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Boozy hot cocoa is the best way to warm up this winter
Hot cocoa blends well with a variety of spirits, because chocolate.
What’s better in the cold winter months than snuggling up under a blanket with a big cup of hot chocolate? Why, a cup of hot chocolate that’s been spiked with some booze, of course. You can make hot chocolate with any number of recipes, but we’re providing you our favorite: spicy, dark, warm, and a little sweet, this tequila-scented hot chocolate is exactly right.
There are plenty of ways to make hot chocolate boozy, including simply throwing a dollop of Frangelico or Baileys into a cup of hot chocolate mix. We’re not going to lie: this simple, easy method is one of our favorite ways to make an on-the-go drink for taking to parks or to outdoor winter events. It may not be fancy, but it’s quick and tasty, and a definite crowd-pleaser.
Hot cocoa also blends well with red wine, rum, or vanilla vodka, although we don’t recommend using those three together.
Click here for the Tequila Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe.
How to Make Parisian Hot Chocolate?
We all need a special treat every now and then. Why not make that special treat a big mug full of rich Parisian hot chocolate? With our recipe, just one sip is going to make you swoon. It may just be the best thing that you have ever tried. You wanna know how to make Hot Chocolate?
“special treat a big mug full of rich Parisian hot chocolate”
Parisian hot chocolate varies from regular hot chocolate in its decadence. It is more rich, more chocolatey and more incredible than any other hot chocolate out there. Making hot chocolate using whole milk and cream is one reason why this hot cocoa is so rich. The delicious fats in the milk make it thick and creamy. Dark chocolate is also a culprit in the opulence of this drink. Try to use a high end, very dark chocolate if possible. We like to use chocolate that is labeled as 70% cocoa or higher. The higher the cocoa percent, the more chocolate taste your coco will have!
Espresso powder and vanilla extract are added in to help make the cocoa taste even more rich. Both ingredients highlight the chocolate, making it more flavorful. If you don’t have vanilla or espresso powder, you can skip them both and your Parisian hot chocolate will still be fantastic- we promise!
This hot chocolate recipe is the perfect example of a non-alcoholic drink that will instantly put a smile on your face. Enjoy a warm cup on a cold night and you will instantly feel comforted and happy. Enjoy!
Yes, you read that right: This drink by The Well Floured Kitchen is not only spiked with tequila, but it’s also frozen, so it’s best enjoyed on an abnormally warm fall day. We suggest you break these babies out at your next holiday party—you’re sure to instantly win your guests over.
This warm winter treat by Ex Sloth is piping hot—and if you have 10 minutes, you have time to concoct this rich drink. You might expect the dark chocolate flavor, but you’ll be (pleasantly) surprised by the jalapeno lime salt and walnuts.
- 2 (13.5-oz.) cans light coconut milk
- 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup peppermint schnapps
- Peppermint sticks and miniature marshmallows (optional)
- Calories 185
- Fat 6.5g
- Satfat 5g
- Monofat 0.3g
- Polyfat 0.0g
- Protein 5g
- Carbohydrate 27g
- Fiber 3g
- Cholesterol 5mg
- Iron 1mg
- Sodium 66mg
- Calcium 74mg
- Sugars 19g
- Est. added sugars 16g
When you really want to cut to the chase for a night of drinking, vodka is the answer. With this vodka hot chocolate recipe, a shot of coffee vodka and a shot of vanilla vodka are the answers. Don't let the sweetness of the flavored vodka fool you, it packs a real punch.
#SpoonTip: Make this recipe in a mason jar by adding all of the ingredients, screw on the lid, and shake.
Take Hot Chocolate to the Next Level
It’s getting cold and your table might be outside. Here are ways to warm up with adult versions of winter’s favorite drink.
With the days growing colder and al fresco dining still the norm, bars and restaurants are likely to offer more hot cocktails on their menus. One cold-weather treat is spiked hot chocolate — a drink just as warming when made at home.
For David Kaplan, co-founder of the bar group Death & Co, sipping hot cocoa brings him back to his childhood in Jackson Hole, Wyo. “You get off the mountain after a day of skiing and have a hot chocolate and comfort food to bring you back to life,” said Mr. Kaplan, who in those days drank strictly Swiss Miss.
