Drinking Cacao Recipe
Cacao has traditionally held a central role in connecting with Pachamama, Community, & the Divine. We invite you with this cup to play & explore the endless connections Cacao can unfold for you. We invite in with this cup your curiosity and silliness to explore hidden parts of oneself not yet forged.
Our Cacao Recipe is an ally to assist you in opening up what we call "Silly Portals". Depending on your intent when using Cacao, we happily encourage you to blend your Cacao with special herb & spice mixes for various effects.
When making a Cacao drink, make sure you're using "Cacao Paste", not Powder, and double check that your paste has not been "defatted". Fats & Oils in the butter create a more potent, healthier drink, so make sure they're still there! Avoid processed sugars, drink warm, and be careful with how much you drink. "Ceremonial" Cacao is a more potent stimulant than store bought chocolate.
Gnome's Classic Cacao Drink
Ingredients for Cacao Drink:
Serves 2 - 6 fl oz doses
- 4tbsp Cacao Paste - Finely Chopped
- 12 fl oz Hot Water
- 1/4tsp Cinnamon Powder
- 1/4tsp Black Pepper - Fine
- Pinch Pink Salt
- Add Sweetener to taste (i.e. Honey)
How to make a Ceremonial Cacao Drink:
Add Cacao Paste & Spice
Add all ingredients into a large vessel that can hold 12 fl oz of hot liquids.
Add Hot Liquid(s)
Pour 12oz of hot water (~180°F or 63°C) right into the vessel.
Sweeten & Froth
Using a small immersion frother or standard blender, blend all the magic until smooth. Sweeten while hot. Injoy!
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Click the Questions below to see the answers!
A: Cacao is the natural state of the plant, cocoa is a highly processed form of cacao - simply put.
Cacao has many varietals, some that produce a better flavor than others.
Cocoa typically uses poor quality beans that are very bitter. By processing them with high heat, manufactures change the taste of the product to produce something "sweeter". Cocoa mixed with sugar & dairy is used in most chocolate items because the high heat process of cocoa makes it easier to mix into recipes. This heat process renders a lot of the nutrients in the original cacao inert, making cocoa mostly a flavorant of cacao.
Pure "Cacao" is potent, flavorful, and more nutritious than cocoa. Low heat is used in Cacao processing preserving the flavor, high fat count & nutrient density of the original bean. Cacao has a variable & unique flavor by batch and ultimately yields a Superfood product in the end! In this raw to semi-raw state Cacao is a strong stimulant! This is pure chocolate, no adulteration.
A: It represents the quality of bean, effects, & intention in using Cacao.
"Ceremonial" classifies a particular quality of bean used. These beans are usually raw or barely processed and contain high amounts of theobromine and anandamide that help to enhance the mood and energy of a partaker.
These enhanced moods can reach a state of euphoria where many people classify their experience as "opening" and "powerful" with moments of ecstasy, connection, and synchronicity with their surroundings.
People have chosen to gather around Cacao in "ceremony" to convene in a shared experience of this plant and these moving effects and thus giving this quality of bean the name "Ceremonial Cacao". Music, divination, and dance are often part of these types of celebrations.
A: Here are a few of our favorite ways of sparkling up our cacao drinks and turning them into Elixirs!
1.) KAVA KAVA
Add Kava Kava to a Cacao drink! Mix in our Kava Tincture or hand pressed Kava for a blissful and peaceful stimulation.
2.) BRONZE MILK
Add Turmeric, Ginger, & Black Pepper + a mylk of choice for an anti-inflammatory aid with a cheery boost! Try our CBD Turmeric Honey Blend for easy Bronze Milk making!
3.) HOT CACAO MILK PUNCH
Add mylk (oat is best), top shelf whisky, & fall spices to craft a warming spiked elixir for those cooler nights!
9 Key Ceremonial Cacao Drink Benefits
- Increases Energy Levels
- Loaded with Theobromine & Anandamide - "Bliss Molecules"
- Opens the Heart's Flow
- Improves Cognitive Function
- High in Antioxidants
- Suppresses Appetite
- Detoxifies the Body
- High in Magnesium, Zinc, & Potassium
- Improves Cholesterol