This raw herbal drinking chocolate offers a chance to meditate on cacao as medicine and medium, not just an easily accessible sweet treat.

Chocolatl Spiced Drinking Chocolate Healing Herbal Teas

Photo © Charity Burggraaf, excerpted from Healing Herbal teas

We often forget or don’t know that some stimulating substances like chocolate and coffee, which are ubiquitous in our lives today, were used sparingly in the cultures from which they came. Cacao was incredibly sacred to the Maya and Aztec people, so much so that it was reserved for special occasions and ceremonies. Often mixed into a frothy tea with chilies, spices, and other medicinal or psychoactive herbs, chocolate was used as a medium that works synergistically with the medicine as it travels through the body and mind of the drinker. Chocolatl tea offers you a chance to meditate on cacao as medicine and medium, not just an easily accessible sweet treat.

You will be blown away by the fragrance and flavor of this raw herbal drinking chocolate. Raw cacao is a wonderful superfood that enhances and is enhanced by other herbs and spices. I am always captivated by the dance of flavor created by infusing them together in hot water and milk.

Cacao is a truly sensual herb, and when combined with spices it makes a feel-good aphrodisiac tea. You can make this tea as spicy as you want with either chipotle pepper or cayenne. Try it when you crave a little pick-me-up — you’ll find it creamy, invigorating, and a little bit sweet. I enjoy it as a dessert tea and often serve it at parties.

Chocolatl

Taste: bittersweet base with warming aromatics, calming mints, and spicy chilies

Herbal actions: uplifting and invigorating

System affected: nervous

Ingredients

  • 2 parts raw cacao powder
  • 1.5 parts chamomile
  • 1 part peppermint
  • 0.75 part cinnamon
  • 0.35 part star anise
  • Pinch of chipotle pepper or cayenne per cup
  • 1 teaspoon honey per cup

Directions

  1. Hot tea: Combine ¾ cup milk and ¾ cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer. Pour hot liquid over 1 to 2 teaspoons tea. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain. Add 1 teaspoon honey.
  2. Iced tea: Pour ¾ cup hot water over 1 to 2 teaspoons tea. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain. Add 1 teaspoon honey. Refrigerate. Once chilled, add ¾ cup milk and a few ice cubes.

Text and recipe excerpted from Healing Herbal Teas © 2016 by Sarah Farr. All rights reserved.

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Sarah Farr is the author of Healing Herbal Teas. She operates two herbal tea businesses in the Pacific Northwest — Harbor Herbalist and Bird’s Eye… See Bio

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