With the cold temperatures of winter, we’re reaching for things to warm us up—parkas, blankets, even cocktails. And one of the greatest cold-weather drinks of all time is the classic hot chocolate. So why not make it even better by adding some booze? We picked our seven favorite spiked hot chocolate recipes to share with you. Which one will you be making?
1. Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Two favorite cold-weather staples, the pumpkin spice latté and, of course, hot chocolate, come together to create the ultimate cocktail. Made with seasonal Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa, among other pumpkin-flavored ingredients, this drink is sure to keep you cozy when it’s freezing outside.
2. Campfire S’mores Hot Chocolate
There’s nothing like booze and some camping treats. Whiskey gets thrown into this hot chocolate cocktail to give it an extra kick. It’s then topped off with a graham cracker and marshmallow coating that’s torched to give it the full campfire effect. Yum!
3. Pisco-Spiked Dulce De Leche Hot Chocolate
Pisco, a delicious and underrated spirit, becomes the star of the show in this hot chocolate variation. The South American brandy gets paired with fellow Latin flavor dulce de leche to add a level of sweetness that’s just right. Topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, this indulgent dessert cocktail is perfect for entertaining.
4. Spiked and Spicy Hot Chocolate
If you love a little kick in your drinks, this one’s for you! This rum-based version of a hot chocolate packs a punch with a pinch of cayenne pepper. The spicy element is then balanced out with chocolate, cinnamon and a healthy helping of marshmallows piled on top as garnish.
5. Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Red wine and chocolate have always been a spectacular pairing, and this new treat has become a darling of the food community. All this recipe needs is a healthy serving of dry red wine along with your usual hot chocolate ingredients to create a warm mug of creamy (and boozy) goodness.
6. Spiked Vegan Hot Chocolate
If you follow a vegan diet or are just looking for a somewhat healthier dessert cocktail, you might enjoy this one. Spiked with bourbon, this hot chocolate recipe calls for almond milk, dark chocolate, maple syrup and coconut whipped cream to fit just about any dietary restrictions. Booze really does go with everything!
7. Spiked Hot Chocolate with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream
Beer in hot chocolate? Who would’ve thought! This recipe calls for some bourbon-barrel-aged stout (or just regular ol’ bourbon if you can’t get your hands on the brew), which pairs perfectly with the sweet goodness from the rest of the classic hot chocolate ingredients.