About the Sultry Hot Cocoa Recipe

This Sultry Hot Cocoa recipe has been formulated with ingredients that are meant to enhance your mood, relax your body, and boost your libido (and of course support your endocannabinoid system!). Cacao, rose, and maca are the power ingredients in this romantic drink. We highly recommend romancing yourself while you sip: light some candles, get cozy, maybe even give yourself (or your sweetie) a massage.

However you choose to indulge, we hope you enjoy!

Ah, Valentine’s Day: Chocolate, flowers...romantic dinners at overly-crowded restaurants.

While we aren’t really into romantic dinners that involve bumping elbows with the table next to us, we are into chocolate and flowers. And let’s be real, it doesn’t have to be a holiday to justify treating yourself to some chocolate and flower-y treat (it does support the endocannabinoid system, after all!).

But, in the spirit of Valentine’s day, we have created a hot cocoa recipe that is chocolate-y, comforting, and even has roses in it!

Cacao’s scientific name name (Theobroma cacao) translates to “food of the gods”, which seems fitting given all of its health benefits, including that it:
  • is a mood enhancer: cacao is correlated with elevated levels of serotonin and dopamine, which promotes elevated mood and sexual arousal

  • contains anandamide: anandamide is an endocannabinoid known as the “bliss chemical” that supports your endocannabinoid system

  • contains phenylethylamine: known as the “love-molecule,” phenylethylamine is a chemical that is also released by the brains of people in love and post-coital bliss

  • contains magnesium: cacao is high in magnesium, which is a mineral many people are deficient in that helps promote relaxation

Maca is a great:
  • source of omega 3 fatty acids: an important nutrient that our bodies use to make their own endocannabinoids

  • adaptogen: Maca is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stress and promotes balance throughout; maca specifically has been shown to support the adrenal glands, helping the body cope with stress and ease the nervous system

  • libido booster: Maca helps to balance sex hormone production and can help with sexual dysfunction; it can help improve sexual desire for up to 6 weeks after ingestion!

In addition to cacao and maca, Rose:
  • is a potent aphrodisiac: the scent of Rose has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries, especially the essential oil

  • promotes relaxation: rose is rich in the terpene myrcene, which has anti-depressant,relaxing, and calming properties, and rose can support the nervous system

Finally, Star Anise is an herb that is rich in:

Cocoa powder, rose powder, maca and star anise in small bowls with cannabis leaf for sultry hot cocoa recipe

Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion

If you'd like to enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider one of the suggestions below. When substituting or adding cannabis-infused products, be aware of how many mg of CBD (or, if you're in a legal state, THC) are in each portion of the recipe you are making. The standard dose of CBD is 15-30mg, but varies based on tolerance, reason for use, severity of condition, etc. We recommend starting low and going slow; click here to learn more about dosing) and be sure to read our CBD Safety article and talk to your doctor before incorporating new cannabinoids into your routine.

How to add cannabinoids to your Sultry Hot Cocoa

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cacao powder

  • 1 tsp maca powder

  • 1/2 c water

  • 1/2 c milk of choice (we love cashew, almond, or hemp milks)

  • 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice (we love honey or maple syrup)

  • 1/2 tsp rose powder (optional) 

    • Please Note: Rose typically doesn’t come in powder; we use a coffee grinder to turn dried rose petals into a powder. You can also use whole rose petals as is or make some rose tea, strain it, and add the rose infused hot water to the drink. Or you can omit the rose completely and add something else — cinnamon is also delicious!

  • 1 Star Anise (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat ½ c water over stove in a small saucepan on medium heat until it starts to boil

  2. While your water is heating up, put all of the dry ingredients into the bottom of your mug

  3. Pour water into mug and mix well (if you have a frother, this is a great tool to use!)

  4. Add milk to saucepan over low heat; when it is almost boiling, remove from heat

  5. Pour milk into mug

  6. Top it off with marshmallows or whipped cream if you desire

  7. Enjoy!

 

Kristen Williams
Tags: Drinks Sweets