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Every once in awhile something is so surprisingly good that you never forget the first time you tried it.

I was standing around a giant campfire freezing my ass off somewhere near the Ortega Highway when a fellow camper handed me a big, warm thermos of cocoa. Mmmm, chocolate - and mint - and alcohol.

Alcohol! How was it possible that it never occurred to me to put alcohol in cocoa? She had spiked the thermos with peppermint schnapps. Chocolate and mint - it was so obvious. It was a revelation along the lines of, "Hey, you got yer chocolate in my peanut butter! Hey..."

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Try it out the next time you are hankering for something warm and sweet, but with a kick.

Cocoa for Big Kids

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 cups milk
5 Tbsp (2 1/2 ounces) peppermint schnapps

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cocoa.

Add about 1/2 cup milk and whisk together until thoroughly mixed.

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Stir over a medium flame, gradually adding milk. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Do not allow to boil.

Add schnapps and enjoy the magic.

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist

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