Front porch hot cocoa with southern comfort recipe

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A liqueur originally created by bartender Martin Wilkes Heron in 19th century New Orleans, Southern Comfort adds aromatic notes of buttered almond, baked peach cobbler, and herbs to an extra-comforting cup of hot cocoa. It’s a reminder of a time when sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair and waving as the neighbors go by was practically an art form. The drink is so good, as they say in the South, it “makes your tongue want to slap your brains out.”

  • Yield: 4 Servings


  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 ounces Southern Comfort
  • Whipped cream (optional)
How to Make It
  1. Combine cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. In a separate saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until it becomes hot, not quite to a boil. Add just a few tablespoons of the hot milk into the cocoa mix, and stir into a smooth paste with a wooden spoon.
  2. Gradually add the remainder of the milk and continue stirring until fully incorporated. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, add the Southern Comfort, then froth with an immersion blender until creamy and foamy.
  3. Divide into four pre-warmed cups, and top each with whipped cream if desired.

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