The boozy version, he said, “is one of those things that’s so fun because there’s still a slight level of sophistication while being completely comfortable and nostalgic. The sophistication comes with how geeky you are with the chocolate and how it’s prepared.”
Will Talbott, bar manager at the Standard High Line hotel prefers to use Valrhona, a premium French chocolate. The 66-percent dark chocolate pellets he uses are “bitter but not too bitter, sweet but not too sweet,” he said.
Brad Thomas Parsons, the author of several spirits books, likes to add a splash of Braulio, an amaro made in the Italian Alps. The liqueur’s “warming aromatics and distinctive taste instantly evokes an après ski sensation,” Mr. Parsons wrote in an email.
Below, Mr. Kaplan, Mr. Talbott and Mr. Parsons share their favorite recipes for a boozy hot chocolate. Don’t forget the whipped cream.
Yield: 1 drink, with ganache left for many more
1 ounce Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal
0.5 ounces Clear Creek Pear Brandy
1 teaspoon Green Chartreuse
0.5 ounces Demerara sugar syrup
1 heaping tablespoon ganache
Temper spirits and syrup in a mixing tin or metal bar shaker inside a mixing glass full of hot (or boiling) water. Once tempered, combine in a glass with ganache, top with 5 ounces hot milk and gently stir.
Garnish: Whipped cream, grated cinnamon, cocoa powder
For the ganache:
Bring cream to a boil, pour over chocolate and allow to rest for two minutes. Using a whisk, start in the center of the bowl and gently stir. Be gentle or it will get gritty, and be patient, it will eventually come together and get smooth. Keep covered at room temperature.
What Makes A Spiked Hot Chocolate So Delicious?
I remember taking a sip of my first spiked hot chocolate . I was spending the day at a ski lodge with friends and someone handed me the perfectly sized glass mug full of piping hot chocolate, Kahlua, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles—all topped off with a drizzle of homemade chocolate syrup. YUM! Hence began my love affair with creating alcoholic hot chocolate recipes for my friends during the holidays. In fact, when November rolls around, the messages asking for recipes will start. So, I thought I’d share all of the delicious ways to add a little flair to any spirited drink!
Check this out: I made a batch of boozy hot chocolate for last year’s Christmas party and it was an absolute hit! Why? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I added one super-special ingredient. Drum roll please… the secret ingredient was Super Youth Chocolate Cake collagen. My friends and coworkers were more than grateful to know that while they were sipping on their mugs of creamy, rich hot cocoa goodness, they were also reaping major beauty and health benefits of collagen.
Super Youth Chocolate Cake collagen makes a great mix-in—not only for an extra boost of sweet chocolate flavor but for the added health benefits, including:
- Healthier, younger-looking skin: Collagen helps to rebuild aging cells so that your skin feels firmer, more hydrated, and elastic. Studies show that collagen is shown to reduce eye and face wrinkles. (1)
- Improved gut health: Collagen peptides have been proven to help regulate gut bacteria, the immune system, and the gastrointestinal tract. They’ve also been shown to play a preventive and therapeutic role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) . (2)
- Improved joint health:Studies show that collagen is great for improving bone and joint health . Collagen is absorbed by joint tissues, which helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Studies of people with arthritis show that it can help improve mobility and decrease pain. (3)
What kind of liquor is good in hot chocolate?
Who doesn’t love a cup of creamy, chocolatey hot chocolate? How about taking it one step further and adding a splash of your favorite liquor? Ta-da! Now you’ve got a hot chocolate that will have everyone asking for another round.
What’s the best liquor to add to hot chocolate? The answer is… almost anything (except for tequila, in my opinion). Go check out what you have in your cabinets and get creative! Your road to creating the best alcoholic hot chocolate starts now!
