Black Friday is upon us and we have to admit it’s almost become a holiday unto itself. Whether you’re out shopping for deals or catching some football games on the TV, there’s much to do and see. We thought you might need a pick-me-up after running around town or lazing about on the couch, so we created a caffeinated libation as a little treat that will still keep you on your feet.

Your Black Friday Pick-Me-Up: Spiked Chocolate Espresso

Makes 6 small drinks


– 3 cups water

– 3 Starbucks Via instant coffee packets (unflavored)

– 3 ounces chocolate-flavored vodka

– 1 cup whipping cream

– 2 tablespoons whipped cream-flavored vodka

– Cocoa powder to garnish

Gather your ingredients.

Heat water on stove until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in 3 packets of Starbucks Via instant coffee. Then stir in your chocolate vodka.

At this point, it’s helpful to transfer mixture to a liquid measuring cup for easier pouring.

In a medium-size bowl, combine whipping cream and whipped cream-flavored vodka. Use a hand mixer to whip cream to soft peaks.

See those soft peaks?

Now you’re ready to assemble. Pretty easy so far, huh? Divide espresso mixture among 6 glasses.

Top with whipped cream…

and sprinkle with a little cocoa powder.

Finito! Don’t you look like an Italian barista? Serve your libation warm or cold and enjoy your Black Friday pick-me-up.

What are you doing for Black Friday? Let us know in the comments section below.