This rich and creamy classic is a perfect way to savor the season. Spike hot chocolate never tasted so good!
I think adults crave spiked hot chocolate because there is a kid still in all of us! Well, I guess that isn't true, there is really only a kid in pregnant women, and they shouldn't drink spiked hot chocolate. And actually, kids shouldn't drink alcohol of any sort. I guess that was a pretty bad analogy. Moving on...
Spiked Hot Chocolate
Spiked hot chocolate is your favorite cold weather childhood treat all grown up and full of booze... kind of like half of my childhood playmates. You can use any ol' hot chocolate mix to concoct this drink, but you will really transform this into something special if you make your hot coco from scratch.
How to Make Hot Chocolate
I already have a detailed write-up on how to make homemade hot chocolate. We will be using that recipe as a base for the spiked hot chocolate. Making your hot chocolate from scratch is much richer and creamier than any hot chocolate made from a powder mix, I promise. The key is slowly cooking an egg yolk with the milk and chocolate. It acts as a fantastic thickener.
What is the Best Liquor to Mix with Hot Chocolate
You have a lot of options when making a spiked hot chocolate. My favorite liquor to add to hot chocolate is Baileys Irish Cream, it's luxurious creamy flavor blends perfectly with chocolate. However, peppermint schnapps is another great option, as is Kahlua, rum, or brandy. Your choices are only limited by your taste preferences.
How Much Alcohol to Add to Hot Chocolate
Like many other mixed drinks, one size does not fit all. I like a 1:3 ratio of alcohol and hot chocolate. However, if you like the alcohol to be more subtle, you can certainly add less. Conversely, add more alcohol for a stronger punch.
Spike Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup Milk (divided)
- 2 oz Semisweet Chocolate
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 3 oz Baileys Irish Cream (more or less to taste)
- whipped cream
- Heat ¼ cup of the milk and all of the chocolate over low heat in a pan and whisk to thoroughly combine.
- In a separate pan set on low whisk the egg yolk until smooth and heated, being careful not to let the yolk curdle.
- Slowly add chocolate mixture by the spoonful into the yolk while whisking continually. Add the remaining milk and heat to temperature.
- Add Baileys to a mug, and pour in hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream.
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