1 day ago
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Hot Weather Hot Chocolate
It's 27° in my apartment, and while I know that this is not much for most people, it is enough to make anyone in Germany melt. We're just not used to functioning in this weather. Many Germans will go off to warm sunny vacation spots & love it, but to work in this heat? Forget it.
The weather doesn't normally stay this hot for long, so it hardly seems like a worthwhile investment to get air conditioning for a few sticky weeks in summer. I'm onto other ideas: a fan bought is Spain as a constant fashion accessory, a cool foot bath, I'm even thinking of a kiddie splash pool for the balcony. I just tried out my newest cool-me-down: mint hot chocolate.
If you can still drink coffee in the heat, why not hot chocolate? And paired with some mint from my balcony, it seems like the kind of thing to cool me off.
Mint Hot Chocolate
1 cup milk
1 heaped teaspoon sugar
1 - 2 tsp cocoa powder (to taste)
1 sprig mint
Cook milk, sugar & cocoa, being careful not to let the mixture boil. Crush mint. In a cappucino frother, froth everything together. Alternatively, mix vigorously or use a blender.
Garnish with more mint.
The menthol in the mint is cooling, and the hot chocolate was soothing. I still might need to fill that pool, though.