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Sip Steeple Earl Grey Hot Chocolate with Mandarin Whipped Cream on a bed of Autumn leaves

The Ultimate Earl Grey Hot Chocolate: A Symphony of Tea, Cocoa and Citrus

Hot chocolate - it's a drink that conjures memories of cosy winter evenings, heartwarming conversations, and comforting warmth that envelops your senses. Today, we are about to elevate this beloved beverage to a gourmet experience, infusing it with the delicate flavour of Earl Grey tea, the indulgence of Double Dutch Pure Cocoa, the creamy luxury of mandarin whipped cream, and a hint of warmth from a dusting of cinnamon. This is not just any hot chocolate; it's the Ultimate Earl Grey Hot Chocolate.

The soul of this unique hot chocolate is the blend of Sip Steeple's Earl Grey loose leaf tea and Double Dutch Pure Cocoa. Earl Grey, with its signature bergamot flavour, lends a subtle citrusy depth to the hot chocolate, making it a beverage that surprises and delights with every sip. The Double Dutch Pure Cocoa, known for its rich, velvety chocolate notes, forms the perfect canvas for this tea-chocolate fusion.

But we don't stop there. We top this sophisticated hot chocolate with a generous dollop of mandarin whipped cream - a luscious, creamy topping that is bursting with citrusy goodness, adding another layer of complexity to our drink. A sprinkle of cinnamon completes the experience, adding warmth and a gentle spiciness that ties together all the elements beautifully.

Creating the Ultimate Earl Grey Hot Chocolate is a journey of discovery - of unique flavours, harmonious blends, and the sheer joy of crafting a beverage that is comforting yet exotic, familiar yet exciting. Let's embark on this journey together.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of Sip Steeple Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea
  • 500 ml of Milk
  • 2 tablespoons of Double Dutch Pure Cocoa
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Brown Sugar (adjust according to taste)
  • 200 ml of Double Cream
  • 2 tablespoons of Mandarin Juice
  • 1 teaspoon of Mandarin Zest
  • 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon (for dusting)

Special Equipment Required

  • Teapot
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer (or a balloon whisk for whipping cream)
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Mugs for serving

Instructions

  1. Brew the Earl Grey Tea: Begin by heating 250 ml of milk in a saucepan. Once the milk is hot but not boiling, add the Earl Grey loose leaf tea. Let the tea steep for about 5 minutes, then strain the milk into a bowl or jug, leaving behind the tea leaves. You now have a beautifully fragrant Earl Grey infused milk.

  2. Make the Hot Chocolate Base: In the same saucepan, add the remaining 250 ml of milk, the Double Dutch Pure Cocoa, and the brown sugar. Using a whisk, stir the mixture over medium heat until the cocoa is fully dissolved and the mixture is steaming hot. Be sure to adjust the sugar according to your taste - some may prefer a sweeter hot chocolate, while others might enjoy the slightly bitter notes of cocoa.

  3. Combine the Tea and Cocoa: Now, it's time to combine the Earl Grey infused milk with the hot cocoa mixture. Pour the tea-infused milk into the saucepan and gently heat the mixture, whisking to ensure everything is well combined.

  4. Prepare the Mandarin Whipped Cream: While the hot chocolate is warming, pour the double cream into a bowl, and add the mandarin juice and zest. Whip the mixture using an electric mixer (or a balloon whisk if you're up for a workout) until it forms soft peaks. This is your mandarin whipped cream - creamy, luxurious, and bursting with a refreshing citrus flavour.

  5. Serve the Hot Chocolate: Pour the hot chocolate into your chosen mugs, filling them about three-quarters of the way. Spoon a generous dollop of the mandarin whipped cream on top, allowing it to float on the surface of the hot chocolate. Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon for warmth and spice.

The Ultimate Earl Grey Hot Chocolate is an experience, a journey, and a celebration of flavours. It's a testament to the beauty of experimenting with ingredients and daring to step outside the traditional boundaries of recipes. Every sip brings a different note to the forefront - the citrusy Earl Grey, the decadent cocoa, the creamy and zesty mandarin whipped cream, the warm spice of cinnamon - making the experience of drinking it as exciting as creating it.

This is a beverage that invites you to slow down, to savour the nuances of flavour, to experience comfort and luxury in every sip. Whether you're enjoying it on a quiet evening, curled up with a book, or serving it at a festive winter gathering, the Ultimate Earl Grey Hot Chocolate is sure to create a lasting impression.

So, let's raise our mugs to the joy of creating, the pleasure of tasting, and the warmth of sharing delightful culinary experiences. Here's to many more such delicious adventures. Cheers!

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