When the weather outside is cold, snowy and blustery there is nothing better than curling up in front of the fire place with a nice cup of hot cocoa to keep you toasty from the inside out. I found the kava kava cocoa recipe from Rosalee de la Foret's website. I adapted it slightly for my own tastes so you can see the original recipe here: Kava Hot Cocoa. I really found this an enjoyable drink. When you're stuck inside with the rest of the family or roommates, it's best to keep spirits lifted and everyone cheerful to avoid any reenactments of "The Shining." This recipe is easy, simple and contains ingredients and tastes that everyone can find comfort in.
Why did a I choose Kava? I myself was feeling a bit down and my stomach a bit restless due to some recent stressors. I have a gut that likes to let me know when I need to relax. Kava is just one of those things that helps me step back and take a deep breath and have a good laugh without the need for alcohol. Kava kava (Piper methysticum) has a long history in the Pacific Islands as an intoxicating ceremonial drink. It is often drunk during social gatherings and prior to important discussions or negotions in order to relieve in pre-existing tension before conversation begins.