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The drinking chocolate elixirs at Kakawa are one of our most famous and popular items. These elixirs are deep, rich drinking chocolates based on recipes we have recreated from historical sources. They have been described as a kind of "time traveling" for the palette, and range from pre- Colombian drinking chocolate to colonial American drinking chocolate as well as delicious contemporary elixir creations.
We first re-created several elixirs based upon the chocolate that was consumed in pre-Colombian America. These exceptional drinks were reserved for the powerful elite and for special ceremonies (Cortez, for example, drank chocolate with Montezuma when he first arrived in Tenochtitlan). These elixirs are full of intense flavor, highly spiced with a wide variety of native herbs, flowers, and chilis.
We then recreated the many varieties of drinking chocolate that evolved as the beverage gained popularity in Europe. These elixirs include the wide variety that evolved between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries in the Old World. These include highly perfumed royal concoctions such as the Marie Antoinette, Italian Citrus and French Lavender.
Finally, we recreated the later versions of drinking chocolate once it returned to the Americas. This includes the sweeter and rustic Jeffersonian drinking chocolate, drawn from Thomas Jefferson's own recipe.
In addition to these historical recipes, we have created our own, original drinking elixirs, including Kakawa's American, Modern Mexican, Havana Rum, Salem Spice, Golden Chocolate and Tzul. Tzul the Mayan word for dog is our donation blend. Named Tzul because we make a donation to the Santa Fe Humane Society and Animal Shelter with every single cup and bag sold.
Each and every one of our elixirs is made by blending high quality chocolate with the finest herbs and spices available. We sell the elixirs to drink in our shop, and we also sell them packaged in a dry granulated form, which can be used to make the our drinking chocolate elixirs at home.
All our elixirs are Gluten Free and 16 of 18 blends are also Dairy Free and Vegan with the exception of the Tzul (contains a blend with milk chocolate) and Salem Spice (contains White Chocolate & Dairy).