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Drunken Rudolf

close up shot of glasses of drunken Rudolf topped with whipped cream and garnished with a maraschino cherry and rosemary
This Drunken Rudolf is a fun alcoholic drink with an adorable reindeer face featuring hot chocolate, creamy vanilla ice cream, whiskey and Irish cream.
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  1. DRUNKEN RUDOLF INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS DRUNKEN RUDOLF RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Drunken Rudolf is a festive holiday cocktail that looks like it came directly from the North Pole. This adorable drink is full of decadence and plenty of holiday spirit with rich hot cocoa and vanilla ice cream combined with cinnamon whiskey and Bailey’s for you to enjoy this season.

‘Tis the season for entertaining, and our Spiked Hot Chocolate and Drunken Dalgona are two more fun adult beverages that you should add to your repertoire.

DRUNKEN RUDOLF INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 6 ounces whole milk
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) packet hot cocoa mix
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 1½ ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
  • ½ ounce Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

PRO TIP:

I like to use the specialty individual hot cocoa packet mixes for drinks like these, or if I am only making one at a time, but feel free to make whatever hot chocolate brand you enjoy. The goal is to have 6 ounces of hot cocoa. Remember that different brands come in different size packets, or even as a bulk container. Not to worry, just follow the packet for a single serving.

For the Garnish

  • Squirt whip topping
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Fresh rosemary twigs

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

ICE CREAM: If you do not wish to add the vanilla ice cream, then I suggest you increase the amount of milk that you use to make your hot cocoa (you do not need to add more cocoa mix), but you may need to adjust your heat time accordingly. If you do not add the additional milk, then you will have a very drunk Rudolph.

MILK: When making your hot cocoa, please feel free to use whatever milk or non-milk product you prefer. I suggest full-fat versions of almond milk or oat milk. The goal is that it is rich and creamy. Also, I would note that if you choose to use a dairy substitute that it is an unflavored version.

ALCOHOL: You can substitute Kahlua, Rum Chata, or any other creamy liqueur for the Bailey’s in this recipe to suit your flavor preferences.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS DRUNKEN RUDOLF RECIPE

PRO TIP:

As always, you can make this a non-alcoholic version by just omitting the Baileys Irish Cream and the Fireball Whiskey. The kiddies and grown-ups alike will have fun with this holiday drink. Quick tip: put cinnamon sticks as antlers for the non-alcoholic versions so that no one drinks the wrong one.  

STEP ONE: In a large coffee mug, add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur and the Fireball cinnamon whiskey. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a microwave-safe, glass 2 cup measuring cup with a spout, pour in the whole milk and heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds (or longer if you desire your hot cocoa to be hotter). Carefully remove it from the microwave and add the contents of your hot cocoa packet to the hot milk. Stir until no lumps remain.

STEP THREE: Carefully pour the hot cocoa into the large coffee mug with the ice cream and alcohol.

STEP FOUR: Garnish with a full topping of squirt whip cream, 2 sprigs of rosemary for the antlers and 1 maraschino cherry for the nose.  

HOW TO SERVE

To enjoy your Drunken Rudolf, you can give him a stir, after you admire how cute he is, and either sip with a straw or drink like a latte. Of course, this drink would be even better accompanied by our Christmas pinwheels or Christmas fudge.

STORAGE

This recipe needs to be consumed right away, and none of the parts can be prepared ahead of time. We recommend making this drink on demand.

Everyone will love having the red-nosed reindeer in their cup this holiday season. This drink will be a welcome treat when the snow is flying, and you are cozy in front of a roaring fire. The sweet little reindeer face makes it extra fun, too!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a different liqueur than Bailey’s?

Any cream-based liqueur such as Kahlua or Rum Chata would work fine in this tasty drink.

Can I use flavored hot chocolate?

There are plenty of fun hot chocolate flavors available, and they would all be delicious in this yummy beverage.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this drink?

You can omit the Bailey’s and whiskey, and you will have the perfect beverage to share with the entire family.

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Drunken Rudolf

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This Drunken Rudolf is a fun alcoholic drink with an adorable reindeer face featuring hot chocolate, creamy vanilla ice cream, whiskey and Irish cream.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces whole milk
  • 1.25 ounces hot cocoa mix
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ½ ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
  • ½ ounce Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

For the Garnish

  • Squirt whip topping
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Fresh rosemary twigs

Instructions
 

  • In a large coffee mug, add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur and the Fireball cinnamon whiskey. Set aside.
  • In a microwave safe, glass 2 cup measuring cup with a spout, pour in the whole milk and heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds (or longer if you desire your hot cocoa to be hotter). Carefully remove it from the microwave and add the contents of your hot cocoa packet to the hot milk. Stir until no lumps remain.
  • Carefully pour the hot cocoa into the large coffee mug with the ice cream and alcohol.
  • Garnish with a full topping of squirt whip cream, 2 sprigs of rosemary for the antlers and 1 maraschino cherry for the nose.

Notes

PRO TIP: I like to use the specialty individual hot cocoa packet mixes for drinks like these, or if I am only making one at a time, but feel free to make whatever hot chocolate brand you enjoy. The goal is to have 6 ounces of hot cocoa. Remember that different brands come in different size packets, or even as a bulk container. Not to worry, just follow the packet for a single serving.
 
PRO TIP: As always, you can make this a non-alcoholic version by just omitting the Baileys Irish Cream and the Fireball Whiskey. The kiddies and grown-ups alike will have fun with this holiday drink. Quick tip: put cinnamon sticks as antlers for the non-alcoholic versions so that no one drinks the wrong one.  
 

Nutrition

Calories: 709kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 397mg | Iron: 1mg
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