Spicy Drinking Chocolate with Rose Water

Spicy Drinking Chocolate with Rosewater | Wheat-Free Meat- Free

Some kind friends gave us drinking chocolate last Christmas. It had some chile pepper for heat (I don’t recall which kind), but was also flavored with rose. A few weeks ago, I was fiddling with a Mexican hot chocolate recipe, but it was missing that little extra bit that makes it interesting. Then I remembered the rose flavor from the drinking chocolate. Problem solved.

While I list this in the “Drinks” section, it could just as easily be categorized as a dessert. It is very rich.

Spicy Drinking Chocolate with Rose Water

  • 8 ounces water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao), finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water
  1. Put the water, cinnamon, cayenne, and a very small pinch of salt in a small pot. Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the chocolate. Whisk vigorously, until the chocolate is melted and slightly frothy. Remove from heat and whisk in the rose water. Divide between two mugs.

Serves 2

How to Make Spicy Drinking Chocolate

Rose water is just what it sounds like: water that has been infused with roses. It is commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking, particularly desserts. Look for it with Middle Eastern food at your grocery store, or at an international grocery store. I know some people don’t like it. They feel like they’re drinking perfume. You can leave it out — the chocolate will be plenty delicious with just the cinnamon and cayenne.

This recipe is being shared in Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free WednesdayGluten Free Fridays, and Corn-Free Everyday.

Looking for More Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes?

Take a look at my book, The Wheat-Free Meat-Free Cookbook: 100 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes.

A sampling of the recipes included:
  • Breakfasts: Cinnamon Quinoa Muffins, Yeasted Waffles, Gooey Butter Cake,
  • Sides: Patatas Bravas, Pea and New Potato Salad, Braised Celery,
  • Mains: Corn Waffle Sandwiches, Enchiladas with Green Sauce, Pesto Asparagus Galette, and
  • Desserts: Blueberry Mango Crisp, Baklava Rolls, Amaretto Cake.

You can see the full recipe list on the Amazon page.


  1. The rose water makes it sound so exotic!

  2. Hi, I saw this on Gluten Free Fridays and I just had to stop by and see your recipe. My kids look for hot chocolate whenever they come in from snow shoveling. What a wonderful treat! Thanks.

  3. This is a great recipe! I’d love it if you would share it on my new corn-free link party. http://www.creatingsilverlinings.com/corn-free-everyday-feb-15-2015/

  4. vegetarianmamma (Cindy) says

    This looks heavenly! Thanks for linking up, I pinned this!


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