Kyle Dromgoole, the owner of Café Brújula, got this simple spiced-hot-chocolate recipe from his wife's Oaxacan grandmother, who makes her own chocolate with local cacao and ground spices.
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1 quart whole milk
3 tablets of Oaxacan or Mexican chocolate (10 ounces), chopped
Ground cinnamon, for dusting
How to Make It
In a microwave-safe cup, heat the milk at high power for 5 minutes, until boiling.
Add the chopped chocolate to a 1 1/2- to 2-quart heatproof pitcher. Pour the boiling milk over the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Mix the milk with the chocolate by rolling a whisk or wooden Mexican molinillo between the palms of your hands, until the hot chocolate is smooth and slightly frothy, about 3 minutes. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs, dust with cinnamon and serve.
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