• 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 300 ml (½ pint) semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon golden granulated sugar
  • 4 squares plain dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons alcohol of your choice, such as brandy, rum or vodka
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate (plain dark, milk or white), grated, to serve

Pour the cornflour into a jug and mix in 1 tablespoon milk to make a smooth paste. Add 200 ml (7 fl oz) of the milk, the sugar, the chocolate and the alcohol.

Microwave the mixture on high (900 watts) for 2 minutes or heat in a pan on the hob. Pour the hot chocolate into a tall glass mug.

Heat the remaining milk and froth vigorously. Pour over the hot chocolate. Sprinkle over some grated chocolate and serve immediately.

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