In the sacred groves of the Mayan lands, where the cacao trees grew in abundance, the ancient Mayans crafted a drink that was said to be favored by the gods. This elixir, known as the Mayan Drinking Cacao, was more than just a beverage; it was a ritual, a celebration of the divine fruit of the cacao tree. As the sun set, the air filled with the rich aroma of cacao, blended with exotic spices, creating a drink that was both spiritual and indulgent.
2 cups water
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
A pinch of cayenne pepper (to taste)
A pinch of sea salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
In a small pot, bring water to a gentle simmer.
Add the raw cacao powder to the simmering water, whisking continuously to ensure there are no lumps.
Stir in the honey, ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of sea salt. Continue to whisk until all ingredients are well combined.
Simmer the mixture for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. If desired, add a hint of vanilla extract for an extra layer of flavor.
Serve the drink warm in small cups or clay mugs.
Healing Properties: Cacao is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which promote heart health and reduce inflammation. The combination of cinnamon and cayenne pepper stimulates digestion and boosts metabolism, while honey adds natural sweetness and has antibacterial properties.