Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Cuppa: Hot Rooibos to the rescue!

With Spring arriving and Winter not wanting to go away, I’ve been feeling a little under the weather for a few days now. The constant coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and throbbing head is no fun. Tea just tastes strange to me under these conditions. I normally head for a lemon and ginger blend tisane when I’m feeling this way, but this time, I was yearning for something more rich. A hot chocolate! So perfect on a rainy day too.

I decided to make a hot chocolate using Rooibos for flavouring. Along with a few other ingredients and about 15 minutes, I had a mug of yummy goodness to cozy up with!



Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping tbsp of Rooibos leaves
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Honey to taste


Preparation:

  1.  Place water and Rooibos leaves in a pot and bring to a medium boil.
  2.  Add almond milk to the pot and lower the heat to a simmer.
  3.  Stir in the cocoa powder with a whisk.
  4.  Drop in the honey to your desired level of sweetness. I just used 1 teaspoon.
  5.  Add the vanilla extract and remove the pot from further heating.
  6.  Allow to rest for a few minutes and let all the ingredients mingle with each other.
  7.  Pour through a sieve, into a mug and enjoy. Add a dollop of whipped-cream if you wish, as I did.

No whipped-cream!

This was heaven in a mug! Total chocolate comfort! The Rooibos went very well in this recipe. I actually used the Rooibos blend I prepared in my bonanza brew workshop. “Rock Me Rooibos” contained some peppermint in the mixture, and I could detect light notes of the flavour in my drink. It was really good. I’ve always liked the chocolate and mint combo.


With whipped-cream!


I’m not over my cold yet, but I do feel much after my Rooibos hot chocolate!


Options:

  1.  Use another milk such a coconut milk, or just plain milk if you prefer.
  2.  Try a plain Rooibos or some fancy mixture of your choosing.
  3.  Instead of honey, try maple syrup or some other sweetener.
  4.  Use a vanilla bean rather than vanilla extract. It does make a difference.
  5.  Sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon, or chocolate on your beverage, with or without whipped-cream.




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