Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bull Shots and Spicy Hot Cocoa

Here are two hot & spicy beverages for two, one savory and one sweet, to enjoy this Valentine's Day.

Bull Shots: Fill two microwaveable mugs with beef broth, and heat in microwave at high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until hot. Add Busha Browne's Spicy Hot Pepper Sherry to taste, about 1 tsp per mug. Stir and enjoy as an aperitif.

Spicy Hot Cocoa
4 Tbs sugar (or the equivalent using a sugar substitute)
2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Cayenne pepper
2 cups milk (regular, low fat or skim)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix sugar, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon and a dash of salt in a saucepan. Stir in milk and heat over medium heat until hot (but not boiling), stirring often. Cook for 2 minutes at no more than a very gentle simmer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into 2 large mugs, garnish with a cinnamon stick in each and a dash (to taste) of cayenne pepper on top.

Zestfully yours,

PS: Not in the mood for love? Recently scorned, or celebrating a breakup? Looking for a Valentine's Day antidote, or a way to say "good riddance"? Then spice up your life with the "Love Stinks" Gift Set, or treat yourself to the Scorned Woman Gift Set!

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