Gaviao: Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate

I originally shared a photo of a delicious cup of gaviao (or gabiao — who knows) in this blog post, but the picture I posted today on Instagram seems to have many of you wanting to try this drink that I love so much.

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I googled the recipe many times but could not find it anywhere so I’m sharing my mom’s recipe below. This drink might just be popular in Bonao, Dominican Republic, because not many people know about it, or they might call it differently. 

It’s traditionally made during Christmas time and I remember our neighbors gathering for aguinaldos and making this drink to share and celebrate. Pure joy. I hope you can make it this holiday season and share it with loved ones. Cheers!

Gaviao: Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate
Serves 4
A hot drink perfect for the Fall and Winter time. Popular in the Dominican Republic.
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  1. 6 1/2 cups of water
  2. 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  3. 6 Sweet Cloves
  4. 4 Allspice
  5. Ginger - small piece (add more if you want it more spicy, like me)
  6. Chocolate de Mesa Embajador - 6 pieces (Can substitute w/ Chocolate La Abuelita or TJ's Sipping Chocolate)
  7. A pinch of salt
  8. Sugar (Optional)
  9. 1 Tbsp. Maicena Corn Starch (Optional)
  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil over medium heat
  2. Add cinnamon, sweet cloves, allspice and ginger
  3. Let it boil until the spices release all of it's juices
  4. Add chocolate, a pinch of salt and sugar (this last one is optional)
  5. Stir until the chocolate has dissolved
  6. Dissolve the Maicena corn starch in 1/2 cup of water and then pour in the hot chocolate mixture
  7. Stir for a couple minutes y listo!
Cheers! Cristalia