There’s no better way to warm your bones than with a warm mug of hot cocoa — particularly if that mug also happens to contain a bit of booze.
This holiday season, ward off the chills with these creative hot chocolate cocktails that are sure to to make your merry and bright (if by “merry and bright,” you mean “happy and intoxicated”). From classic options, like Irish Cream Hot Chocolate, to more unusual concoctions, like Coconut White Hot Chocolate, your cup will (literally) runneth over with spiked and sinful hot chocolate recipes.
Just be sure to proceed with caution: spiking your hot chocolate is such a delightful sipping experience that you may be tempted to make a habit of it.
Add a dash of spice, in the form of Fireball.
This Spiked Fireball Hot Chocolate recipe also includes red chile pepper and cinnamon, so it will definitely give you a spicy kick on cold winter nights. Naturally, it’s topped with Red Hots.
Mix in a bit of flavored vodka for an especially merry kick.
This Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Hot Chocolate recipe folds the vodka into a homemade whipped cream topping, as opposed to pouring booze into the hot chocolate itself — which is especially handy if some of your friends don’t feel like imbibing.
Fall back on the classic combination of chocolate and Kahlùa.
Sip on this Kahlùa Hot Chocolate recipe when you’re looking to add some booze to your hot cocoa with very little fuss — after all, you really can’t go wrong with the coffee-chocolate combo.
Create a white hot chocolate, laced with a bit of RumChata.
Regardless of your feelings on RumChata (or the number of hangovers you’ve suffered at its will), this RumChata White Hot Chocolate recipe is the perfect beverage for sipping on a chilly evening, particularly if you’re a white chocolate fan.
Try mixing your hot chocolate with bacon and Frangelico.
Look, all I’m saying is that this Bacon, Bourbon, and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate recipe is so rich, it’s almost criminal — and you should try it immediately.
Better yet, add in some pumpkin spice liqueur.
If you’re still hopelessly devoted to the Pumpkin Spice craze (no judgement, you do you), then this Boozy Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate is here to make your day/month/entire holiday season.
If you dig the chocolate-orange flavor combo, maybe mix in some Grand Marnier.
If you always look forward to those foil-wrapped chocolate oranges in your stocking, then the Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate recipe is your match made in heaven.
Drizzle it with butterscotch syrup — but not before dousing it with some butterscotch schnapps.
There is no better way to satisfy both your sweet-tooth and your inner booze-hound than with this Spiked Butterscotch Hot Chocolate.
Rely on the classic dose of Bailey’s to upgrade your hot cocoa.
There’s a reason Irish Cream Hot Chocolate is the go-to holiday cocktail for most people — it’s simple, it’s delicious, and, if used correctly, it might even knock you on your ass.
Or, be a true badass and add some bourbon.
This Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate is the best of both worlds: it will make you feel both classy and tipsy.
Give yourself a mini-vacation with some white chocolate topped with coconut rum.
Because sometimes you need a tropical drink (like this Coconut White Hot Chocolate) during the winter months to remind yourself that warmer weather is just around the corner.
Indulge your tequila cravings by pouring some into your hot chocolate with some cinnamon.
This Oaxaca Chaka Cocktail isn’t a margarita, but it’s probably the next best thing.
Create the ultimate Christmas cocktail by adding some peppermint schnapps.
There is no cheerier taste than the combination of mint and chocolate flavors. Fortunately, this Peppermint Patty recipe allows you to savor both — with the added benefit of schnapps.
And, if you’re feeling like indulging your inner basic side, then just combine your hot chocolate with your glass of red wine.
Sometimes, true happiness really is as simple as combining two of your favorite things. Take this Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe as proof.