One of the greatest pleasures of the holiday season is indulging in a yummy, boozy beverage. The best festive cocktails incorporate popular seasonal flavors and give the drinker a warm, cozy feeling. For the ultimate winter treat, try making a cocktail with hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate cocktails are sweet and decadent. Depending on the recipe, hot chocolate cocktails can work well for a family-friendly event or a night out with pals. Read on to be inspired by these delicious hot chocolate cocktail ideas.
For another variation on the classic hot chocolate and liquor combination, check out this easy recipe for a boozy hot chocolate. You won’t need any extra sugar or salt for this cocktail since the recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, an already balanced flavor.
Add mini marshmallows and top it off with Irish cream if you want an extra treat.
A Mexican hot chocolate cocktail is a great mix of sweet and spicy, and an excellent option for a festive party. The recipe uses oat milk as a base—making it a great choice for dairy-free folks—and seasons the chocolate with cinnamon and chili powder.
Hot chocolate martinis are a swanky twist on the hot chocolate concept. Instead of a regular hot chocolate recipe, the martini version uses vanilla vodka, cold hot cocoa, and dark creme de cacao to create a refreshing and decadent cocktail.
This recipe also suggests garnishing the martini with roasted marshmallows for a classy finish.
If you like slushies or milkshakes, you’ll love this frozen hot chocolate martini recipe. Making this drink is a simple process, requiring you only to mix vanilla vodka, hot chocolate mix, and ice in a blender. You can easily make this drink in a big batch for your next holiday party.
A Dirty Snowman is a magical winter cocktail for anyone hoping to connect with their inner child. This hot chocolate cocktail has yummy ingredients, such as chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
The drink also features the popular sweet liquor Kahlua, making a Dirty Snowman almost more of a sundae than a cocktail.
This peppermint schnapps hot chocolate pays attention to the details when it comes to flavor. Rather than only using a cocoa mix, this recipe also calls for chocolate chips, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sugar, resulting in a complex chocolate concoction.
For the peppermint schnapps, the recipe recommends using either 30 or 60-proof schnapps, depending on your preference.
While many hot chocolate cocktail recipes rely on vanilla vodka or Irish cream, this cocktail recipe uses amaretto. Amaretto is an almond-based Italian liqueur, and when you mix it with hot chocolate you get a nutty, chocolatey treat.
If you’re serving this cocktail to guests, top it with whipped cream and almond slices.
This recipe for spiked hot chocolate whiskey with marshmallows has a fun twist: apple pie spice. You wouldn’t think to put apple pie spice in hot chocolate, but the warm spice blend goes amazingly with the chocolate and Irish whiskey.
For this drink, you’ll also want to buy large marshmallows so you can get that gooey, melted effect.
A campfire s’mores hot chocolate cocktail is a whiskey-based drink that leans heavily on the marshmallow aspect of the hot chocolate experience. You’ll love this delicious cocktail if you enjoy sugary, creamy desserts.
Although this beverage has a lot of added ingredients, all of them support the natural qualities of whiskey, such as honey and chocolate.
Unicorn hot chocolate is a truly original cocktail that will surprise and delight your loved ones. The clever trick for this beverage is to take white hot chocolate and add food coloring to create fantastical colors, akin to a magical unicorn.
For alcohol, the recipe calls for two liqueurs: creme de cacao, for the chocolate flavor, and creme de Casis, which provides an interesting blackcurrant taste.
With hot chocolate cocktails, you can take a childhood winter treat and give it an adult remix. Whether you enjoy a simple hot chocolate with whiskey or a fancy cocktail with lots of flavors and toppings, this list is a great starting point for finding your ideal hot chocolate cocktail recipe.
Did we forget your favorite hot chocolate cocktail? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll be sure to check it out!
16 Delicious Hot Chocolate Cocktails for the Holiday Season
I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.