Here’s a delicious modern adaptation you can try at home:
1 pint (568ml) whole milk
100g plain chocolate (over 80% cocoa solids)
1 tablespoon honey (or sugar)
2 dried chillies (whole)
1 cinnamon stick (halved)
1 vanilla pod (crushed)
Finely chop the plain chocolate and put to one side.
To a saucepan add the milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and chillies.
Bring to the boil, then turn off and leave for 5 minutes to infuse.
Remove the cinnamon, vanilla and chilli from the milk mixture.
While the milk is still warm, add the chocolate and whisk heavily until the chocolate is dissolved and there is froth on top.
Serve in a wide-bottomed cup and enjoy!