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 15-20gr
+
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: 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 Also it increases your libido ;-).

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

 
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.