hot chocolate cocktailsSip and savor these cocoa concoctions courtesy of Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge and The Umstead Hotel and Spa.

Chocolate lovers can indulge in these hot cocoa recipes with a twist, courtesy of Whiteface Lodge’s lead mixologist Zachary Blair:

Barrel Aged Cocoa
· 1.5 oz Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin
· .5 oz Green Chartreuse
· 5 oz Dutch Dark Chocolate Hot chocolate
· Mix and Garnish with Rosemary

Peanut Butter Biscotti Cocoa
· 1 oz Vanilla-Infused brandy
· 1 oz Peanut Butter Liquor
· 5 oz Semi Sweet Hot Chocolate
· Biscotti Whipped Cream (.5oz to every 3oz of whipping cream)

Evan Sheridan, pastry chef at Herons, the Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa shares his recipe for a decadent White Hot Chocolate:

· 2 oz low sugar white chocolate
· 1 tsp salt
· 1 tbs cornstarch
· 1 qt whole milk
· 2 ea green cardamom
· 1 ea Ceylon cinnamon stick
· 2 ea star anise

· Slowly heat the milk with the spices
· Turn off the heat when the mixture comes to a simmer
· Cover and allow steeping for approximately 15 minutes

To Finish
· Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and add the salt
· Mix cornstarch with a small amount of water to create “slurry”
· Heat the milk to a simmer and pour in the cornstarch slurry (whisking the entire time)
· Simmer for approximately 5 minutes while whisking
· Turn off the heat and pour in the white chocolate
· Garnish with Grand Marnier, a cinnamon stick, some lightly sweetened whipped cream, and an orange twist

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