Celebrate Spring With Lavender Hot Cocoa
Lavender Hot Cocoa
Lavender is a flowering plant of the mint family and has been used for centuries in the preparation of food either by itself or as an ingredient of Herbs de Province – an herb combination which captures the flavors of the sunny south of France.
Lavender delivers a floral, slightly sweet and elegant flavor. Given its versatility, and decadent flavor, we have decided to pair Lavender with our famous Hot Cocoa Mix to create a one of a kind flavor. Momo Cocoa's Lavender Cocoa Mix infuses an aromatic lavender flavor with our rich and creamy cocoa. The perfect summer blend. Try it iced, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or simply straight off the stove.
LAVENDER MOCHA RECIPE
This recipe works hot or cold, and is a hit at every farmers market we attend!
1 oz. Momo Cocoa Lavender Cocoa Mix
8 oz. milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
2 oz. cold brew coffee concentrate, espresso, or strong coffee
Whipped cream to taste
Add Momo Cocoa Lavender Cocoa to milk. Blend in blender or hand mix. Heat gently on stove if desired.
Add coffee to tall glass or mug.
Add blended Momo Cocoa Lavender Cocoa.
Whipped cream & sprinkled cocoa mix to taste.
A Brief History Of Lavender
The name lavender is derived from the Latin verb lavare —to wash. Believed to be indigenous to mountainous areas of the countries bordering the western European Mountainous region. The first American lavender plants made their way to America shortly after the first European settlers came ashore.
Made popular for its soothing and calming effects. Records date lavender use as far back as 2,500 years ago. The early uses of lavender were at least as numerous as today's, but they tended to be more of a medicinal nature. In the 1652 book The English Physician, Culpeper wrote, "two spoonfuls of the distilled water of the flowers taken helpeth them that have lost their voice; as also the trembling and passions of the heart, and faintings and swoonings."
The Uses Of Lavender
Lavender is generally grown commercially for extraction of its oil from its flowers. The oil is obtained through a steam based distillation process.
Lavender is known for its soothing qualities and has been used to treat hyperactivity, insomnia, headaches, toothaches, sore joints, and various digestive issues. It was also used to ward off diseases such as the plague and cholera. In 17th century London, people tied small bunches of lavender to their wrists to prevent deadly diseases.
In addition to the flowers many uses, Lavender oil is used as a disinfectant, an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory and for aromatherapy. An infusion of Lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites, sunburn and small cuts, burns and inflammatory conditions and even acne. Lavender oils are also used for internal medical conditions, among others indigestion and heartburn.
Lavender oil is said to soothe headaches, migraines and motion sickness when applied to the temples. It is frequently used as an aid to sleep and relaxation.
Dried Lavender flowers are used extensively as fragrant herbal filler inside sachets - to freshen linens, closets and drawers. As an air spray, it is used to freshen in practically any room. Dried lavender flowers have also become popular for use at weddings as decoration, gifts and as confetti for tossing over the newlyweds.