November 6, 2023Review Recipe
Table of Contents
- Baileys Hot Chocolate Ingredients
- Substitutions And Additions For Spiked Hot Chocolate
- How To Make A Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe
- How To Serve Adult Hot Chocolate
- When to Serve Alcoholic Hot Chocolate
- Storing Baileys And Hot Chocolate
- FAQ About Irish Hot Chocolate
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When the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing more delightful than a steaming mug of this Baileys hot chocolate. Decadent, creamy, and the perfect way to chase away the winter chill, you only need three ingredients to make this classic cozy drink with an Irish twist.
Baileys Hot Chocolate Ingredients
This warm and creamy beverage has a rich chocolatey taste and you won’t be able to get enough of this delectable hot chocolate!
The infusion of Baileys Irish Cream liqueur adds the perfect amount of sweetness that blends perfectly with the cocoa.
It’s the perfect treat to enjoy on a chilly evening or as an addition to your dessert course.
For this spiked hot chocolate, you’ll need:
- 1¼ cups of whole milk
- 2½ tablespoons of double chocolate hot cocoa mix (I used the Ghirardelli brand)
- 2½ ounces of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur
For The Garnish:
- Extra creamy squirt of whipped topping
- Chocolate sauce for ice cream or drinks
- Semi-sweet chocolate shavings
Substitutions And Additions For Spiked Hot Chocolate
HOT CHOCOLATE: I like to buy a good quality hot chocolate mix in bulk so that I can measure out just the amount of cocoa powder I need for each drink. I enjoy the Ghirardelli brand best.
This also allows you to add a little more powder mix if you enjoy an even richer spiked hot chocolate.
You can use milk chocolate, double chocolate, or dark chocolate cocoa mix for this recipe. Remember to use a high-quality brand for best results.
I would avoid flavored chocolate cocoa mixes as they may not work well with the Baileys Irish Cream.
CHOCOLATE: I keep a really good quality semi-sweet chocolate bar in a storage bag in the refrigerator just to add chocolate shavings to cocktails and dessert garnishes.
I use the small side of a box grater for my chocolate shavings.
WHIPPED CREAM: If you do not like the store-bought whipped toppings, then you can certainly use homemade sweetened whipped cream in its place for this alcoholic drink.
You can add your homemade whipped cream to a piping bag and pipe out a pretty topping like the one you get from the squirt can.
MILK: You can use 2% milk if the whole milk is a little rich for your taste in this hot chocolate with Baileys.
Alternatively, you can use heavy cream or half-and-half instead of whole milk for a richer texture.
I do not suggest using low-fat or nonfat milk as they tend to give the hot chocolate a more watery consistency.
OTHER LIQUERS: You can experiment with other cream liqueurs like Amarula, Frangelico, Kahlúa, and Grand Marnier. However, the flavor profile will change, so choose one that complements chocolate well.
ALCOHOL-FREE: For a non-alcoholic version, try using Baileys non-alcoholic coffee creamer to mimic the flavor, or opt for a shot of espresso for a caffeine kick without the liquor.
EXTRACTS: Add a dash of vanilla extract for added flavor. You could also use almond extract can be a delightful substitute for vanilla, imparting a nuttier essence. Since almond extract has a stronger flavor, use about half as much as you would vanilla.
CINNAMON: Swap out cinnamon for a pinch of nutmeg or cardamom to change up the spice profile. These spices are stronger than cinnamon, so start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
SALT: A pinch of sea salt can enhance the chocolate flavor, but for a different twist, try using pink Himalayan salt. It contains trace minerals and can add a subtle difference in taste.
ADDITIONAL TOPPINGS: Add a few marshmallows or other favorite toppings to each glass instead of homemade whipped cream.
You can dust on some cinnamon or nutmeg on top, add caramel drizzle, or even sprinkle some crushed peppermint candies for a festive touch.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
Want a boozier drink? Reduce the amount of milk, or increase the amount of Baileys.
How To Make A Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe
This spiked hot chocolate recipe will come together easily by combining warm milk, hot chocolate, and Baileys before garnishing with your favorite toppings.
STEP ONE: In a microwave-safe large coffee mug that is at least a 12 to 14-ounce capacity, add the whole milk and microwave on high for 1 minute 45 seconds.
STEP TWO: Whisk the double chocolate hot cocoa mix into the hot milk until no lumps remain.
I find that stirring the double chocolate hot cocoa mix with a spoon does not mix it very well.
