The Aztecs said drinking cacahuatl gives you strength. This is probably a mistranslation of some sort--what they really meant was it takes considerable strength just to choke it down.
- Gather together your closest friends and family and hope they talk you out of this. Abandon hope all ye who continue.
- Into a small saucepan waste the following ingredients that you could be using to make something else:
- 16 ounces of water
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 stick of cinnamon, broken in half
- 2 dried hot chilies, crushed
- Bring to a boil. It will start to give off a pungent aroma, something akin to chocolate cake mixed with the smell of death. If you've done it correctly, it burns as you breath it in.
- Once it bubbles up, remove from heat. Allow to cool then return to heat. Repeat three times. This is supposed to improve the flavor, meaning it's actually worse if you don't. Fear that this could be true ensures that I stick to this tradition.
- Decant into a mug (pour; leaving the solid stuff behind). Allow to cool completely before serving. Turn back now while there's still time.
So, despite my warning to the contrary, this is actually worth trying if you have any sense of culinary adventurousness. It's not going to be something I drink frequently, but it may be something I make again--even if it is only to serve to the unsuspecting.