Drink Your Dessert: Alie & Georgia’s Mexican Hot Chocolate Cocktail

06/12/2014 at 04:29 PM ET

Alie & Georgia's Mexican Hot Chocolate Cocktail
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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit PEOPLE.com every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

When you’re a hunky dreamboat of an actor who’s landed on the cover of magazines and appeared shirtless in countless blockbuster movies, à la Armie Hammer, you probably don’t have to ponder difficult life decisions such as “What am I going to do Saturday night?” or “What if I can’t find a date for my cousin’s wedding?”

But even hunky dreamboats may be faced with the dilemma of “Should I have a nightcap or dessert, because I certainly can’t calorically afford to have both.” (You know, soul-searching questions.)

Mr. Hammer probably goes the dessert route when his wife bakes these Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownie Bites, and we would salute him heartily on that choice. However, on those nights when you can’t decide if you want a brownie or a cocktail, we offer up our Mexican Hot Chocolate Cocktail as an answer.

Now if only Armie could be our date to our cousin’s wedding, we’d have everything figured out.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cocktail
Makes 1

1 package hot chocolate
1 oz. cinnamon schnapps
¼-½ tsp. cayenne pepper

1. In a mug, make hot chocolate according to package specifications.

2. In a small glass, mix cinnamon schnapps and cayenne pepper until blended.

3. Add schnapps mix to hot chocolate mug and stir well to combine. Transfer to cocktail glass and add marshmallows if you’re feeling fancy.

4. Toast to a cocktail and dessert in one pretty glass.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Heide M on

Looks yummy, wish I had a sip.

Donna on

I’ve tried a similar recipe, but I used peppermint schnapps instead. It was fantastic! I’m not a fan of cinnamon.