Fall has arrived! How about a cup of Viking River’s Viennese Hot Chocolate

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Freya in DurnsteinWe’ve officially entered the fall season, and thoughts of sweaters and warm drinks are filling our mind.  Viking River Cruises has a number of lovely recipes that are perfectly suited to this cooler weather- and this one is a winner.

This recipe is from Reiner Marks, who prepared this drink aboard Viking River Cruises ships in Europe many times. Reiner has fond memories of how much our guests enjoyed the drink, which he says “tastes delicious.” Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

3 C of low-fat milk
7 oz premium dark chocolate, grated
1 T granulated sugar
1 C heavy cream, chilled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 T confectioner’s sugar

GARNISH

Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings

DIRECTIONS

In a sauce pan, gently heat 1 C of milk with grated chocolate. Simmer over low heat until all chocolate has dissolved. Combine remaining milk and granulated sugar in another saucepan and gently heat, whisking until all sugar has dissolved. Add chocolate mix to sugared milk and continue simmering over low. In a bowl, whisk heavy cream and vanilla together on high slowly adding confectioner’s sugar until peaks form. Remove hot chocolate from heat and divide into cups. Place a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each. Garnish with a pinch of cocoa powder or sprinkle with chocolate shavings and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings, depending on mug size.

Sound like something you’d love to be sipping as you float through the European countryside?  To find out about Viking River’s offerings, please call us at  800-733-2048 or 1-407-771-4454, or email us at service@cruises-n-more.com.


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