The Ultimate Guide To Boozy Hot Chocolate

Sure, hot chocolate is good on it's own — yes, even the instant kind. But if you're looking to spice things up this winter, there are plenty of add-ins that will take your cocoa from good to FANTASTIC. The main one? Booze, of course! If you can mix tea or coffee with alcohol, then why not hot chocolate, too?!

These six takes on hot chocolate feature liquor, spices, and other flavors that will transform regular old cocoa into a classy holiday cocktail. And like any childhood cup of hot chocolate, we highly recommend finishing off your mug with a few marshmallows (homemade makes all the difference) and/or a large dollop of (also homemade!) whipped cream.

1. Hot chocolate + peppermint schnapps + crushed candy cane = Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Add 2-3 ounces of schnapps per mug, then sprinkle crushed candy cane pieces atop marshmallows or whipped cream. Need a stirrer? Use a candy cane!

2. Hot Chocolate + Coffee Liqueur = Boozy Mocha Hot Chocolate

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Add 2-3 ounces of coffee liqueur per mug. Then garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream and chocolate sauce!

3. Hot chocolate + brandy + ground cinnamon + ground cayenne pepper = Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Add 2-3 ounces brandy per mug and ground cinnamon and ground cayenne pepper to taste. (We suggest started with just a tiny pinch of cayenne. A little goes a long way!) Garnish with a cinnamon stick stirrer.

4. Hot chocolate + orange liqueur + orange zest = Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate

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Add 2-3 ounces orange liqueur per mug, plus a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice, if desired. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows and fresh orange zest.

5. Hot Chocolate + light rum + cream of coconut = Boozy Coconut Hot Chocolate

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Add 1 1/2 ounces light rum per mug and coconut cream to taste. We suggest starting with a tablespoon and adding more from there. If you want to get extra fancy, toast some shredded coconut in the oven to sprinkle over the whipped cream or marshmallows.

6. Hot chocolate + whiskey + chai latte mix = Boozy Chai Hot Chocolate

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Add 1 1/2 ounces whiskey per mug, plus half the recommended amount (per cup) of chai latte mix. (If you don't have chai latte mix, stir in ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, star anise, ginger, and fennel to taste. We recommend starting with an 1/8th of a teaspoon of each spice, and adding more based on preference.)


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