Lavender is aromatic with a hint of floral undertones, but it can also be an overwhelming flavor. When done right it’s a treat for your senses. You know some of the classic combinations: lavender and berries, lavender and sage, and lavender and dark chocolate.
This deliciously robust take on hot chocolate is a delight any day of the week or season of the year. Whether as the perfect pick-me-up at the beginning of a busy day, or the ideal midday beverage when you are hankering for something sweet, the Feliz Lavanda is a satisfying accompaniment for any occasion. With added ice cream, and a dusting of cocoa powder, it’s near indulgent without overdoing it.
While this recipe makes one serving, double it and share it with someone you love. Even better, make a batch big enough for a few cups each, lay out all the toppings, and let friends build their own. Lavender is known for its laundry list of benefits for mind and body; such as relieving nausea, headaches, and anxiety. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants and is great for a healthy heart. Just as the Aztec emperor Montezuma II used cocoa to revitalize himself, you can too.
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ teaspoon dried lavender
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons maple syrup
- A pinch of salt
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
In a small pot, combine milk and dried lavender over low heat for three minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for an additional two minutes. Strain the milk back into the pot and warm over low heat. Pour the lavender-infused milk into the mini food processor. Add cocoa powder, maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Blend on high for 1 minute. Pour over ice cream. Serve.