According to this beautiful calendar created by the Myans:
Different experts have weighed in on the meaning of this and while most have agreed this is just the end of a calendar, other predictions include the end of civilization as we know it, as well as an interpretation that December 21st marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation.
Whatever the case, we hope you still planned ahead and bought Christmas presents this year as well as somethin’ sassy to wear on New Year’s Eve.
We do feel it’s only right to pay homage to the Myan culture in the best way we know how: by serving up a seasonally appropriate alcoholic beverage to honor this day! If you’re throwing an ‘End of the World’ party, this drink is perfect to whip up in a big batch for your guests.
We’ve made a delicious ‘Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate’ we found on Serious Eats.
The recipe is so good that we’d even bet you wouldn’t be so disappointed if this was your very last drink on this earth!
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups 2% milk
6 cinnamon sticks
1 whole dried ancho chile pod, split
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
5 ounces Mezcal (if you don’t have Mezcal, then aged rum or tequilla is great too)
Chile powder, cocoa nib, and/or dark chocolate shavings for garnish
In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, 2 cinnamon sticks, ancho chile, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture. Simmer over low heat, whisking occasionally, until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Carefully drain and discard chile and cinnamon sticks
Return to pot and add mezcal. Heat through. Using a whisk, beat chocolate until foamy, then divide into four glasses. Garnish with chile powder, cocoa nib (or chocolate shavings), and a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.
Photograph by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt