Spicy Hot Cocoa

This spicy hot cocoa is a MUST during winter days! Not only because it will keep you warm, but also it is ideal for your health. Here's why

This spicy hot cocoa recipe is a MUST during winter days! Not only because it will keep you warm, but also because it is suitable for your health during this harsh weather. And let me explain you why. Cayenne pepper has been linked to many health benefits, but talking exclusively about wintertime, this spice can stimulate blood flow (1). By doing this effect, cayenne pepper helps nutrients get into organs like the skin. And whose skin does not suffer during the cold, right?. Plus, the capsaicin in this type of pepper will keep your body warm, helping experience less pain in the joints and bones (2, 3).

On the other side, this recipe contains another stellar ingredient: cocoa, which is packed with mood-elevating benefits (ideal for wintertime) and anti-inflammatory flavonoids (4).

So, now that you know why consuming cocoa and cayenne pepper is good for you during cold days, let us dive into the Spicy Hot Cocoa Ayurvedic Recipe. Shall we?

The ingredients for the spicy hot cocoa are the following:

  • Milk: here, you have many options. The best one, by far, is the raw whole milk. It can be cows, sheep, or goats. To find raw milk near your home, please visit some local stores and farmer’s markets or search for milk production farms nearby. Also, here is a website where you can find raw. The second best option is whole milk, pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized). The best non-dairy option is natural coconut milk.
  • Cacao: Buy organic and only cacao (no added ingredients). The brand I like the most is this one. 
  • Cayenne pepper: This is the ingredient that gives the spiciness. Even though cayenne pepper can be great for health, it is a nightshade, so people with autoimmune diseases might be better off skipping it.
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt.
  • Sweetener: you can use any sweetener of your choice. I like maple syrup and use monkfruit when I prefer a sugar-free drink. 

In terms of equipment, you will need something to heat the milk and a stirring device. 

Spicy Hot Cocoa

Spicy Hot Cocoa

Recipe by Pia SegoviaCourse: beverages


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  • 2 cup of raw milk

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/3 cups powder cocoa

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 cardamom, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, coconut sugar, raw sugar or calorie free sweetener such as stevia or monk fruit (1 tsp)


  • Mix all the spices.
  • Place ingredients (except maple syrup) in a medium saucepan.
  • Whisk together.
  • Bring to a simmer, frequently stirring for 8 minutes.
  • Add maple or sugar to taste.
  • Serve warm.
  • Garnish with a mini pinch of cayenne pepper.

Recipe Video


  • The best option for milk is raw, whole.

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