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From my upcoming book, REAL JUICE DAILY:


This alcohol optional lift is nutritious & delicious as a chocolate cocktail or can be heated as a comforting hot chocolate toddy for cold winter nights by the fire.

1 cup water

1/2 cup hazelnuts

2 Tbsp. Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp. Agave Nectar (I use less)

½ tsp. Raw Vanilla Powder or 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Grated Cacao Butter

Pinch of Salt

1 tbsp Raw Cacao Nibs

1 oz. Organic Vodka (optional)

small nibs for garnish


In a high speed blender, mix water and the soaked hazelnuts until smooth, strain to make a thick milky cream. You can add a bit more water if it’s too thick. Add the cacao powder, agave nectar, vanilla, cacao butter, salt and vodka, if using, and blend again until well incorporated.

Serving options:

Pour into a cocktail shaker, shaking with ice, serving in a martini glass with nibs for garnish. Or gently heat in a sauce pan on low until nicely warmed.


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Taken on December 17, 2008