Hawt Chocolate

In Saffron Nights, Maeve interviews a British Grand Dame about aphrodisiacs. This is her favorite. Taken from an 18th century English herbal manual: “Into a steaming hot cup of very strong coffee or hot chocolate, place a small quantity of crushed nutmeg and two whole juniper berries. Let the mixture stand for two minutes and then, on the surface of the beverage, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon.” Who knows if this is an aphrodisiac but it does taste marvelous, especially with a generous portion of thick, sweetened whipped cream floating on the top. And what better way to spend an evening with your honey than snuggling up to the fire with a hot drink that looks like this.

Photo by Renee McGurk

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