In our neck of the woods it cooled off a little recently. This has me very excited. It’s been hot for so long. Cooler temps are a welcome change. We recently had two evenings of an overnight low of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Sean asked if we could have a fire after walking home from the bus stop in the morning. Yes, I have some Southern wimps!!
We were also able to finally eat outside again. Most people enjoy meals outdoors all summer long. Here in the South we stay in the air conditioning and wait for September to roll around to eat out again. We had a wonderful meal of rogan josh with homemade naan to celebrate Josh’s birthday. The boys actually came inside to put long sleeves on before we cut the cheesecake. Like I said, weather wimps!
You may have noticed by now I am excited about our cooler weather. With cool evenings come warm drinks. A family favorite for years has been hot chocolate with Bailey’s Irish cream, at Thanksgiving we make a big teapot of it for all the cousins.
I like to experiment though. There are so many other liquors that go well with hot chocolate. This is my newest version for the season. Banana, cinnamon and chocolate. Need I really say anything else?! It’s a flavor combination to die for. Snuggle up and enjoy.
Banana Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
1 c. milk
2 Tbs. chocolate syrup (try my homemade version)
1 1/2 oz. banana liqueur
1/2 oz. cinnamon liqueur (Fireball cinnamon whiskey, cinnamon schnapps etc.)
Heat the milk and stir in everything else. Serve in a mug and garnish as desired (whipped cream, grated chocolate, chocolate syrup, chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder, banana chips…let your imagination run wild)!
Yields: 1 serving