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10 Best Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipes

These boozy hot chocolate recipes are exactly what adulting is all about!

They blend your favorite childhood drink with your spirit of choice. 

Try it with bourbon for a stiff drink. Or pour in the Baileys for a sweet and satisfying treat.

Boozy Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon and Marshmallows
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Between all the booze and the chocolate, it’s the perfect hot drink to warm you up this winter!

This decadent adult beverage is also great for parties, holidays, or sipping by the fire. Plus, it’s easy to customize and easy to make.

So bust out the marshmallows and whipped cream because it’s boozy hot chocolate time!

1. Adult Hot Chocolate

If you could only imbibe in one cup of boozy hot chocolate, make it this epic treat. 

It goes above and beyond a simple splash of bourbon in instant hot cocoa. Although, it has that dark liquor, too.

What sets the bar exceptionally high is the hot chocolate and Irish cream are both homemade!

Add some Frangelico to the mix, and you have the ultimate cozy recipe.

And if you really want to impress, serve it with some of these chocolate covered marshmallows!

2. Spiked Hot Chocolate

Four ingredients are all it takes to make a proper cup of spiked hot chocolate. 

Combine unsweetened cocoa powder, a couple of spoonfuls of sugar, and whole milk.

For the alcohol, insert your favorite liquor here.

Fresh homemade whipped cream is the perfect touch. It only requires two ingredients and a few minutes of your time. 

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It’s perfect if you’re waiting for Santa to come down the chimney or gathering with old friends.

You’ll always want to have this spiked hot chocolate recipe handy. 

I have a good hunch you, your friends, and your family might be indulging from time to time all winter long. 

3. Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Whether you’re having a gal pal gathering or a lazy night in, red wine hot chocolate is great for so many occasions. 

Fix up a hot cup and you’ll be living in luxury. It’s super creamy, very chocolatey, and highly decadent. 

Use both whole milk and half-and-half to make it extra rich. As for the chocolate, it’s semi-sweet Ghirardelli for the win!

Help yourself to a second cup. With adult hot chocolate this good, you won’t mind being a little bit of a lush.

4. Vodka Hot Chocolate

Vodka hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up on a blustery day. 

But be forewarned, it’s so easy and quick that you might whip up another batch.

It only calls for four ingredients and 5 minutes of your time.

You heat milk on the stove, toss in semi-sweet chocolate chips, pour in heavy cream, and spike it with vodka. 

Although it cooks super quick, you’ll want to keep a watchful eye. Chocolate can wind up burning fast. 

Now comes the hard part, marshmallows or whipped cream?

5. Hot Chocolate Spiked with Rum

Why is all the rum gone? Because someone in the house just discovered this recipe.

You can make this with regular rum or get creative with it. Gold, dark, coconut, spiced, and raspberry all taste nice.

Rum aside, you’ll love the dark chocolate and hint of cinnamon.

Use whole milk to make it creamy or go with low-fat for the skinny cocktail version. 

The hot chocolate will be done in about 5 minutes, so have your mugs ready.

6. Highland Whiskey Spiked Hot Chocolate

You know it’s a special occasion in my house when we bust out the Highland whisky!

This Scotch whisky is a great choice to add a little pep to your hot cocoa.

Of course, you can use any whiskey you like, whether it be Scotch or Irish.

Whichever type you choose, keep it simple with classic Swiss Miss and jumbo fluffy marshmallows. 

You can doctor it up even more with some coarse brown sugar and a pinch of salt. 

7. Baileys Hot Chocolate

When the holiday season rolls around, I reach for my favorite boozy treat, Baileys hot chocolate!

This creamy chocolate drink is an irresistible treat. I love sharing it with company and like to fix up a hot mug after a long day.

Plus, you don’t have to be a professional mixologist to make it. All you need is just two ingredients: Baileys and hot chocolate. 

I tend to stick with the classic Irish cream flavor, but you can try any Baileys flavor you like. They all work great!

8. Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate

Peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate are two classic holiday flavors. So putting the two together is purely a no-brainer.

The combination of mint and chocolate tastes like a Peppermint Patty candy all in one glass. 

Finish it off with a dollop of whipped cream and a candy cane for a classic Christmas touch.

What you want to watch out for, though, is the proof of your schnapps. 

Choose something around 30 or 60 proof. Otherwise, it will be far too boozy and too light on the chocolate.

9. Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Is it just me or are Kahlua and hot chocolate made for one another? I thought you would agree!

When you mix this coffee liquor with hot chocolate, it tastes like holiday magic in a glass. 

Although it only calls for two ingredients, you need to get the right ratios.

So you might need to play around with how much Kahlua you pour in. 

Creamy, chocolatey, and delightfully boozy, Kahlua hot chocolate is a luscious drink with minimal fuss.

It’s an easy chocolate cocktail for parties, brunches, holidays, desserts, and more.  

10. Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate with Alcohol

Are you hosting a winter party? Throw on a pot of this adult hot chocolate. 

You start by pouring whole milk, condensed milk, and chocolate chips into the slow cooker.

While you’re at it, add a splash of vanilla. 

Let it cook low and slow, then pour in the liquor. 

You have many options to choose from.

But I just love this combination of Baileys, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and whipped cream vodka. 

It’s so decadent, you hardly taste the booze! So watch out because it can sneak up on you. 

10 Best Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipes

Warm your soul with these boozy hot chocolate recipes! From wine to bourbon to Baileys, these drinks are great no matter how you spike them.


  • Adult Hot Chocolate

  • Spiked Hot Chocolate

  • Red Wine Hot Chocolate

  • Vodka Hot Chocolate

  • Hot Chocolate Spiked with Rum

  • Highland Whiskey Spiked Hot Chocolate

  • Baileys Hot Chocolate

  • Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate

  • Kahlua Hot Chocolate

  • Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate with Alcohol


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  • Organize all the required ingredients.
  • Prep a boozy hot chocolate in 30 minutes or less!
Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipes

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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