Traditionally this drink made by grinding raw cocoa and water. But we can substitute this with cocoa powder and add milk if the taste is very bitter.
Everyone loves the classic hot chocolate and with the cold season approaching we resort to all these special hot beverages and the sales go through the roof of many coffee shops in town. This time how about diving into something new, relishing the ancestor of our dear hot chocolate, Xocolatl - Spicy hot chocolate of the ancient Aztecs. Historians believe that the cocoa was first discovered in the MesoAmerican region. The ancient rulers of the Mexico, the Aztecs used this cocoa to prepare their traditional drink. Xoco means bitter beverage and atl means water. So typically this is a bitter drink but spiced with jalapenos. This is how the raw cocoa was used in the olden days until Colombus took this back to Europe where it was mixed with milk and sugar and made more palatable. In the ancient time it was just mixed with water and sometimes vanilla bean and honey, with the ingredients readily available. It was the Europeans that refined it and made it a vital ingredient in many of the desserts.
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