Spiked hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. And if you’re not content with just any run-of-the-mill hot cocoa, these five spiked recipes will help you spice things up. Each one uses a different type of chocolate liqueur—Irish cream, peppermint schnapps, Kahlua, or Bailey’s—so you can experiment with different flavors and find your favorite!

You can’t go wrong with a warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening.

You can’t go wrong with a warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. Hot chocolate is a great winter drink for kids and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to get kids to eat more chocolate. In fact, hot chocolate has been shown to improve brain function and memory in young adults when eaten regularly… which means it can be used as an educational tool!

There are many ways to make hot chocolate: you can use milk or cream; you can add sugar or sweeten it naturally with honey; you can even spike your cup with rum or bourbon if that’s how you roll. The key is finding the right balance between sweet, creamy goodness (the kind that makes your heart skip a beat) and rich decadence (the kind that makes your stomach growl).

It’s easy to make hot chocolate even more delicious by adding in booze.

There’s nothing quite like a spiked hot chocolate to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. But why settle for just any old spiked hot chocolate when you can make one that’s even tastier?

Here are some tips and tricks to help you make a truly delicious spiked cocoa:

  • Make sure your chocolate is high quality. This will affect the taste of your drink, so choose wisely!
  • Use a good-quality liqueur or whiskey in your recipe (or both!) It will really enhance the flavor of the drink.
  • Make sure your heat source isn’t too high when heating up the liquid mixture; otherwise it’ll burn before getting fully integrated into everything else… which means no deliciousness at all! Instead, just keep an eye on what temperature setting is being used so there doesn’t end up being too much oxidation happening during the cooking time (oxidization makes food go bad faster).

Irish Cream Hot Chocolate

If you’re looking for a hot chocolate recipe that’s as fancy and delicious as it is simple, look no further than Irish cream. It’s a liqueur made from Irish whiskey, cream, and sugar—and it was originally used to flavor ice cream! Nowadays people use it to flavor their hot chocolate instead of the usual cocoa powder or milk. 


  • 1 cup prepared hot chocolate
  • 2 ounces Bailey’s Original Irish Cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate topping

Recipe Steps: Combine the hot chocolate and Bailey’s into a mug and top with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate

Preparing a fantastic homemade hot chocolate is the first step in making these boozy peppermint mochas. Vodka, crème de menthe, whipped cream, and crushed candy canes are added afterward. The end product is a warm, lively drink with lots of holiday flair. A fantastic holiday drink for the fireplace!

Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/3 cup Peppermint Mocha Creamer
  • 5 1/2 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 tablespoons Irish Cream

Peppermint Mocha Whipped Cream

Optional Garnishes

  • Marshmallows
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes

Recipe Steps: 

Hot Chocolate: A 1 1/2 quart pot should be filled with whole milk, Peppermint Mocha Creamer, and chocolate. While continuously whisking, bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat. Let the mixture simmer for about 1 minute after it comes to a simmer. Whisk in the Irish cream after turning off the heat. Serve right away, and if desired, top with whipped cream and additional garnishes.

Nutella Bailey’s Hot Chocolate

This spiked hot chocolate recipe is for those who love Nutella. The sweet, creamy spread makes this drink a decadent delight. It’s only fitting that you would add a splash of Bailey’s to the mix as well. Don’t forget some bits of chocolate shavings on top! If you don’t want to make your own marshmallows, it’s okay; simply use store-bought mini marshmallows instead.


  • 120g Nutella
  • 1-liter half-and-half
  • a generous pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 100ml single cream
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tbsp rum


Recipe Steps: Use a large pan to gradually warm the milk and Nutella until they are blended and melted. Add the ground cinnamon. Continue to heat slowly while whisking in the sugar, cream, and chocolate. Stir in the rum before serving in mugs with your preferred toppings, like whipped cream.

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate With Rumchata

Hot chocolate blended with RumChata liquor is a creamier variation of hot chocolate. RumChata is a cream-based liqueur modeled after a combination of horchata and rum, similar to Irish cream. Rice, cinnamon, and vanilla are the main ingredients of the popular Mexican drink horchata, which results in a creamy but cooling beverage.


A rich, decadent beverage with the ideal flavor balance is the product when all of these elements are combined.



  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons of cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon Rumchata
  • Whipped cream, optional


Recipe Steps: Heat the milk, half-and-half, cocoa, and sugar in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Continually stir.  Remove milk from heat after it begins to steam, then stir in the vanilla and Rumchata. Serve with whipped cream.

Spiked Chai Hot Chocolate

Chai tea is a spiced hot beverage made from black tea, water, milk, and spices. It’s commonly served in India and Pakistan and is also called masala chai.

While this drink is delicious on its own, it can be even more enjoyable when incorporated into something else—like spiked hot chocolate! Chai tea-infused vodka gives this version of spiked hot chocolate a little extra kick while still maintaining the drink’s creamy texture. The best part? This recipe takes less than ten minutes to make!


  • 8 oz milk
  • 2 heaping tbsp hazelnut spread
  • 1 tsp chocolate sauce
  • 1.5 oz Chai Cream Liqueur
  • Whipped cream or marshmallows (for topping)
  • Shaved chocolate

Recipe Steps: The milk should be heated for 2 minutes in a small saucepan over medium/low heat or for 2 minutes in the microwave in a heatproof mug. Add the chocolate,  Chai Cream Liqueur, and hazelnut spread while continuing to stir. Stir until ingredients are combined and serve.  Add whipped cream or marshmallows as a garnish.

Everyone should know how to make a good hot chocolate.

Hot cocoa is a classic winter drink that everyone should know how to make well. But if you can’t decide which recipe to use, why not try adding some booze?

If you’re looking for some new ways to spice up your hot chocolate, these recipes are a great place to start. Whether it’s with a little Irish cream or Nutella Bailey’s, there is something here for everyone. The classic spiked hot chocolate is also always a good option if you want something simple and delicious. And don’t forget about the s’mores version! I hope this article has given you some inspiration in making your next mug of hot cocoa even more exciting than before!


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