When a snowy or rainy day at home rolls around, we all know the drill. Light a candle, grab your blanket, book and something warm in a mug. Coffee and tea are the hot beverages most book lovers will reach for when settling in for a cozy reading sesh. And for good reason! They’re delicious! Hot chocolate (or cocoa, if you like) definitely deserves a spot at the top as well. After you try this one flavored with crème de menthe, you might be swapping it in for your usual coffee or tea pretty often!
This drink is inspired by our dear friend, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. The famous fictional detective has a taste for the finer things and is particular about what he eats and drinks. He’s been known to have a liking for decadent cups of chocolate and the sleuth is no stranger to sipping a glass of crème de menthe. No mystery about what’s in this mug, though. The recipe is quick and beyond simple!
You’ll note that I’ve opted to use a powdered mix for the hot chocolate to make it as simple as possible for all those of us who do not regularly have time to fuss with a double boiler. You’ll want to indulge in this treat too often for that. However, if you’d like your beverage to imitate a more decadent European-style cup of chocolate (sans double boiler) simply use milk in place of hot water, as called for on most chocolate mixes. This is the method that I’ve used below. I also opted for a mix with no sugar added so the beverage doesn’t get overly sweet, but that’s up to you.
- hot chocolate mix
- 1 oz. crème de menthe
- whipped cream (optional)
- Start by heating the milk (or water) and following the directions on your hot chocolate mix to stir up a mug of chocolate.
- Measure out 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) of crème de menthe and stir into the mug of chocolate.
- Taste and see if the proportions are to your liking. You can always add more if you prefer more mint flavor.
- Enjoy! Top the drink with whipped cream for an extra indulgence.
See? Outrageously easy. Be warned: they are easy to drink as well!
What’s your favorite Poirot story?