With the cold weather comes a slew of delicious holiday drinks. But, with so many options, how do we decide? To solve our dilemma we turned to a recipe from Eat Boutique that combines the best of our favorite holiday drinks - hot chocolate and chai lattes - to form the perfect pairing for an evening by the fireside. We served ours in Owl Mugs for an extra hoot!

Chai Hot Chocolate, Served in Owl Mugs

Recipe:

2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate cocoa powder

15 cardamon pods

14 whole allspice berries

1 cinnamon stick

11 whole cloves

2 star anise

1 vanilla bean, split in half

1 knob of fresh ginger, peeled and lightly smashed

4 tablespoons light brown sugar

Whipped cream for garnish
Directions:
Pour the whole milk into a large saucepan. Whisk cocoa powder into whole milk until smooth and lump free. Gently heat over low heat. Lightly crush the cardamon pods and allspice berries with your hands.  Toss into the milk mixture. Add rest of the ingredients, except the whipped cream. Stir and cook for eight minutes over very low heat. Turn off the heat and let steep for 60 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a smaller saucepan. Gently reheat. Pour into mugs and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Source: www.eatboutique.com