You are right! We go through a lot of coffee in this house. The day I set out to make this 'able we were fresh out of the good stuff.  Emergency back-up had to be used.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! Talk about warm you up from the inside! I used too much pepper for the wife and kids but was good for me!

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I always make it too hot for my family too. But I like the kick. Glad you enjoyed it!