Hot Chocolate, New Mexico-Style {Repost}

The boys and Sophia came inside from playing in the snow and I made them some hot chocolate. We're not into cocoa packets and water around here. But then, does this really surprise you? :) I made them the following recipe and I had to share--I forgot just how amazingly delicious it is! (Serves 4)

1/4 C. sugar 1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa 1/2 Tsp. instant coffee powder or granules 1/8 Salt 1 C. water 1 stick cinnamon (if I don’t have a stick I just sprinkle some powdered cinnamon in) 2 C. milk 1 C. half-and-half 1 Tbs. vanilla extract 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

In a 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa, instant coffee, and salt. Stir in water; add cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes

Add milk and half-and-half to cocoa mixture, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.

Mix in vanilla and cloves; remove cinnamon stick; beat until foamy, then serve.