Now that fall is fully here, there’s nothing more comforting than curling up with a mug of ginger cinnamon hot chocolate, watching the leaves change colors outside.
This cozy fall drink has been one of my staples during this season, so I felt I would share my recipe with you so we can both cozy up and get comfy together.
The great thing about this ginger cinnamon hot chocolate is that it’s relatively easy to make.
Just put all your ingredients into a pot, and let it boil, and viola.. your hot chocolate is ready to serve.
If you are on the search for some winter beverages to keep you cozy this season, then you’ve got to try out this recipe.
Ingredients for Ginger Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Milk: I used almond milk because it doesn’t leave a strong taste, and I usually prefer plant-based. However, feel free to use any milk of your choice.
Unsweetened cocoa powder: It won’t be hot chocolate without the cocoa powder, so don’t skip this.
Sugar: or sweetener. You can also substitute it with honey or maple syrup.
Ground ginger: Ginger adds a really nice spiced twist to this hot chocolate.
Ground cinnamon: Cinnamon pairs well with ginger in many recipes, and I love the flavor it adds to this hot chocolate.
Vanilla extract: For more flavor.
Marshmallows: For topping (completely optional, but I sometimes add it)
How to Prepare Your Hot Chocolate Drink
Step 1: Combine Dry Ingredients
Mix together your cocoa powder, sugar (or alternative sweetener), ground ginger, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Step 2: Warm the milk and whisk in the Cocoa mixture
Warm up your milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Make sure you don’t boil your milk. You just want it hot. Once your milk is hot, add your vanilla extract and whisk in your cocoa mixture.
Step 3: Keep whisking until fully combined
Keep whisking and try to make sure there are no lumps present.
Continue heating for another three minutes, constantly stirring to ensure the mixture doesn’t burn at the bottom.
Step 4: Serve your ginger cinnamon hot chocolate and Enjoy
Pour your ginger cinnamon hot chocolate into mugs. If desired, top with marshmallows and garnish with a sprinkle of grated chocolate or cinnamon stick.
Pairing Your Ginger Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
This ginger cinnamon hot chocolate is great on its own. However, you can make the whole experience of having this chocolate even better by pairing it with the right snacks.
Here are some of my favorite snacks to eat this hot chocolate with:
Cookies: I love to eat this with my homemade date paste cookies. The softness and chewiness of these cookies mesh really well with the ginger cinnamon hot chocolate. No kidding, you will enjoy this combo.
Banana Bars: If you want to go the super healthy, less ingredient route, then consider pairing your ginger cinnamon hot chocolate with these delicious banana coconut bars.
Brownies: You may be thinking to yourself “Who eats brownies with hot chocolate?“. However, you’ve got to trust me on this one. This ginger hot chocolate paid with these fudgy brownies is honestly a match made in heaven. You won’t know what you’re missing out on until you give it a try.
Other Hot Chocolate Alternatives to try
If you loved this ginger cinnamon hot chocolate, then I can promise you that you would also love this vanilla hot chocolate drink as well.
It’s very similar in preparation and tastes amazing. Plus, you would find it super comforting, especially now that we are in the fall season.
Let me know in the comments if you give this ginger cinnamon hot chocolate a try!
Ginger Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups milk - whole milk or your preferred alternative
- 2 tbsps cocoa powder - unsweetened
- 2 tbsps sugar - can substitute with honey or maple syrup
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping - optional
- In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, sugar (or alternative sweetener), ground ginger, and cinnamon.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk. Make sure not to let it boil; you just want it hot.
- Once the milk is hot, whisk in the cocoa mixture, and vanilla extract until it's fully incorporated and there are no lumps. Continue heating for another 2-3 minutes, constantly stirring to ensure the mixture doesn't burn at the bottom.
- Pour the hot chocolate into mugs. If desired, top with whipped cream or marshmallows and garnish with a sprinkle of grated chocolate or a cinnamon stick.
- Serve your ginger cinnamon hot chocolate and Enjoy!