Spiked Hot Chocolate

When you’re a child, hot cocoa is THE winter beverage. Then you grow up and Spiked Hot Chocolate makes it even better! When you’re a child, hot cocoa is THE winter beverage. Then you grow up and Spiked Hot Chocolate makes it even better!

When I was growing up, we lived at the top of a hill. Not a giant hill with country vistas, but rather a large neighborhood slope. The kind a mid-century modern could perch comfortably on.

And as the steepest incline on the block, it was the neighborhood sledding spot.

Sledding (actually saucers and mini-boggens in the day) was the kind of activity that made kids love winter. And after the excitement and camaraderie was over and the sky long blackened, there was hot cocoa. Marshmallows. Whipped cream.

It turned me into a hot chocolate lover for life.

Then I grew up, added booze, and it got even better! When you’re a child, hot cocoa is THE winter beverage. Then you grow up and Spiked Hot Chocolate makes it even better!

What makes this a winner

Hot cocoa is the ultimate comfort beverage. Warm, sweet and chocolaty, it is beautiful even before you add whipped cream or marshmallows.

Then if you include a shot of something tasty and alcoholic, you get more flavor and more comfort!

And variations are easy. Alcohol comes in many different flavors from peppermint schnapps to Irish Crème. You could even serve a crowd with a Spiked Hot Chocolate Bar and let everyone pick their favorite. Include whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles and you are all set! When you’re a child, hot cocoa is THE winter beverage. Then you grow up and Spiked Hot Chocolate makes it even better!

Finally it’s an intergenerational treat! My father wasn’t likely to sit down for a cup of cocoa, even homemade. But offer a hot toddy and he was all in. Soon we’d be sitting together as a family, watching snow flock the pines or gazing into a roaring fire.

Step by Step Directions

Mix up your favorite hot chocolate.  No favorite?  Here is my favorite cocoa from scratch!

Add a shot of an alcohol that goes well with chocolate like Peppermint Schnapps.Add a shot of alcohol

Top with your favorite toppings Top with whipped cream

Enjoy!

Scratch Hot Cocoa or Mix

I love a good homemade hot cocoa. Mom made the recipe on the Hershey’s can when we were kids and that’s what I’ve taught my daughters! Take a look at my hot cocoa post if you want too give it a try!

But if you’re in a hurry, there are many tasty mixes on the market. Some require the addition of warm milk while for others you just add water.

And once you spike it, the flavor’s going to be over the top either way!  making scratch hot cocoa

Variations

While some people will add a straight liquor to their hot chocolate, it’s more common to see something that’s flavored added. Some of my favorites are Irish Cream, Peppermint Schnapps and Frangelico (hazelnut). Some booze candidates

But you can go with fruit flavored liqueurs as well. Do you like chocolates with fruit cream centers? Then consider options like Cointreau (or Grand Marnier) for an orange flavor or Chambord for raspberry!

Adding coffee liqueur like Kahlua or Tia Maria will give you a lovely mocha. You can even go peppermint mocha like the Starbucks favorite!

Toppings

Growing up, marshmallows were a must on hot cocoa. But for spiked hot chocolate, I prefer whipped cream. Then I top it with sprinkles that are matched to the booze flavor.

Shaved chocolate or dusted cocoa is perfect for crème de cacao. Crushed peppermint or a drizzle of green cream de menthe is a beautiful match for peppermint schnapps. And cute gingerbread sprinkles or chopped nuts pair well with hazelnut flavored Frangelico. The possibilities are endless! 

Of course if you are going with marshmallows, you don’t need to stick with plain. There are fancier commercial versions available (snowflake shapes anyone?) and my homemade marshmallows in cute shapes like hearts and mittens are fun and easy to make.

Non-alcoholic options

Now if you don’t want alcohol, you don’t need to stick with plain cocoa. A little peppermint or orange extract will mimic their alcoholic counterparts. You can use coffee extract or even coffee to create an alcohol free mocha.  No need to miss out!

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When you’re a child, hot cocoa is THE winter beverage. Then you grow up and Spiked Hot Chocolate makes it even better!

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

When you’re a child, hot cocoa is THE winter beverage. Then you grow up and Spiked Hot Chocolate makes it even better!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of your favorite hot cocoa
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 Tablespoons) alcohol of your choice
  • whipped cream or marshmallows to top

Instructions

Mix up 8 ounces of your favorite hot coca

Add a 1 1/2 ounce shot of your favorite liquor

Top with whipped cream and sprinkles or marshmallows.

Updated from Nov 2011.

12 thoughts on “Spiked Hot Chocolate

  1. promenadeplantings

    I have to admit I’m a fan of hot toddies, but I often skip the alcohol, and just stick with the lemon and honey. But a hot chocolate with a dash of something sounds positively medicinal, oh and tempting:)

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Yes, there are lots of nice ways to stay warm! This winter one of my kids has started doing “hot buttered un-rums” She uses my mix (which I will be posting a recipe for before New Years) and leaves out the rum!

  2. croquecamille

    I don’t know, alcohol is a cough suppressant, and it helps you get to sleep – sounds no worse than NyQuil to me! 😉 I do love hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps. We called them “ski lifts” in college. I also love a dash of cognac in my hot chocolate. It’s totally decadent, and feels very grown-up.

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  4. OysterCulture

    Wholesome and delicious. i love hot toddies in the winter when you are cozy indoors and its snowing like the dickens outdoors. Great fall recipes. I’ll be making one on a cold damp, albeit not snowy, but certainly rainy day here in SF.


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