Want to learn how to make hot chocolate better? The simple answer: add equal parts booze and pizzazz.
One of my favorite winter activities is heading to the sofa with a hot cup of cocoa and curling up with a good book. It's a great way to decompress from all the holiday seasons madness and take a few precious morsels of time just for me.
However, with my annual holiday party right around the corner, I wanted to be able to share my love for hot cocoa with guests. To give it a party kick, I decided to take my hot chocolate game to the next level with the addition of alcohol and sweet accouterments, like homemade Bailey's whipped marshmallows.
Searching for boozy hot chocolate ideas, I came across a great curated list of recipes via BuzzFeed. Check it out or read on to see my absolute faves from the list.
Use this gourmet kit to brew up artisan hot cocoa in a matter of seconds! Subtle notes of Mezcal, Chipotle, and hazelnut make for an incredibly decadent marriage of sweet and spicy flavors. Makes a great gift for friends, family, or that special someone. Or get it for yourself and treat yourself to the quintessential holiday treat. Learn more here.
Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows
AKA yes, even marshmallows can be boozified.
(Full recipe here.)
Bacon Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
AKA is this even legal??
(Hot chocolate, bacon, bourbon, and Frangelico. Recipe here.)
Hot Chocolate Martini
AKA how to impress your neighbors…
(Hot chocolate, vanilla vodka, and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Recipe here.)
Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate
AKA drinkable pumpkin pie? Sign me up! Drinkable pumpkin pie with booze? Sign me up for a lifetime membership.
(White chocolate, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie liqueur. Recipe here.)
Coconut White Hot Chocolate
AKA dreaming of spring break in December.
(White hot chocolate, coconut rum. Recipe here.)
Irish Hot Chocolate
AKA celebrating the holidays like a true Irishman/woman.
(Hot chocolate, Guinness, whiskey, and Bailey’s. Recipe here.)
Frozen Hot Chocolate Margarita
AKA you're living in SoCal like me, and you need something to cool down rather than warm up with!
(Frozen hot chocolate, tequila, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier. Recipe here.)
Now go forth and dress up your hot chocolate!