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Adult Hot Chocolate: 7 Boozy Recipes to Amp Up Holiday Cheer

Two friends sharing some spiked hot chocolate on a cold.
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Hot cocoa isn’t just for the kids. Adults love a warm and creamy beverage, too, especially when it’s spiked. It might not bring world peace or all-out joy, but we can promise it won’t be lacking in spirit!

Whether you’re dreaming of a ride on the Polar Express, or just want something to keep your hands warm while caroling door-to-door, hot chocolate is a necessity. And while the kids are enjoying their sugar rush, there’s no reason not to enjoy a little rush of your own. Grab the Bailey’s, the Chambord, or even a bottle of red wine, and let’s get these boozy beverages poured. ‘Tis the season, after all.

7 Adult Hot Chocolate Recipes

Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate: The key to this one is using the chopped chocolate pieces over cocoa powder. Chopped chocolate gives a richer, more sophisticated flavor and mouth-feel when compared to typical hot chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Bon Appetit

Kahlua Hot Chocolate: Reminiscent of a White Russian, this one is sweet, warm, and toasty. For an indulgent take, switch the low-fat milk for the real deal. It may cost you a few extra calories, but the difference in taste is well worth the sacrifice.

Get the Recipe: Damn Delicious

Red Wine Hot Chocolate: This one may sound strange, but with the right wine, it works! Try a fruity merlot to complement the chocolate flavors.

Get the Recipe: Wholefully.com

Tequila Cocoa Caliente: If you like a little spice with your sweet, this is your after-dinner drink. Tequila, chiles, and chocolate combine to create an exciting take on hot cocoa. Don’t forget the whipped cream here. It will help tone down that spicy Serrano chile!

Get the Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate
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Chambord (Raspberry) Hot Chocolate: Raspberry and chocolate is a classic pairing, so it’s no wonder that raspberry liqueurs work well in the steaming hot beverage. Whipped cream or marshmallows on top will round out the acidity in the chocolate and the fruity liquor, so don’t skip them!

Get the Recipe: Host The Toast

Orange Spiked Hot Chocolate: Grand Marnier is responsible for a lot of the orange flavor in this one, but don’t skip the zest if you really want the citrus flavors to shine through.

Get the Recipe: Vanilla And Bean

Whether you’re a wine lover, a bourbon connoisseur, or a Friday night friend of tequila, there’s a warm and seasonally sweet beverage made for you. So grab your favorite insulated mug and make a batch of adult hot chocolate. Just don’t skip the marshmallows! No one’s ever too old for marshmallows.

Lauren Sakiyama Lauren Sakiyama
Lauren Sakiyama is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. She has managed restaurants, country clubs, and large-scale event operations, but her passion has always been about the food. Read Full Bio »

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