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Baileys Hot Chocolate

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This creamy Baileys hot chocolate recipe is just what Jack Frost ordered to keep you warm and cozy this winter.
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  1. Baileys Hot Chocolate Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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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.

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Baileys Hot Chocolate Ingredients

Baileys Hot Chocolate raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 2½ tablespoons double chocolate hot cocoa mix (I used the Ghirardelli brand)
  • 2½ ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

For the Garnish

  • 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)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

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. This also allows you to add a little more powder mix if you enjoy an even richer hot chocolate. You can use milk chocolate, double chocolate, or dark chocolate cocoa mix for this recipe. 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. I do not suggest using low-fat or nonfat milk as they tend to give the hot chocolate a more watery consistency.

​​MARSHMALLOWS: Add a few marshmallows or other favorite toppings to each glass instead of the homemade whipped cream.

How to Make This Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Want a boozier drink? Reduce the amount of milk, or increase the amount of Baileys.

STEP ONE: 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.

PRO TIP:

This makes one very large drink, so make sure your mug has at least a 12 to 14-ounce capacity.

STEP TWO: Whisk the double chocolate hot cocoa mix into the hot milk until no lumps remain.

PRO TIP:

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. 

cocoa mix and hot milk whisked in a mug

STEP THREE: Whisk the Baileys Original Irish Cream into the mug of hot chocolate.

Bailey's whisked into the mug

STEP FOUR: Garnish Irish hot chocolate with the optional squirt of whipped topping, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and semi-sweet chocolate shavings.

whipped topping, chocolate sauce, and chocolate shaving garnished on top of the hot chocolate

How To Serve

Curl up on a cold winter day with this creamy hot chocolate drink in your favorite mug. Add a plate of our Christmas pinwheels and our festive Grinch cookies for a delicious sweet treat.

For warm, non-alcoholic options, our whipped hot chocolate and mint hot chocolate are both delicious too!

Storage

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.

a close up shot of Baileys Hot Chocolate in a mug

This decadent drink 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 decadent hot chocolate drink.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use non-dairy milk in this hot beverage recipe?

This delicious recipe would be yummy with non-dairy options such as soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.

Can I store leftovers of this spiked hot chocolate?

This homemade hot chocolate will not keep in the fridge or freezer.

Does hot chocolate have caffeine?

Cocoa powder naturally contains caffeine, so hot cocoa has some caffeine which can give you a little boost.

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Baileys Hot Chocolate

5 from 34 votes
This creamy Baileys hot chocolate recipe is just what Jack Frost ordered to keep you warm and cozy this winter.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • cups whole milk
  • tablespoons double chocolate hot cocoa mix, I used the Ghirardelli brand
  • ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream Liquor

Garnish

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Calcium: 413mg | Iron: 1mg
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