Serve the best hot chocolate you can find, such as Recchiuti's Dark Hot Chocolate (6-8 servings/12 ounces). Made of the highest-quality blend of pure chocolate, Recchiuti's Dark Hot Chocolate is sold in chocolate pistoles (small pieces) rather than powder, allowing the chocolate to melt into a smooth, rich quaff when hot water is added.
Serve your hot chocolate in small, four- to six-ounce portions. For the fastest, frothiest results, Michael Recchiuti suggests using an espresso steamer to heat and blend the chocolate and water. Alternatively, you can blend chocolate with hot water using an immersion blender or whisk. Keep warm over a double boiler.
Serve them 3 parts hot chocolate to one part spirit.
Set out garnishes for guests to embellish at will--vanilla flavored creme fraiche, loose whipped cream, cinnamon sticks--even grown-up marshmallows, such as Recchiuti’s fresh Vanilla Bean Marshmallows.