Looking for a strong, aromatic drink to carry you over the rest of the day? Look no further. This creamy and cold cocoa drink is what you need to start the day on a good 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.