How to prepare cacao drinks

The trick to a delicious cacao drink is to blend the cacao 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
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hot water / oat milk ±175ml

  • 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 10-15gr
+
chili
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hot water ±75ml

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

  • Chili increases the effect of cacao.

  • 10 to 15 gram is one big tablespoon flakes.

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Cacaopuccino

Cacao 10-15gr
+
hot water ±50ml
+
foamed oat milk

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

  • Delicious with cardamom or golden milk.

Tips & tricks

  • Delicious things to add: chili, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, anise, nutmeg, coconut oil 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. Oat milk is delicious to make it more creamy and is naturally sweeter. Coconut oil makes the taste softer and smoother. Many options to design your drink!

  • Maca powder gives a smooth, nutty flavor and an energy boost. It is a hormone balancer and can increase your libido ;-).

  • The perfect serve is a frothy cacao drink, it has the best mouth feel, releases the aroma and shows rainbow colored bubbles. The Mayas and Aztecs already knew this and used to pour cacao drinks from vase to vase until a layer of foam appeared or used a molinillo (whisker). You can use a milk frother or (hand)blender to make it easy.

 
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 increase focus, stimulate creativity and gets us in the 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 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 drinking cacao for a week. You’ll get the most benefits from cacao by using it regularly and important to feel what’s right for you.

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

Ritual & Intention

We enjoy preparing a cacao drink as a little ritual. It helps us to be present in the now and prepares our mind for what we want to do next. Setting an intention for a practice or your day is a nice way to integrate with cacao and drink with this intention.

Be creative!

There are many more delicious uses. Add cacao flakes 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.