Barbajada (Milanese Hot Chocolate-Coffee Drink) Recipe

Barbajada (Milanese Hot Chocolate-Coffee Drink) Recipe

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Why choose between coffee and hot chocolate? The Milanese drink called barbajada is a frothy mix of the two, topped with whipped cream just for kicks.

Why It Works

  • Combining coffee and hot chocolate = maximum fun.
  • Whisking the mixture makes it extra frothy.
  • Yield:Makes 4 servings
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (3/4 ounce; 25g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (2 ounces; 55g)
  • 1 1/2 cups (355ml) milk
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) strong coffee or espresso
  • Whipped cream, for serving


  1. 1.

    In a medium bowl, stir together cocoa powder and sugar until thoroughly combined. In a medium saucepan, heat milk over moderate heat until steaming. Whisk in cocoa/sugar mixture along with coffee, whisking rapidly until hot and frothy. Divide into warmed mugs and top with whipped cream.