Hot Chocolate with Chili

The heat of chiles takes this chocolate concoction from HOT DRINKS (Ryland Peters & Small) to another dimension
Hot Chocolate with Chilli
Two kinds of heat combine in sweet, rich cups of Hot Chocolate with Chili.

Hot Chocolate with Chili

Serves 2

Use the best quality cocoa powder you can find. The heat of the chili takes this chocolate drink to another dimension!


  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups whole milk, or 1¼ cups milk mixed with 1¼ cups light cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dried chile or ½ teaspoon chopped fresh red chile
  • Sugar, to taste (optional)



1. Put the cocoa powder in a heatproof bowl, add about 1 tablespoon of the milk and mix to a smooth paste with a wooden spoon.

2. Put the remaining milk or milk and cream mixture in a saucepan, add the chile and bring to a boil. Carefully strain the boiling milk onto the cocoa paste through a fine-mesh strainer, then whisk vigorously.

3. Pour into two cups. Let cool for about 1 minute, then taste—you may need to add sugar. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Louise Pickford | Photography by Steve Painter

Try even more soul-warming sippers from Hot Drinks (Ryland Peters & Small, 2017)

hot drinks cookbook