I use a small/narrow whisk or even one of those little battery-operated coffee frothers.
STEP THREE: Whisk the Baileys Original Irish Cream into the mug of hot chocolate.
STEP FOUR: Garnish Irish hot chocolate with the optional squirt of whipped topping, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and semi-sweet chocolate shavings.
How To Serve Adult Hot Chocolate
Serving Baileys and hot chocolate isn’t just about pouring it into a mug; it’s about creating an entire mood that complements the rich flavors of the drink.
SERVE WITH COOKIES: I personally love serving this Baileys hot chocolate with a side of buttery shortbread cookies.
When to Serve Alcoholic Hot Chocolate
Cold Winter Evenings: On a chilly evening, serve the Baileys hot chocolate with a side of indoor s’mores. The gooeyness of the marshmallows combined with the creamy hot chocolate will be a match made in heaven.
Holiday Gatherings: Whether it’s Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any festive occasion, Baileys hot chocolate can add a touch of luxury and warmth to your celebrations. Serve alongside Christmas pinwheels or our festive Grinch cookies.
Romantic Date Nights: Planning a cozy night in with your significant other? Baileys hot chocolate can set the mood. Light some candles, play soft music, and enjoy your drink together. Pair with our cheesecake bites or snowball kisses.
Book Club Meetings: If you host book club meetings or any other casual gatherings at your home, surprise your guests with this creamy beverage. It’s a great conversation starter! Other great options are our hot chocolate with Fireball, mudslide drink, and Skrewball whiskey frozen hot chocolate.
Storing Baileys And Hot Chocolate
MAKE AHEAD: If you’re planning a gathering or simply want to have a quick treat ready for the next few days, you can prepare the hot chocolate base – without the Baileys – in advance.
Allow it to cool to room temperature. Then once cooled, store it in an airtight container.
When you’re ready to serve, gently reheat the base on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally until it’s warmed through.
If you’re in a hurry, you can use the microwave. Pour the drink into a microwave-safe mug and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until hot.
Once reheated, stir in the Baileys for that signature Irish twist.
IN THE FRIDGE/FREEZER: This Baileys and hot chocolate should be served immediately to enjoy it while it is still hot.
We don’t recommend trying to keep it for any length of time.
This decadent Baileys hot chocolate will warm your soul and leave you feeling satisfied. Enjoy a big mug on cold evenings this holiday season, or anytime you need to escape the chill.
With only three ingredients, it will only take you a few minutes to whip up this tasty spiked hot chocolate drink.
FAQ About Irish Hot Chocolate
This delicious recipe would be yummy with non-dairy options such as soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.
This homemade hot chocolate will not keep in the fridge or freezer.
Cocoa powder naturally contains caffeine, so hot cocoa has some caffeine which can give you a little boost.
Yes, this hot chocolate can be made in a slow cooker. Combine all ingredients except for the Baileys, and cook on low for two hours, stirring occasionally. Add the Baileys just before serving to preserve the alcohol content and flavor.
Adding a shot of espresso or strong-brewed coffee is a great way to turn your hot chocolate into a mocha. The coffee will add a depth of flavor that complements both the chocolate and Baileys.
Yes, you can easily double or triple the ingredients to serve more people. Just use a larger pot to accommodate the increased volume and stir frequently to ensure even heating.
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Baileys Hot Chocolate
- 1¼ cups whole milk
- 2½ tablespoons double chocolate hot cocoa mix, I used the Ghirardelli brand
- 2½ ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream Liquor
- Extra creamy squirt whipped topping, I used Reddi Whip brand
- Chocolate sauce for ice cream or drinks, I used the Ghirardelli brand
- Semi-sweet chocolate shavings, I used a semi-sweet Ghirardelli baking bar
- In a microwave-safe large coffee mug (at least 12 to 14-ounce capacity), add the whole milk and microwave on high for 1 minute 45 seconds.
- Whisk the double chocolate hot cocoa mix into the hot milk until no lumps remain.
- Whisk the Baileys Original Irish Cream into the mug of hot chocolate.
- Garnish with the optional squirt of whipped topping, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and semi-sweet chocolate shavings.
- Want a boozier drink? Reduce the amount of milk, or increase the amount of Baileys.
- This makes one very large drink, so make sure your mug has at least a 12 to 14-ounce capacity.
- I find that stirring the double chocolate hot cocoa mix with a spoon does not mix it very well. I use a small/narrow whisk or even one of those little battery-operated coffee frothers.
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