No matter how many hot cocoa recipes you try, let’s face it: It’s hard to screw up hot chocolate. As long as you have all your hot cocoa bar essentials in order, it doesn’t take much to whip up a delicious chocolatey beverage. Know what can make hot cocoa even more fun? BOOZE! From the newest trend of adding red wine to Kahlua and more, there are plenty of liqueurs you can mix into your cuppa to make it for *adults-only.* Here are 13 of our favorite boozy hot chocolate recipes to keep you totally toasty (and toasted) this winter.
1. Cinnamon Hot Chocolate With Rum and Horchata: Rum and horchata — also known as RumChata — combines the kick of rum with the flavors of ground almonds, tiger nuts, sesame seeds and grains such as rice and barley. This winter, mix RumChata in with some hot chocolate and top with cinnamon and whipped cream. Score! (via Fashion Edible)
2. Red Wine Hot Chocolate: Yes, red wine hot chocolate is a thing, and we’re obsessed. Here’s a tip: Change out the varietal of wine you use in order to adjust the sweetness level of your cocoa. If you prefer a sweeter drink, go for a strawberry wine, and if you prefer something a little drier, add some shiraz or merlot. (via Wholefully)
3. Boozy or Not White Hot Chocolate: You can make this white hot cocoa with vanilla vodka, or keep it virgin. The choice is yours, but we definitely recommend adding sprinkles and white chocolate shavings on top either way. (via Sugar and Soul)
4. Kahlua Hot Chocolate: This super simple recipe takes only 10 minutes to make, and it calls for ingredients you probably already have on hand at home. Hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, Kahlua, milk and sugar, to be exact. (via Damn Delicious)
5. Spiked and Spicy Hot Chocolate: Chocolate pairs well with spicy flavors. They bring out its nuttiness and add a little kick to its sweetness. This particular drink, which is topped with pillowy, fluffy marshmallows, is a case in point. (via A Cocktail Life)
6. Hot Chocolate del Diablo: Speaking of spicy hot chocolate, this concoction is called “del diablo” for a reason. We’re not messing around here: This bad boy calls for Patron Incendio tequila (yes, tequila!), which is infused with chocolate and chili peppers. Now THAT is hot. (via Broma Bakery)
7. Vegan Boozy Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate: Chipotle and cayenne pepper add a bit of spice to this super yummy hot chocolate concoction. And, BONUS, it’s 100 percent vegan! Add coconut whip on top for a little extra oomph. (via Kara Lydon)
8. Malibu Hot Chocolate: HOW did we not think of combining Malibu with hot chocolate years ago?! The coconutty flavors of Malibu rum go amazingly well with chocolate, and whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles are the perfect icing on the cake. (via Shock Munch)
9. Red Wine Hot Chocolate: In case one red wine hot chocolate recipe wasn’t enough, we thought we’d share this iteration as well. You’ll want to melt a few chunks of dark chocolate over the stove (rather than using a cocoa mix) to ensure that the consistency of the cocoa is thick enough to hold the red wine. (via Imma Eat That)
10. Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate: Black cherries dipped in chocolate make for a classic combo, and this boozy beverage takes the concept to the next level. Use some black cherry-flavored rum to make your classic hot chocolate stand out from the crowd. (via Sugar and Soul)
11. Whiskey Hot Chocolate: This one’s for all you whiskey lovers out there. This recipe will warm you down to your toes with whiskey, cocoa powder, chili powder and whole milk. It’s old-fashioned in the very best sense of the word. (via My Dish is Bomb)
12. Stout Hot Chocolate With Ice Cream: If you prefer beer to liquor, this will be your go-to drink for the cooler months. Trust us. We recommend springing for a craft chocolate stout for the ultimate in flavor and quality. (via Floating Kitchen)
13. RumChata White Hot Chocolate: This recipe calls on the flavors of RumChata once again, this time in conjunction with white chocolate. Pro tip: When you’re heating this mixture, make sure not to let the milk boil. Keep it at a low simmer as you add your white chocolate, vanilla extract and, of course, your booze. (via Delish D’Lites)
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