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Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Last Updated on June 12, 2023 by Leah Hall

Spiked Hot Chocolate is like regular hot chocolate, but made adult and spiked with alcohol! You can spike it with whatever you would like, the possibilities are endless. Perfect for holidays and all winter long!


Do you want a cozy winter drink that warms you from the inside out? There is nothing better at taking a chill off than a homemade Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe! A mug of liquid chocolate that is rich and creamy, and with a dash of sweet liqueur or whiskey, it gives it a rich addition of vanilla. Or, add peppermint schnapps for a peppermint twist.


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Spiked Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with holly, whipped cream on top, pine stir stick and gold deer spoon

We have some great ideas of flavors and liquors to add to make your spiked hot chocolate even better!


Spiked Hot Chocolate

The best thing about Spiked Hot Chocolate is that it’s customizable. It’s a easy serve at parties, where you can put out various ingredients and let your guests choose their own flavors and toppings. Choose a chocolate that will melt smoothly in your recipe. The milk choice is also up for debate. Choose whole milk or half and half for a richer drink, and lower fat milk for a lighter beverage. Same goes for non dairy choices as well – oat milk, almond milk, etc.

This is a homemade hot chocolate recipe made for booze, and you can make it work with just about any combo of alcohol. Not sure what to pick? Make sure to read our list of suggestions below. 

Spiked Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with holly, whipped cream on top, pine stir stick and gold deer spoon

Best Liquor to Spike Hot Chocolate

What’s the best ingredient to spike your hot chocolate? Here are some of our favorite liquors for spiked hot chocolate and tasting notes. Remember, your possibilities are endless, and really any combination will work, let us know what we missed in the comments!

  • Aged or Dark Rum – Adds vanilla and oak flavors
  • Bourbon/Whiskey/Rye – makes your cocoa cozy with a boozy bite
  • Creme de Menthe/Peppermint Schnapps: Minty and smooth! Makes your hot chocolate sweeter, so be aware of that. We have a great Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate recipe, too!
  • Galliano/Licor 43– Vanilla liqueur, adds vanilla and spice flavor to a spiked hot chocolate.
  • Baileys – This Irish Whiskey liqueur adds a sweet and creamy chocolate note to any hot chocolate.
  • Kahlua – This rum based liqueur is sweet and full of coffee and chocolate flavors. Get the recipe for our Kahlua Hot Chocolate.
  • Creme de Cacao (dark or light) – Adds even more chocolate flavor with this cocoa liqueur.
  • Cointreau or Triple Sec – Adds orange flavor to your hot cocoa. Orange and chocolate are great friends.
  • Flavored Vodka – Vanilla Vodka, Whipped Cream Vodka, Orange vodka. If you love vodka there are many choices.
  • Frangelico – hazelnut flavored liqueur.
  • Patron XO Cafe – tequila-based coffee liqueur
  • Rumchata – rum based, creamy cinnamon liqueur
  • Brandy – will add a rich and dark flavor to the spiked hot chocolate.
  • Peanut Butter Whiskey – this is what we used in this recipe in the pictures. Made it almost taste like a peanut butter cup!
  • Chambord – a berry flavored liqueur like a chocolate covered fruit!
  • Chartreuse – a Apres Ski cocktail, we have a post all about that too!
  • Amaretto – an almond liqueur would go very well with any hot chocolate.
  • Cinnamon Schnapps – this cinnamon liqueur is sweet, but will add a lot of flavor!
  • Fireball Whiskey – a sweet cinnamon whiskey.

Spiked Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with holly, whipped cream on top, pine stir stick and gold deer spoon

How to Make Spiked Hot Chocolate

Once you have decided your base liquor, making this spiked hot chocolate recipe is easy! Whisk together your ingredients on the stove, then add the alcohol in your mug, and done! Here are a few tips:

  • Multiply for a crowd – The recipe below makes 4 servings, so multiply for as many as you want. Or more than 1 mugful for yourself.
  • Cocoa Powder vs Chocolate Bar – When a recipe calls for cocoa powder instead of chocolate, or vice versa, there is a pretty good reason why. We used a chocolate bar in this recipe. See why below.
    • Cocoa powder – Cocoa powder has less cocoa butter in it, which can bring a stronger chocolate flavor. There may be “Dutch-process” on the cocoa label, which means it has been treated with alkali to decrease sharpness and increase pH. You can use it to make spiked hot chocolate, just adjust milk and sugar amounts, and mix really well to keep it from becoming clumpy and grainy.
    • Chocolate Bar. This choice has a higher ratio of cocoa butter to cocoa solids. Usually solid chocolate often brings a smoother and creamier texture, which is why we chose it for this spiked hot chocolate. We chose a dark 65% bar, which gave the hot chocolate a bit of bitterness, but went well with the alcohol. 80% can be used as well, but it will be more bitter.
  • How much alcohol do you add to spiked hot chocolate? We usually add 2 ounces of alcohol to every 6-8 ounces of hot chocolate. You can change that amount up, depending on the strength or sweetness of the alcohol used. You can always start with a lesser amount and add more if needed to make your perfect spiked hot chocolate!

Spiked Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with holly, whipped cream on top, pine stir stick and gold deer spoon

Garnish Your Spiked Hot Chocolate

  • Marshmallows – always a fun topping, and adds a bit of kid like whimsy.
  • Whipped Cream – A classic for a reason. Go the extra mile and make it homemade!
  • Shaved Chocolate – Grate some of that extra chocolate bar on top of your whipped cream.
  • Crushed Peppermint – This topper is perfect, especially if you’ve spiked your drink with peppermint schnapps or Baileys. A whole candy cane can be fun, too. Or sprinkled on top of that homemade whipped cream.
  • Caramel or Chocolate Syrup – A drizzle of syrup can be fun!
  • Cinnamon – A sprinkle of ground cinnamon adds lots of flavor and is great with chocolate. A whole cinnamon stick if fun, too!
  • Coarse Sea Salt – Chocolate and salt are sure friends, and enhances flavor while also taking a bit of sweetness away.
  • Chocolate Chips – many varieties are available, but we lean toward mini chocolate chips, toffee bits or peppermint chips.
  • Oreo Cookies – crushed cookies make a great way to rim the glass, or sprinkled on top.
  • Sprinkles – especially if colored, makes for a fun dash on the top of the hot chocolate.
  • Pirouette Cookies – if you need a snack, these are great!

Spiked Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with holly, whipped cream on top, pine stir stick and gold deer spoon

More Hot Alcoholic Cocktails

When winter rolls around, warm cocktails are what we are drinking! Here are some of our favorite hot alcoholic drinks:

Spiked Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with holly, whipped cream on top, pine stir stick and gold deer spoon



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Spiked Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with holly, whipped cream on top, pine stir stick and gold deer spoon
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Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

A customizable and fun hot chocolate recipe perfect for warming up with. This spiked hot chocolate has endless flavor possbilities depending on your choice of chocolate, milk and alcohol! Make one asap!


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounce chocolate bar, we used a 70% cocoa bar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar or Demerara Sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 ounces of your choice of liquor


  1. Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Warm until just steaming. Whisk in the chocolate until melted.
  2. Bring to a simmer, don't let it boil over. Whisk constantly for 3-5 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
  3. Remove from heat and add sugar and salt. Stir until mixed and sugar melted.
  4. Divide liquor between 4 mugs and then top with chocolate mix. Top with your choice of garnish.
  5. Cheers!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 613Total Fat: 22.9gSaturated Fat: 15.3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 66.8gFiber: 1.9gSugar: 63.3gProtein: 10.3g

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