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Hot Chocolypto

When I saw the teaser trailer to Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, I was captivated by the imagery and sound. I knew two– no, three things– I wanted to see the movie, I wanted to make a cooking show in the style of that trailer, and I knew right away the perfect recipe to go with it– Hot Chocolate.
I know, I know– Cocoa? Really?
Yes, really– with a little Central American twist– cayenne pepper. It makes the Cocoa’s warming effects seem to last longer, adds a nice dimension to the flavor, and gives it a nice kick.
So watch the vid, which only took about 10 minutes to video tape, but about 8 hours of working with the sounds to get the mimicry right.
Oh yeah, the recipe:
1 heaping teaspoon of cocoa
2 heaping teaspoons of sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup Milk
Get a container for shaking– you’re going to be making a chocolate slurry. What’s a slurry? You’ll see…
Add the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, pepper, and 1/3 cup of milk to the container. Put a lid on the container and give it a good shaking for about 20 seconds. Congratulations, you now have a chocolate slurry.
Grab you favorite, microwavable mug and pour the slurry into it. Pour in the rest of the milk and give it a little stir.
Microwave until hot– timing depends on your microwave. In mine, about 1 minute and 20 seconds gets it there. Any longer and it could foam over– just keep an eye on it.


Caipirinha– “Kai-pih-reen-yah.” It’s a mouthfull– fortunately a very good mouthfull. This Brazillian beverage is a nice, simple, summer cocktail to enjoy on the remaining days of summer.
The recipe:
1/2 Lime, cut into chunks.
2-3 tsp sugar
1 oz. of Cachaca (Kah-sha-sah)– if you can’t get cachaca, use vodka.
Sparkling water.
Crush the limes (skins and all) and sugar together in a tumbler. Add the shot of cachaca. Add ice. Top with sparkling water. Give it a little stir.
And please– Drink responsibly.