Drinking Chocolate

This is a very rich hot drink to be served in small cups.


  • 600 mls (1 pint) full-cream milk
  • 3 tablespoons whipping or single cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, or 7.5 cm (3 inch) stick of cinnamon, or 2 blades of mace
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 150 g (5 oz) chocolate


Put the milk and cream with the spice, salt and pepper in a saucepan, and scald it; that is, bring to the point where tiny bubbles appear around the edge of the pan.

Break up the chocolate, put it in a bowl standing in very hot water. Pour the milk over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted. Let it stand for a few minutes for the flavours to infuse.

Strain it into a heated jug, whisk to a froth, if you like, and serve very hot.