How to prepare cacao drinks

The trick to a delicious cacao drink is to blend the cacao paste with hot water into a frothy drink. You can also use oat/nut milk and endless spice blends. Here are some favorite recipes:

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Cacao Drink

Cacao 15-25gr
+
optional spices
+
hot water / oat milk ±200ml

  • 70°C is hot enough to melt the cacao well.

  • Use a milk frother or (hand)blender to create foam as a final touch.

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Cacao Shot

Cacao 15gr
+
chili
+
hot water 125ml

  • Play with the cacao-water ratio for your favorite thickness.

  • Chili increases/activates the effects of cacao.

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Cacaopuccino

Cacao 15gr
+
hot water 75ml
+
foamed oat milk

  • Let the cacao dissolve for 15sec in the hot water and stir before pouring the foamed milk.

  • Delicious with cardamom.

Tips & tricks

  • Delicious things to add: chili, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, anise, nutmeg and all your tasty imagination.

  • Chili gives a nice kick and increases the effect of cacao.

  • If pure cacao is a bit too intense for you, add some honey, agave or cane sugar to sweeten it up. Also oat milk is delicious to make it more creamy and is naturally sweeter.

  • Maca powder gives a nutty/milky taste and an energy boost. It is a hormone balancer and can increase your libido ;-).

  • A frothy cacao drink has the best mouth feel and rainbow colored bubbles make the perfect serve. The Mayas and Aztecs used to pour cacao drinks from vase to vase until foam appeared or used a molinillo (whisker).

 
Molinillos in Oaxaca (Wiki Commons), to make it easy you can also use a milk frother or (hand)blender.

Molinillos in Oaxaca (Wiki Commons), to make it easy you can also use a milk frother or (hand)blender.

 
  • Cacao drinks give focus, stimulate creativity and a nice flow. A nice alternative for coffee.

  • Combine a cacao drink with herbs, supplements or smart drugs that you are using. Cacao helps your body to uptake these as a carrier because of the natural fats in cacao and increase of your blood circulation.

  • Find out what dose works best for you. Some people are simply more sensitive than others. In general we recommend 10-25gr as a casual dose and 30-42gr as a ceremonial dose.

  • Cacao has a subtle effect, some notice it directly, others after a week. You’ll get the most benefits from cacao by using it regularly, but feel what feels right for you.

  • Drink enough water as cacao is slightly dehydrating to avoid a potential headache. In general, always drink enough water ;-).

Ritual

Preparing a cacao drink is like a little ritual that you can devote to your goals. Just like drinking cacao with an intention can be very powerful. Rituals prepare our mind in a meditative way. Give it a try.

Be creative!

There are many more delicious uses. Add cacao shavings to your breakfast with yogurt, fruits, nuts, oatmeal or smoothie. Grate cacao over your cappuccino or cocktail. If you're a bit more adventurous make your own chocolate!

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Cacao is very nutritious, nibble some while traveling or at a party. It gives you energy and connects to positive vibes. You can also make deliciously healthy energy balls.