Cocktail Drink Recipe: The Carthusian Cocoa with Citrus Medica Bitters Whipped Cream
Here's a secret to warm you in the winter: Chartreuse + hot cocoa. Any food or drink taken from the nostalgic days of childhood and adapted for adults only is always a winner in our opinion, this little ditty won't let you down. Chartreuse is an herbal liqueur having been crafted by Carthusian Monks since 1737 in the Chartreuse Mountains of France. It can be quite pricey, but any good liquor store will carry the smaller bottles which are a wonderful addition to any home bar, novice or otherwise. There are traditionally two types made- Green and Yellow, the Yellow being a bit more mild. We've chosen to use Yellow in this recipe as to blend with the nuances of the chocolate and not overpower, but either will do. Don't be wary of the homemade whipped cream, its insanely easy to make.
The Carthusian Cocoa
• 1.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
• 3 oz organic hot cocoa
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1/4 cup sugar
• DRAM Citrus Medica Bitters
• Shaved dark chocolate- the method of shaving doesn't matter, we used the large side of a cheese grater down the side of a dark chocolate bar
Place a medium sized stainless steel bowl into the freezer for 20 minutes, remove and add the whipping cream plus 2 tablespoons DRAM Citrus Medica Bitters and the 1/4 cup of sugar. Using a hand blender, beat on high until the cream begins to thicken into your desired texture of whipped cream. Cover and place in the fridge.
Heat up 3 oz of your preferred cocoa- we like this one: http://shop.equalexchange.coop/chocolate/cocoa/organic-hot-cocoa-mix-12oz.html
Add the hot cocoa and Chartreuse to a drinking mug, top with a big dollop of the whipped cream and shaved chocolate.