- Red wine: Calling all red wine fans. You can have your wine and chocolate and drink it too! Did you know that red wine and hot chocolate make for a surprisingly balanced drink? I know, I know. Heaven on earth does exist. For a lighter taste, experiment with fruity wines, like a raspberry or strawberry wine. If you’re more of a merlot or cabernet sauvignon type of gal, go for drier hot cocoa. Top with your favorite mix-ins and dash through the snow!
- Coffee liqueur: Looking for an extra kick of caffeine? Drizzle in some Kahlua or other coffee liqueur for comforting hot cocoa. ‘Tis the season!
- Peppermint schnapps: I’m a big fan of a peppermint and chocolate combo and this makes a fantastic happy hour special… at any hour of the day. Hey, I won’t judge you if you twist this into a peppermint schnapps hot chocolate-mocha hybrid!
Best toppings for hot chocolate
If you’re planning a holiday get together, don’t forget the booze. Or the toppings! The worst thing is being stuck in a cabin without booze and fun toppings for cocktails. Toppings will put your drink over the top and have everyone crowding around with their phones to get the best picture of your hand warming, heartwarming cocktail.
Before we get into my best spiked hot chocolate recipe, here are some fun mix-ins that you can experiment with and give your drink some pizazz.
- Mini Marshmallows
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate Chips
- Cocoa Powder
- Brown Sugar
- Ice Cream
- Andes Mint Chips
- Coconut Shavings
- Cayenne Pepper
- Candy Canes
- Cocoa Puff cereal
- Chocolate and Rainbow Sprinkles
- Hot Tamales
- Peanut Butter
Bonus points if you use a topping not listed here. Get creative! That’s what these recipes are all about.
In a small sauce pan over low-to-medium heat, add milk,
1/3 cup chocolate chips, cocoa powder,
Stir frequently until it just starts to bubble and chocolate has melted.
Add vodka to hot chocolate mixture.
In a small bowl, add remaining chocolate chips and microwave for about 20 seconds and stir to melt.
Spoon melted chocolate into snack Ziploc, cutting a small tip from corner.
In two glass mugs, pipe the melted chocolate along the inside glass.
Split the hot chocolate mixture between the two mugs.
Gently pour ¼ cup heavy whipping cream onto the top of each hot chocolate.
Top with 1 tbsp Bailey’s salted caramel.
Garnish with mini marshmallows,
chocolate sauce, and chocolate shavings.
White Hot Chocolate
Though not really chocolate in the technical sense (as it doesn’t contain cocoa solids), white chocolate still makes for a belovedly creamy confection, whether in solid or liquid form. If you’d rather go without the depth of milk or dark chocolate, try this recipe, which gets much of its flavor from sweetened condensed milk, and its alcoholic content from vanilla vodka.
Boozy Hot Chocolate
When the weather’s cold and you need a warming pick-me-up, nothing beats a good hot chocolate. Except, of course, a Boozy Hot Chocolate. Adding a dose of liquor to your mug creates a rich, satisfying cocktail that’s perfect for enjoying after a long day on the ski slopes or as a decadent after-dinner treat.
The drink combines semisweet chocolate, milk, marshmallows and the spirit of your choice and is easy to make, even if you don’t know a shaker from a strainer (with this recipe, you require neither.)
The best thing about the Boozy Hot Chocolate is that it’s endlessly customizable. It’s a real winner at parties, where you can lay out various ingredients and let your guests choose their own adventure. Different chocolates will produce different tasting drinks just be sure to choose a chocolate that will melt smoothly in your mug. The milk is also up to you—choose whole milk for a richer drink, and lower-fat milk for a lighter beverage. Those same principles apply to the spirits, too.
If you want to spike yours with whiskey, go for it. If someone would rather use rum, no problem: Break out the rum. And if another person prefers añejo tequila or brandy, great, both spirits make a fine drink. There are no rules here, but aged spirits tend to work best. Neutral vodka, biting London dry gin or grassy agricole rhums can disrupt the rich blend of chocolate and milk.
The Boozy Hot Chocolate is simple to construct and it goes down easy, no matter the route you go. And you don’t need to wait for a party to enjoy one. If the craving strikes for something sweet and spiked, build yourself a tasty fireside nightcap before settling into your favorite chair. You deserve it.