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Spiked Hot Chocolate

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Rich chocolate, creamy milk, and walnut liqueur meld together for this simple, delicious homemade spiked hot chocolate that all of the adults will love on a chilly night!
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Table of Contents
  1. Spiked Hot Chocolate Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Our easy spiked hot chocolate is the perfect cozy winter drink for adults to enjoy this holiday season. Made from scratch with creamy milk, rich chocolate, non-dairy walnut liqueur, and topped with homemade whipped cream, this boozy hot chocolate is irresistible!

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Spiked Hot Chocolate Ingredients

Spiked Hot Chocolate raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

For the Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces walnut liqueur

For the Maple Whipped Cream

  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons walnut liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

DRIZZLE: Add a drizzle of dark chocolate, white chocolate, or caramel sauce to the top of your adult hot chocolate drink before serving.

MARSHMALLOWS: Add a few mini marshmallows to each glass instead of the homemade whipped cream.

CINNAMON: Add a dash of cinnamon to the creamy hot chocolate mix for another layer of flavor.

VANILLA EXTRACT: Add a few drops of vanilla extract to your drink recipe.

NUTMEG: You could add a pinch of nutmeg to this homemade spiked hot chocolate recipe as well.

TOPPINGS: Everything is better with a little extra chocolate! Add dark chocolate or white chocolate shavings on top of your mug of spiked hot chocolate before serving. You could also sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the whipped cream for a minty twist.

LIQUEUR: We have recommended walnut liqueur here, but there are lots of options you could use. Try other flavored liqueurs, or what about peppermint schnapps for another great option? Irish cream is also a favorite alcohol to add to warm drinks.

DAIRY-FREE: Make your warm drink completely dairy-free using coconut milk, or almond milk.

How To Make This Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

As always, you can make this a non-alcoholic version by omitting the liqueur. The kiddies and grown-ups alike will have fun with this holiday drink. 

STEP ONE: In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and cornstarch. Whisk until smooth. 

milk and cornstarch whisked in a pan

STEP TWO: Heat the milk on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to boil. 

STEP THREE: Remove the warm milk from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips.

pan removed from the heat and chocolate chips stirred

STEP FOUR: Add the walnut liqueur.

PRO TIP:

Chilling the bowl and beaters before adding the ingredients makes it easier to make the whipped cream since cream whips best when cold.

STEP FIVE: In a small bowl, mix the heavy cream, walnut liqueur, confectioners’ sugar, and maple syrup. Whip until stiff peaks form. 

cream, walnut liqueur, powdered sugar, and maple syrup mixed in a bowl

STEP SIX: Top with your homemade maple whipped cream or marshmallows.

How To Serve

Hot chocolate lovers are really going to enjoy this alcoholic hot chocolate. It is loaded with holiday spirit and perfect for cold winter nights. Enjoy with a plate of Christmas brownies or Christmas shortbread cookies for an extra burst of sweetness.

Craving more hot chocolate ideas? Try our hot chocolate on a stick or our frozen hot chocolate as well.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE/FREEZER: 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.

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This creamy homemade spiked hot chocolate will become a favorite drink for years to come. Simple ingredients combine to make a smooth, rich, irresistible flavor that is perfect for the chill of winter.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This festive cocktail recipe can’t really be made in advance. It’s a quick recipe, and it won’t take you long to whip up a batch just before you are ready to serve it.

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

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

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this homemade hot chocolate recipe?

You can omit the liqueur, and you will have the perfect beverage to share with the entire family.

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Spiked Hot Chocolate

5 from 1 vote
Rich chocolate, creamy milk, and walnut liqueur meld together for this simple, delicious homemade spiked hot chocolate that all of the adults will love on a chilly night!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces walnut liqueur

Whipped Cream

  • cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons walnut liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, combine milk and cornstarch. Whisk until smooth.
  • Heat milk on medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to boil.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Add the walnut liqueur.
  • In a small bowl, mix the heavy cream, walnut liqueur, confectioners' sugar, and maple syrup. Whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Top with maple whipped cream or marshmallows.

Notes

  • As always, you can make this a non-alcoholic version by omitting the liqueur. The kiddies and grown-ups alike will have fun with this holiday drink. 
  • Chilling the bowl and beaters before adding the ingredients makes it easier to make the whipped cream since cream whips best when cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 988IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 464mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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