Spiced Hot Chocolate

It’s hot, It’s spicy, it’s sweet and It’s just right!

If you’re anything like me chocolate and chili are a match made in heaven, the dense and bold aromatic flavours of cocoa and striking sensation of chili is definitely a combination one has to try.

Instead of using ordinary milk I decided to make a vegan friendly version with coconut milk which makes it smooth, silky and a lot creamier. If regular milk is what you have on hand or prefer it works just as well,  so feel free to substitute the coconut milk.


1 Tsp Cocoa Powder
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
Fresh Ginger (Grated)
1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Cinnamon Stick
250ml Milk
1 & 1/2 Tsp Brown Sugar to taste
1 Drop Vanilla extract

Toppings (Optional)

Chocolate chips
Whipped cream


Bring 1/2 a cup of water to the boil then add in the spices and boil for about 3 mins or until the water is well infused. Reduce the heat, then add in the coconut milk, cocoa powder and a pinch of cayenne. Continue to boil on a Medium – low heat for about 3-5 mins, while whisking occasionally to create a creamy drink. Add the vanilla before you serve and sieve the hot cocoa straight into your favorite mug.

Tuck in and enjoy!



Sylvia Jemutai
Sylvia Jemutai

Sylvia Jemutai is a food and lifestyle photographer, writer, food stylist, and designer based in Nairobi. Exploring life through delicious food and photography one plate at a time. With a fondness for delicious home cooked meals, mammoth salads and occasional dessert for breakfast.

  • Yummers. Totally inclined to try!

    • Hi Koki! It’s definitely one to try, let us know how it goes and if you try something different..In fact why not try it cold too. You’ve just inspired me to try it cold.
      Happy drinking!