Sorry about the lack of posts this week. My husband was supposed to be home last weekend and well, that didn’t happen and I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I couldn’t pass up a Thirsty Thursday post though!

We went with ginger for our theme this week and y’all know I kind of hate ginger but you know what I do love? Gingerbread! So I made a gingerbread hot chocolate since it’s been so cold and windy here lately. It’s so good and the perfect way to warm up. I was worried my boys wouldn’t like it since it is spicy (cinnamon-spicy, not spicy-spicy) but they loved it and asked me to make another batch once the first was gone. And the little gingerbread marshmallows are just so cute!

Nicole made a Ginger Grapefruit Cocktail which I totally want to make because I am a sucker for anything grapefruit.

One year ago: Braised French Onion Chicken Thighs

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
10 whole cloves
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
4 cups whole milk
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
gingerbread marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in an 8- x 10-inch piece of cheesecloth; pull edges together, and tie to secure.
  2. Warm milk and spice bundle in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and steep 30 minutes.
  3. Remove spice bundle from milk. Heat milk mixture over medium-low heat until hot. Add brown sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar melts. Add chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Stir in vanilla. Serve warm, topped with gingerbread marshmallows.
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