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.

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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