Boozy Hot Chocolate is the ultimate winter indulgence. This decadent spiked hot chocolate drink recipe combines rich, smooth chocolate with a hint of vanilla vodka. Enjoy the flavor of creamy hot chocolate along with the warmth and relaxation of your favorite adult beverage.
Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe
Nothing screams “cozy winter” like a mug of homemade hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. But if you’re feeling adventurous, why not take your hot chocolate game to the next level and give it a boozy twist? With this delicious yet simple recipe for Boozy Hot Chocolate, you can do just that.
This homemade hot chocolate with alcohol is the perfect adult drink for the winter. Some call it spiked hot chocolate, others call it boozy hot chocolate but it doesn’t matter what you call it because you will enjoy the rich flavor in every sip no matter how it is referred to.
Remember to enjoy responsibly. Cheers!
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What is Boozy hot chocolate?
Boozy hot chocolate, also known as spiked hot chocolate, is a variation of traditional hot chocolate that includes the addition of alcoholic spirits. It combines the comforting warmth and rich flavors of hot chocolate with the added kick of your favorite liquor. The alcohol content can vary depending on your preference and the type of spirit you choose to incorporate.
What is the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?
Hot cocoa is a combination of cocoa powder, a sweetener, and a hot liquid. On the other hand, hot chocolate is prepared by blending melted chocolate (which can be dark, semisweet, milk, or even white chocolate) with a hot liquid. The addition of sweetener in hot chocolate is optional and depends on the type of chocolate you use.
Tips for Making The Perfect Spiked Hot Chocolate
Choose high-quality chocolate. Start with good-quality chocolate, whether you prefer dark, milk, or white chocolate. The flavor of the chocolate will greatly influence the final taste of your spiked hot chocolate.
Don’t forget the sweetener. Depending on your chocolate choice, you may or may not need additional sweetener. This more so applies if you are using dark chocolate as it can be bitter. Taste the mixture before adding any sweetener and adjust according to your preference.
Choose your spirits wisely. If you are wanting to change things up from using the vanilla vodka we have made this recipe with this is important. Consider the type of alcohol you want to add to your spiked hot chocolate. Popular options include whiskey, rum, brandy, Baileys Irish Cream, or peppermint schnapps. Select a spirit that complements the flavors of chocolate and any additional ingredients you’ve chosen.
Choose your favorite type of chocolate. Whether you prefer dark, milk, or white chocolate; use whatever kind makes you the happiest. If you are using dark chocolate, I would recommend increasing the sugar by up to 1 tablespoon.
Select quality alcohol. When it comes to adding alcohol to your hot chocolate, don’t be afraid to splurge on a higher-quality spirit for the best results.
Variations of this recipe
Use other types of alcohol. I am using vanilla-flavored vodka but marshmallow-flavored or whipped-cream flavored are other options that will work well. If you want to change things up you can use different liqueurs including rum or whiskey. You can also change things up by using Baileys Irish Cream, Peppermint Schnapps, or a chocolate liqueur.
Make it fancy. When serving you can top it with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
Make it festive. If you are wanting a tasty adult drink for the holiday season make this boozy hot chocolate with peppermint vodka and top it with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
Experiment with flavors. Consider adding additional flavors to enhance your spiked hot chocolate. You can try adding a splash of vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon, a hint of orange zest, or even a touch of peppermint extract for a festive twist.
Topping Ideas for Boozy Hot Chocolate
You can fancy up your hot chocolate by adding some tasty toppings.
- Whipped cream. A dollop of homemade whipped cream or whipped topping is a great addition.
- Marshmallows. You can make some homemade marshmallows or use store bought marshmallows and put them on top.
- Extra chocolate flavors. Top with some chocolate shavings or chocolate syrup for extra chocolate flavor.
Can This Recipe Be Doubled?
Yes, this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make enough for a large group. I love to make a large batch to serve at parties. Keep the proportions equal as you increase the serving size.
How to Store Leftovers
If you make a large batch of boozy hot chocolate and want to store it, simply transfer it to a mason jar or other airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When you are ready to reheat the hot cocoa, reheat gently on the stovetop with additional cream or milk, if desired.
Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons hot cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ounces vanilla-flavored vodka
- Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping
How to Make Boozy Hot Chocolate
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract over medium-low heat.
Stir with a whisk until the chocolate chips have melted. Do not boil!
When the chocolate chips have melted and everything is well incorporated, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for 3-5 minutes.
Pour the vodka into the saucepan and stir well.
Serve in glasses with whipped cream or marshmallows and any additional toppings you want.
Is it okay to heat up the alcohol when I make my boozy hot chocolate?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to heat up the alcohol when making boozy hot chocolate.
Can I make this with dairy-free milk or an alternative type of milk?
Absolutely! You can make your boozy hot chocolate with any type of milk (or alternative milk) that you prefer.
Can I make this with dark chocolate?
Yes. However since dark chocolate is not as sweet as milk chocolate you will want to increase the amount of granulated sugar by ½tablespoons to 1 tablespoon extra.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes, you can make your boozy hot chocolate up to 24 hours in advance. Just store it in an airtight container and reheat it when ready to serve.
Can I make a larger batch of this hot chocolate?
Yes. This recipe makes 2 servings. If you are going to make a larger batch remember to keep the ratio of 1 cup of milk to 1 ounce of alcohol.
Boozy Drink Recipes
Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe
- In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract over medium-low heat.
- Stir with a whisk until the chocolate chips have melted. Do not boil!
- When the chocolate chips have melted and everything is well incorporated, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Pour the vodka into the saucepan and stir well.
- Serve in glasses with whipped cream or marshmallows and any additional toppings you want.