This warm and spicy hot chocolate is a decadent blend of whole milk, dark cocoa powder, light brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise, vanilla, and nutmeg.
‣ 2 cup whole milk ‣ 4 tablespoon light brown sugar, more or less to taste ‣ 2 1/2 tablespoon dark cocoa powder, plus more for garnish (optional) ‣ 1 pinch salt ‣ 2 cinnamon sticks ‣ 2 star anise ‣ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract ‣ 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for garnish (optional) ‣ whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
Start off by mixing together the milk, light brown sugar, dark cocoa powder, and salt.
Transfer the hot chocolate mixture to a saucepan and warm it over medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise, vanilla, and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes.