This creamy and cold chocolate drink is what you need to start the day on the right foot. Easy to make, refreshing, and with flavorful spices, it's the perfect summer drink.

– 6 cups of hot water, divided – 4 cups of whole milk – 3 star anise – 1 stick of cinnamon – 6 cloves – A pinch of freshly-grated nutmeg – ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder – 3 tablespoons sugar (white, granulated), or to taste – 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence (extract) – 2 cups of crushed ice cubes


In a saucepan, combine half the hot water, milk, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and simmer over low flame until the liquid has reduced by half. Be careful it does not over-boil.  Once reduced, sieve and discard solids.

Step 1

In the meantime, dissolve the cocoa powder in the remaining hot water. Add sugar to taste to the hot cocoa mixture.

Step 2

Let the hot milk mixture and cocoa powder mixture cool to room temperature. Add vanilla extract to the milk.

Step 3

Once everything has cooled, pour equal amount of the cocoa mixture into each of 4 short serving glass. Add ice, and pour equal amounts of the flavored milk into each.

Step 4

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