December 15, 2017

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipes

One of the things that was on my Christmas To-Do List this year was to make some boozy hot chocolate, and I couldn't let you or myself down and not share some delicious recipes.
I mixed in some non-boozy ones because Christmas is a time to remember and after one too many cups of spiked cinnamon hot cocoa, you may not want to move off the couch to do anything else. I've done my due holiday diligence and tested each and every one of these- most have come from my own experimenting and some with outside inspiration, but they're all delicious. So let's dig on in and get to sipping something nice ;)

First- my recipe for homemade hot cocoa- this will make 5 cups.

You will need:
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups milk

To make:
Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan.
Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.
Remove from the heat and stir well. Serve immediately.
Spiked Cinnamon Sugar Hot Cocoa
Add 1 part Cinnabon Pinnacle Vodka & a drop of vanilla extract and stir with cinnamon stick
Top with marshmallows and cinnamon sugar

Spiced Chocolate Hot Cocoa
Add a dash of cinnamon, chili powder, cayenne pepper and nutmeg 
Top with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips

Nutella Lovers Hot Cocoa
Add 2 spoonfuls of Nutella and a pinch of salt
Top with mini marshmallow, chocolate syrup and cookie crumbles

Mint Mocha Hot Cocoa
Add 1 cup of brewed coffee, 1 part Peppermint Schnapps or peppermint extract and stir
Top with whipped cream, mini marshmallows and candy cane bits

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa
Add 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, a dash of allspice & nutmeg and stir
Top with mini marshmallows, whipped cream & a gingerbread cookie


You can get my mug and other awesome seasonal things to get you in the spirit by shopping the widget below. I'm thinking Santa needs to bring me another Home Alone sweatshirt ;)

Have a wonderful winter weekend friends! What's your favorite hot cocoa to make?

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