With cold weather still here this month, why not have a cozy night in with a friend or loved one while enjoying a batch of this herb-infused hot chocolate for two? And if you have a larger crowd to entertain, this recipe scales up easily. This is a rich, calming treat perfect for an evening in front of the fire or snuggled up on the couch.


Herbal Hot Chocolate
Herbal Hot Chocolate, photo by Sara Schuster


3 cups milk (I used oat milk)

1 tsp lavender buds

2 tsp rose petals

4 cardamom pods

splash of rose water (optional)

3 oz chocolate, chopped fine



Herbal Hot Chocolate, photo by Sara Schuster
Herbal Hot Chocolate, photo by Sara Schuster

Place all ingredients in a saucepan, except the chocolate. Warm over medium heat, removing from burner before the milk begins to simmer.

Cover with a lid and allow the herbs to infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Strain out the herbs, and return the milk to your pan. Add the chopped chocolate and continue warming the milk, stirring with a whisk. Again, adjust the heat as needed so that the milk doesn’t simmer or come to a boil.

Once the chocolate is melted through and incorporated into the milk, remove from heat and pour into mugs.

Optional toppings: whipped cream or marshmallows, chocolate shavings, crushed rose petals, a dash of cinnamon.


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