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Hot Blueberry Mocha, made with homemade blueberry and chocolate syrup.
For the blueberry syrup: Place the blueberries in a blender and puree until smooth. You may need to add a tablespoon of water to the blender if using fresh blueberries. Place the pureed blueberries and the sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Now pour the mixture into a container through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pulp and seeds. Store the syrup covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For the chocolate syrup: Place the water, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to cook until thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour into a container, allow to cool, and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For the assembly: Brew 2 cups of coffee. Add 1-2 tablespoons of blueberry syrup in the bottom of 2 mugs then add 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup on top of that. Pour 1 cup of hot coffee over the syrup and stir to combine. Top with whipped cream as desired.
Tastes indulgent, but your waistline will thank you! This hot chocolate is so versatile. Omit the cinnamon for your standard variety, omit the whipped cream for dairy-free, or add coffee liqueur for a festive cold-weather cocktail.
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