Rob Kingsbury: Today, we are making a delicious lavender and pistachio infused hot chocolate. I already have nice whole milk preheated here, but you can use any kind of milk you want. You can use whatever type of chocolate you want in this. I am using a nice semi-sweet today which I think is a nice standard hot chocolate for most people to enjoy.
To make this lavender and pistachio infused hot chocolate we are going to put 12 ounces of hot milk right into my measuring cup. 12 ounces is a cup and a half and then from there, going to be sprinkling one teaspoon about lavender buds. And then I would like to let this steep for about two minutes.
A nice way to keep all the wonderful floral aromas into the milk is just put a piece of saran wrap over the top of that. So while that is steeping I am going to go ahead and chop up my pistachios, quick and easy way is just to take your pistachio nuts and put it into your coffee grinder. That's a couple of quick tosses on this and we will have some ground pistachios.
And for this recipe I am using salt-roasted pistachios because I love the blend of salt and chocolate together. So our milk is in-steeped and infused with lavender and I am going to strain this directly into my serving cup. This will just hold the buds from getting mixed into the rest of this, and then to that I am going to add one cup of chocolate shavings and whisk away.
And when you get a nice froth on the top, you know your chocolate is well-blended. A nice scoop of fresh whipped cream goes on the top and then over the top of that, I am going to sprinkle my pistachio nuts.
Besides being a really interesting flavor combination with like the floral tones of the lavender and the salt-roasted pistachio, it's a beautiful, beautiful cup of hot chocolate to enjoy as well.