16 Hot Chocolate Cocktails for Winter

Discovering hot chocolate cocktails changed the game for me. They blend the comforting warmth of traditional hot chocolate with a spirited kick, offering a cozy, adult twist to a childhood favorite. These recipes play with flavors, from peppermint and bourbon to spiced rum and hazelnut liqueur, making each sip a celebration of taste. They’re not just drinks; they’re warm hugs in a mug, with the added joy of a little buzz. Every recipe I’ve tried has been a hit, perfect for gatherings or quiet nights in. Trust me, exploring this roundup of hot chocolate cocktails is a must.

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A warm and inviting hot chocolate cocktail in a large, cozy mug, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. The cocktail emits steam, suggesting its warmth, and is served on a rustic wooden table. Beside the mug, there's a cinnamon stick, a few marshmallows, and a small plate of chocolate shavings. In the background, there's a softly glowing fireplace and a comfortable, plush armchair, creating a cozy winter ambiance. The overall setting is relaxing and homely, perfect for a cold winter day, with a focus on the hot chocolate cocktail.

16 Hot Chocolate Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot chocolate cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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16 Hot Chocolate Cocktails for Winter
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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