Hot chocolate is definitely a guilty pleasure, especially around the holiday season, and you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the rich flavors of cream and cocoa. It might seem like the drink couldn’t get any better, but for those who have reached a legal drinking age, boozy hot chocolate is about to knock your socks off. Hot chocolate was great before, but mix in your favorite alcohol, and these drinks are a game-changer.
Whether you’re spending a cozy night in with friends or throwing the ultimate winter holiday party, you’ll want to try one of these seven boozy hot chocolate recipes—that’s what being an adult is for, after all.
1. Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Who’s going to say no to a combination of the most soothing drinks around: red wine and hot chocolate. This recipe is made best with a dry wine such as Merlot, Shiraz, or Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s as rich as it is boozy.
2. Bailey’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Minty hot chocolate is always a good option. This creamy cocoa is spiked with Bailey’s as well as Peppermint Schnapps, giving it a fresh kick.
Recipe: 3 Yummy Tummies
3. Fireball Mexican Hot Chocolate
If you’re more into spicy, then you’ll enjoy this Mexican hot chocolate that includes fireball. The cinnamon-spice flavor of the whiskey mixes in well with other spices in the Mexican hot chocolate, and we can guarantee this drink will definitely warm you up.
Recipe: What’s Cooking America
4. Kahlua Hot Chocolate
This Kahlua-filled cozy hot chocolate is oozing with marshmallows, chocolate sauce and salted caramel. Move over Starbucks, we’re drinking this instead.
Recipe: Damn Delicious
5. Butterscotch Whiskey Hot Chocolate
This drink is perfect for your inner child as well as your adult side. Nothing says adult more than infusing your drink with whiskey, but with that butterscotch flavor, you’ll be going crazy like a kid in a candy store.
Recipe: Spicy Southern Kitchen
6. Amaretto Hot Chocolate
This nutty hot cocoa has a subtle almond flavor thanks to the addition of amaretto liquor. It’s made even more decadent with its toppings of slivered almonds and chocolate shavings. Mmm.
Recipe: Delightfule Made
7. Boozy Raspberry Hot Chocolate
If you’re more of a fruit and chocolate lover, you’ll want to sip on this Chambord-laced hot chocolate topped with raspberries and whipped cream. The taste of the dark chocolate mixes especially well with the fruitiness of the liqueur.
Recipe: Host The Toast