Irish Hot Chocolate

Try Brigit's favorite
Hot Chocolate recipe,
She guarantees it
to keep ye warm through-out
the winter months!

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cold water
2 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup Baileys Irish Cream liqueur,
or to taste
Whipped cream and shaved
bittersweet chocolate for garnish

In a large heavy saucepan,
combine the cocoa powder,
the sugar,
the vanilla,
the water,
and a pinch of salt
Heat the mixture over low heat,
whisking, until the cocoa powder
is dissolved
and the mixture is a smooth paste.
Gradually add the milk
and the half-and-half,
both scalded, and simmer the hot
chocolate, whisking, for 2 minutes.
Stir in the Baileys.
(For a frothy result, in a blender blend the hot chocolate in
Divide the hot chocolate among mugs
and top it with the whipped cream
and the chocolate

Thank Ye Brigit
Yer a Gem!