I can get behind a Hot Toddy as a Food Holiday on January 11. Brr... it's cold outside, even here in Northern California. Actually a hot toddy is good anytime.
Hot Toddy might be an old fashioned name, but the Hot Toddy has served for centuries as a therapeutic drink. If you add chocolate, you get all those chocolate benefits, too. Alcohol and chocolate: a great combination.
Sunset has a recipe for Brandied Hot Chocolate a few years ago that fits the bill today. I've adapted it just a bit.
Chocolate Hot Toddy!
1- 1/2 cups grated dark chocolate (65-85% organic, fair-trade/your favorite)
1/2 cup dry milk powder (not something I have on hand except for this)
4 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons Armagnac
Whipped cream or marshmallows, for garnish
1. In a medium bowl, mix grated chocolate and dry milk powder.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat whole milk over medium heat. Once heated, stir in the chocolate mixture and whisk until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and hot.
3. Pour 1 Tbsp. Armagnac into each mug (four mugs total), then fill each mug with the smooth, hot chocolate mixture. Serve hot, garnished with fresh whipped cream or fresh marshmallows.