This chai hot chocolate is a decadent cup of smooth, melted dark chocolate, and milk steeped with chai spices. Top it with whipped cream for a cozy treat!
In a medium saucepan, combine the whole milk, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, cloves, allspice, and vanilla. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium/medium-high heat and simmer for 18-20 minutes, until milk is fragrant and has reduced a bit. Don't let the mixture boil and be careful to not let the milk burn on the bottom of the pan.
Strain milk through a fine mesh strainer and set aside in a bowl.
In the same saucepan, add the water and bring to a boil. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth and no lumps remain. Add the strained milk, dark chocolate, maple syrup, and salt and bring to a simmer. Whisk frequently, until mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted, 4-5 minutes.
Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and ground cardamom!