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Boozy Baileys Hot Chocolate

Boozy Baileys Hot Chocolate
Boozy Baileys Hot Chocolate
Boozy Hot Chocolate - The Ultimate Indulgence
Boozy Hot Chocolate – The Ultimate Indulgence

One of my favourite treats is hot chocolate, and in cold, wet, windy weather (which we Β unfortunately frequently have in Ireland), hot chocolate is just the thing to perk me up. I usually have my hot chocolate plain, but over Christmas I decided to spike mine with a shot of baileys and add a spoon of brandy cream on top.

The perfect hot chocolate is made with real chocolate, so don’t bother making this with the instant hot chocolate powder. I get hot chocolate kits from O’Conaill’s chocolatiers in Cork that has a bag of cocoa and a bag of chocolate drops. But if you have a tub of cocoa powder, just buy a bar of good chocolate and chop it into little chunks. The flavour, thickness and quality is a thousand times better than hot chocolate powder or granules.

I know it’s January and most people are on juice diets etc, but for those people who are still enjoying a comforting treat in this wet, windy weather, give this a go. It’s delicious.

Beautiful Creamy Baileys Hot Chocolate
Beautiful Creamy Baileys Hot Chocolate

Ingredients (serves four):

1 litre full fat milk

100ml Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur (or more according to taste… I usually add a good dash per mug)

4 tbsp cocoa

100g chocolate drops/ chopped chocolate

1/3 cup cream

2 tbsp Hennessy Brandy (or more to taste- you could also use whisky)

1 tbsp icing sugar/confectioners sugar

  1. Whip the cream and stir in the brandy and icing sugar. Add a little more brandy if it needs a little kick.
  2. Pour the milk into a heavy bottomed pot and add in the cocoa, whisk it continuously on a medium heat for a few minutes and then add the chocolate pieces, keep stirring until melted. When the hot chocolate is hot enough (don’t let it reach boiling point), add the Baileys, just a minute before serving (you don’t want the alcohol to burn off).
  3. Serve the hot chocolate into the mugs and top with a spoon of the brandy cream. You could sprinkle a little more cocoa on top for effect.
Thick, Creamy Hot Chocolate
Thick, Creamy Hot Chocolate
Top With Whisky Cream
Top With Whisky Cream

Rhubarb Lemonade

Rhubarb Lemonade
Rhubarb Lemonade

Okay this is so embarrassingly easy to make I am reluctant to call it a recipe! But as a result of tonnes of in-season rhubarb on shop shelves everywhere, and the idea of making a nice homemade lemonade for a picnic recently, I decided to whip this up and really enjoyed the results. Any of the leftover rhubarb can be kept in the fridge for a few days for more lemonade, or poured on your morning porridge, or used to top ice-cream for dessert. I haven’t tried freezing it, but I’m sure leftover stewed rhubarb would freeze perfectly fine for future use.

This literally has three ingredients: rhubarb, sugar and water. If like me you don’t like fizzy or sugary drinks, this might be something to try for an occasional treat. It tastes delicious and is sweet but with a sharp rhubarb kick… In fact, I think I’m going to go have another glass right now!

Ingredients:

1 Bunch rhubarb (about 8 stalks)

1/2 cup sugar

1 bottle fizzy water

1. Chop up rhubarb and throw in a pot with sugar and let stew away until totally soft and turned to mush (this take about 10 minutes on a medium-high heat). You can use a fork to mash these down if you like. Let cool.

2. When cooled down, place 2-3 tablespoons of the stewed rhubarb in a tall glass fill it up with fizzy water (flat water works too).

3. Serve with a stalk of fresh mint if you’re feeling fancy!

Add Rhubarb and Sugar to Pot
Add Rhubarb and Sugar to Pot
Let The Stewed Rhubarb Cool
Let The Stewed Rhubarb Cool
Delicious Rhubarb Lemonade
Delicious Rhubarb Lemonade