Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Mezcal Cocoa

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Today is a very special Don’t Judge Me Monday because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016!  This week I’ll be sharing various recipes (including a great savory option!) centering around chocolate of some sort.

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

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I will be sharing a boozy hot cocoa recipe with you in honor of Choctoberfest.  It’s got something extra, with the addition of chili powder.  This cocoa is smoky, boozy, slightly spicy and totally chocolately!

The booze in this special hot cocoa is mezcal. It is Tequila’s smokier cousin, is not necessarily produced in the region of Tequila, and is delicious!  You should be able to find it in most stores where you would purchase tequila and other spirits.


Let’s get to the cocoa!

Start by heating the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat (we don’t want to boil the milk, we’re just heating it) and whisk in the cocoa powder, sugar, chili powder, and instant espresso.  The espresso powder is added just to enhance the flavor of the chocolate, the hot cocoa won’t end up tasting like coffee.

For the chili powder, I used powdered New Mexico chilies.  Originally I tried chipotle and that was just too spicy for me!  Feel free to add more chili if you like it extra spicy or go ahead and use chipotle.


Once everything is mixed in without any clumps cook for about 5minutes until a few small bubbles form on the surface of the cocoa and it’s hot.  Now take the pan off the heat and mix in the mezcal.


You can serve it as is, or go the extra mile and top it with some cinnamon whipped cream.  You can check out this post for step by step instructions on making whipped cream.  Just replace the cocoa with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.


This recipe makes 2 large mugs of cocoa.



Here’s a list of all of the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2016. Visit any of their blogs to get delicious chocolate recipes throughout the week:

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I’m looking forward to seeing all of the yummy recipes posted on these blogs. Check them out throughout the week and don’t forget to follow our sponsors and bloggers using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget above for your chance to win our sweet prize pack.

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Mezcal Cocoa
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  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon New Mexico chile powder, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 3 ounces mezcal


  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder, sugar, chili powder, and instant espresso.
  2. Once everything is mixed in without any clumps cook for about 5minutes until a few small bubbles form on the surface of the cocoa and it's hot.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and mix in the mezcal.
  4. Serve it as is, or top it with some cinnamon whipped cream.
  5. This recipe makes 2 large mugs of cocoa.

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