5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Tips Courtesy of Gary Durrant.

Happy Monday.

The weekend soon came around and went by so quickly again!

 Hot chocolate season is approaching!

It’s time to wrap up and get cosy, and what better than with a steaming mug of creamy hot chocolate on a chilly January evening.
Hunter 486 restaurant, located within five-star boutique hotel The Arch London, makes a mean hot chocolate. So Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486, has shared his top tips on how you can instantly upgrade your hot chocolate game this winter.

How nice!

 5 Tips to Make the Ultimate Hot Chocolate:

1. Ditch The Kettle:

Replacing boiling water with hot whole milk is a better alternative. A splash of single cream at the end can give it an even creamier and smoother finish.

2. Use Good Quality Chocolate:

Use grated real chocolate (I recommend 70% cocoa solids) instead of powder to give it a more intense flavour. You will need to add sugar to taste to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate.

3.) Don’t Add It All At Once:

Mix the grated chocolate with a small amount of milk to create a paste. If you gradually add the rest of the milk to the paste while simultaneously stirring you will find the hot chocolate is a lot smoother.

4.) Spice Things Up:

When it comes to spices, a winter favourite is cinnamon. However, you can always mix things up by adding cardamom and orange instead.

5.) Add A Tipple:

The addition of spirits and liquors can turn it into an adult guilty pleasure. Baileys, Disaronno and Cointreau all work well in a hot chocolate.

Tips Courtesy of Gary Durrant, The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD.

What do you think of these hot chocolate tips?

Fancy trying them?

Do you have any hot drink tips you would like to share?

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Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.


  1. Tamar SB
    January 8, 2018 / 10:13 am

    I haven't had hot cocoa in ages!!Thanks for linking up (:

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 15, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Tamar 🙂

  2. Carol @Comfort Spring Station
    January 8, 2018 / 10:59 am

    I used to love hot cocoa as a child. Haven't had it in decades, but you make me want it again. #MMBC

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 11:48 am

      Thanks for stopping by Carol 🙂

  3. Kim Carberry
    January 8, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Yum! My girls and I do love hot chocolate at this time of year. Great tips! #MMBC

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 11:48 am

      Thanks for the comment Kim 🙂

  4. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    January 8, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Yum! this looks so good!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 11:51 am

      I love making different hot chocolates up Heather 🙂

  5. Sheltie Times
    January 10, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    I haven't had "fresh" cocoa in years. I've been using the packaged flavored versions mint and raspberry and they do fill a winter need.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 11:52 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Blowing Away Out West
    January 10, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Grown up hot chocolate! Thanks for the great tips

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 11:52 am

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  7. Debbie Roberts - Debs Random Writings
    January 11, 2018 / 4:38 am

    Hi Claire, I'm a bit of an oddity, I love chocolate, but am not keen on hot chocolate. Saying that though my daughter is. When I do make it for the family, which isn't very often I do use good chocolate, milk and cream, I never though to grate the chocolate though, which would so cut the 'cooking' time!… The addition of a couple of After Eight mints adds a subtle minty taste, which even I sort of enjoyed.Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.xx

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by Debbie, whoo the after eight mints sound yummy. I must try it 🙂

  8. molly
    January 11, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    That looks SO goodMollyx

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Thanks for the comment Molly.

  9. Cindy D.
    January 13, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    It is the perfect time of the year for some hot chocolate! Thank you for your tips on making yummy hot chocolate. I think I like milk instead of water, too. Thank you for these tips!- Natalie A.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks for the comment and stopping by 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      I love cinnamon 🙂

  10. Mother of 3
    January 15, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Why have I never thought to put cinnamon in my hot cocoa?! I love both of those flavors and I would love them together. Great tips!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      January 17, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    January 20, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    We love hot chocolate here. Must try some of these tips. Thanks.

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