1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes, make sure to continuously stir otherwise your mix may scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until hot, but do not boil, otherwise you will scald the milk. Add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add cream to the drink or you can add whip cream on top!
You can also add cinnamon and cayenne pepper, but make sure you do just a pinch!