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Homemade Adult Hot Chocolate

Boozy Spiced Hot Chocolate

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  • Author: Honest Cooking
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This boozy hot chocolate is your classic cocoa with a twist – infused with a homemade blend of warm spices and enriched with bourbon’s smooth kick. It’s perfect for those moments when you want to elevate your comfort drink into something a bit more sophisticated.


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Spice Mix:

  • 3 tsp (15 ml) cinnamon
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) ground nutmeg
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) ginger
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) allspice

Hot Cocoa:

  • 2 cups (480 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) pure cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) spice mix
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla bean paste
  • 2 oz (60 ml) bourbon
  • Optional toppings: whipping cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings


  1. Prepare the Spice Mix:
    • Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice in a bowl.
    • Mix well and store in an airtight container.
  2. Make the Hot Cocoa:
    • In a saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, icing sugar, and spice mix.
    • Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture starts to simmer.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste and bourbon.
  3. Serve:
    • Pour the hot chocolate into mugs.
    • Add your favorite toppings like whipping cream, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings.
    • Enjoy a relaxing moment with this warming, spiced beverage.


  • Adjust the amount of bourbon to suit your taste.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, omit the bourbon and add an extra splash of vanilla.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Drink, Hot Chocolate
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: American
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