How to prepare cacao drinks
Cacao drinks are made for thousands of years and are really easy and quick. You need 15~20gr cacao paste, 150~250ml water (or oat milk) and optional spices.
Dissolve cacao paste in hot water and blend or stir. 70°C is warm enough to melt the cacao. Cut into small pieces to dissolve easier. Use about 15 gr per cup for a casual dose or 25 gr for a stronger dose in 150~250ml water or oat/nut milk.
Optionally add cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, vanilla, anise, nutmeg, honey or other spices to create your favourite drink. Chili gives a delicious kick and increases the effect of cacao. Maca powder gives a nutty/milky taste to your drink and energy throughout the day. Some say it also increases your libido ;-).
Blend into a frothy drink: for a special final tough use a blender or whisker to dissolve the cacao even better and create a frothy drink. The Nahuatl, Maya and Aztecs used to pour cacao drinks from vase to vase until foam appeared or used a molinillo (whisker).
Strain a tea: if you use fresh ingredients like turmeric, ginger, anise and clove, first make a tea and then strain it to avoid chunks before mixing in the cacao paste.
Pure cacao drinks give focus for work and stimulate creativity. A nice alternative for coffee.
Cacao Shot: blend 15gr cacao in 125ml hot water with a pinch of chili.
Cacaopuccino: pour foamed oat/nut milk over a 75ml cacao shot.
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.
There are many more delicious uses. Add cacao shavings to your breakfast with yogurt, fruits, nuts, oatmeal or smoothie. Grate cacao on top of your cappuccino or cocktail. If you're a bit more adventurous make your own chocolate!
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.
Avoid using cow milk. It blocks the active substances in cacao. Use oat or almond milk instead if you want to make a 'chocolate milk'.
Drink enough water. Cacao is slightly dehydrating. In general, always drink enough water ;-).