Beyond the Chocolate Bar: Cocoa Recipes to Keep You Warm in Winter!

It’s cold outside, so why not warm yourself up with one of these special hot cocoa recipes? Use your leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate in a tasty way!

Chocolate lovers can indulge in these hot cocoa recipes with a twist, courtesy of Whiteface Lodge’s lead mixologist Zachary Blair:




Barrel Aged Cocoa

  • 1.5 oz Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin
  • .5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 5 oz Dutch Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate
  • Mix and Garnish with Rosemary




Peanut Butter Biscotti Cocoa

  • 1 oz Vanilla-Infused Brandy
  • 1 oz Peanut Butter Liqueur
  • 5 oz Semi Sweet Hot Chocolate
  • Biscotti Whipped Cream (.5oz to every 3oz of whipping cream)





Evan Sheridan, pastry chef at Herons, the Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa shares his recipe for a decadent White Hot Chocolate:


  • 2 oz low sugar white chocolate
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 qt whole milk
  • 2 ea green cardamom
  • 1 ea Ceylon cinnamon stick
  • 2 ea star anise



  • Slowly heat the milk with the spices
  • Turn off the heat when the mixture comes to a simmer
  • Cover and allow steeping for approximately 15 minutes


To Finish

  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and add the salt
  • Mix cornstarch with a small amount of water to create “slurry”
  • Heat the milk to a simmer and pour in the cornstarch slurry (whisking the entire time)
  • Simmer for approximately 5 minutes while whisking
  • Turn off the heat and pour in the white chocolate
  • Garnish with Grand Marnier, a cinnamon stick, some lightly sweetened whipped cream, and an orange twist


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