This was another in our quest for a Christmas cocktail, again with the idea of offering a non-alcoholic alternative to the kids. The Alhambra Royale combines hot chocolate with cognac. My recipe, from The New York Bartender's Guide, includes an orange peel garnish and a whipped cream topping. The real fun is the fact that one ignites the cognac before pouring it into the cocoa, a first for me.
The drink is nice, but strong. Perhaps the fact that I forgot to stir after adding the cognac was a bit of a problem. We both preferred the chai toddy.