Chocolate de Agua Recipe (Non-Dairy Cocoa) is a spiced, aromatic, comforting, and light beverage, perfect for those cool mornings and nights. Love in a cup.
Like many of our dishes, I bet Chocolate de Agua Recipe (Non-Dairy Cocoa) was invented as an inexpensive alternative to popular dishes. Because at one point or another, we've all been there.
He or she who has plenty of time and all the ingredients his/her heart desires isn't necessarily the best cook. Bow, instead, before our ancestors, the ones who were capable of producing a decent-tasting dish --or drink-- with a nearly-empty cupboard.
Many a Dominican has been known for pulling off whole meals out of hat, even when the fridge looked, as Dominicans say, 'como el Teatro Agua y Luz' (like the Light and Water Theater). "Necessity is the mother of invention" and nowhere is this truer than in the kitchen. And strange enough, food seems to taste better when cooked under less-than-favorable budgetary conditions.
Or as my father wisely puts it, "hunger is the best seasoning".
And when it comes to stretching budgets nothing satisfies like a delicious cup of chocolate de agua dominicano, long ago a breakfast or dinner budget drink, now we drink it for comfort and for its delicious taste.
About our recipe
This is a very simple drink, with a small list of ingredients. The only difference you'll find between the way home cooks make this is the amount and variety of spices in it. This is really a foolproof recipe.
And check these other Dominican hot drink recipes that you'll love too.
Chocolate de Agua - Recipe & Video (Non Dairy Cocoa)
- 2 qt water
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- A pinch of nutmeg
- A pinch of salt
- 2 baking chocolate bars or 2 cups of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 cup sugar
Combining ingredients: Mix water, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
Boiling: Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer until 1/3 of the liquid has evaporated. Add chocolate (or cocoa) and stir until the chocolate has dissolved. Add sugar to taste.
Serving: Sieve to remove solids and serve hot.