Winter starts out with the holidays, presents and festive decorations. But then two more months of long nights and chilly weather follow. That's not necessarily the worst thing ever, though, because you can still make the most of winter by giving your hot chocolate a little spike.
10. Hot Chocolate Martini
Pairing the classic cocktail with the sweetness of hot chocolate is pretty genius.
- 6 tbsp cooled hot chocolate
- 2 tbsp creme de cocoa
- 2 tbsp Irish creme
- 1-2 tbsp vanilla vodka
- Mini marshmallows
Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well combined and strain into a martini glass. Top off with a few mini marshmallows.
9. Salted Caramel Vodka
Anyone lacking the patience for mixology can make this sweet and salty spiked chocolate in a flash.
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 5 tbsp of dark chocolate
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1-2 tbsp caramel vodka
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
Heat the milk in a saucepan until it simmers. Remove it from the heat and add the chocolate and the salt. Mix until combined and the chocolate is melted. Top off with the vodka and cream.
8. Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mexican hot chocolate adds the extra spice of cinnamon and is nearly as easy to make as the virgin version.
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 1 packet of hot chocolate mix
- 4-5 tbsp of Kahlua
- Cinnamon sticks
Heat up the milk in a pan and add the hot chocolate mix. Add in the Kahlua and remove from the heat once it is all combined. Pour into a mug and finish with a cinnamon stick and some whipped cream.
7. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
This particular combination can sneak into the arsenal around the time you pull the first scarf from the coat rack. Cook Nourish Bliss came up with this winning ambrosia.
- 4 cups milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp chopped white chocolate
- 1/4 pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted. Pour into a mug and top off with sprinkles, whipped cream or a dusting of cinnamon.
6. Amaretto Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Red velvet cakes, lattes and cupcakes exist. Hot chocolate makes even more sense with this recipe from a Cozy Kitchen.
- 4 cups of milk
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp red food coloring paste
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp whipped cream cheese
Heat up the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the chocolate chips. Let them melt and then add the red food coloring paste.
Whip up your whipping cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Then whip in the cream cheese. Pour your hot chocolate mixture in mugs and top off with the whip.
5. Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Perfect for Valentine's Day, a cold ski adventure, or just a night in with the girls. The winning duo: wine and chocolate.
- 3 tbsp bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/3 cup red wine
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pinch of salt
Bring the wine and chocolate to a simmer in a saucepan. Whisk the ingredients until the chocolate has melted. Add in the water, milk and salt. Cook for 3 minutes longer while it simmers and pour into mugs.
4. Frozen Hot Chocolate Margarita
Maybe it's hot out. Or maybe you always wanted an excuse to pair a margarita and chocolate. This recipe from Daydream Desserts has it all.
- 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup frozen hot chocolate mix
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce kahlua
- 1/2 ounce Gran Marnier or triple sec
Put all the ingredients into a blender. Blend at high speed until the mixture is smooth. Pour into margarita glasses.
3. Nutella Brandy Hot Chocolate
This mixture is so good you can cancel your Saturday night plans.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup hazelnut liqueur
- 2 tbsp brandy
Mix together the milk, Nutella and 2 tablespoons of the cream in a saucepan. Whisk over medium heat until everything is incorporated. Add in the hazelnut liqueur and the brandy and whisk until hot and combined. Whip up the remaining heavy cream to top off this concoction.
2. Classic Spiked Hot Chocolate
Sometimes you just need a standard go-to.
- 3 cups milk
- 4 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 ounces of bourbon
Combine the milk and chocolate in a saucepan and whisk to combine. Add in the sugar, salt and bourbon and whisk. Top off with marshmallows or whipped cream.
1. Coconut Hot Chocolate
Wonder what to do with that bottle of coconut rum that just sits in your booze cabinet taking up space? This recipe from the BBC has the answer:
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4-5 tbsp white chocolate
- 1 ounce coconut-flavored rum
- 1 tsp grated dark chocolate
- 1 tsp coconut flakes
Heat up the whole milk in a pan. Remove from heat and add the white chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted and then stir in the rum. Pour in a mug and garnish with chocolate and coconut flakes.