Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe

This Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe will warm you up from the inside out! There’s nothing like a rich, creamy, warm drink to get you through the cold weather!

Bulleit Peppermint Hot Chocolate with garnish

A Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate and marshmallows, it’s a classic combo. This Boozy Hot Chocolate hits all the notes!

Bourbon and chocolate, also a classic combo. Bourbon chocolate balls or these Bourbon bacon chocolate chip cookies are all some of our favorites.

And it’s not just for the kids anymore – not when we’re adding in some high quality bourbon to the mix. The base of this recipe is good for the whole family though, kids and adults alike. Just add in the booze at the end for the adults!

Homemade hot chocolate should be enjoyed by everyone. Add all the garnish and toppings for the kids, leave out the bourbon, and you’re all set!

Also, if you’ve never made hot chocolate from scratch before the time to start is now. It is so much better than anything you’re going to get from a package, as most things are, but until you try it you’re not going to know.

How To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate

All you need to do is heat up some milk and heavy cream in a sauce pan over low heat.

Once the milk and cream mixture is warm, add in cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt (brings out the chocolate flavor, trust me) and last, the bourbon and peppermint schnapps.

You can add more or less depending on how strong you like it but about a shot worked out well for me.

I mean you want to have more than one of these, right?

Bulleit Peppermint Hot Chocolate top

Before you get ready to pour, rim your mug with some crushed peppermint candy. It not only looks cool but it adds a great flavor to the hot chocolate.

Now you’re ready to pour in your hot chocolate and top it with all the marshmallows it can handle. Don’t you remember getting that hot chocolate packet as a kid and there were like 5 tiny, dehydrated marshmallows in it?

Not for our hot chocolate. We’re adding as many as we can. Serve this boozy hot chocolate up whenever it’s cold outside and you’ll warm up in minutes!

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Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x

This Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe will warm you up from the inside out! There’s nothing like a rich, creamy, warm drink to get you through the cold weather!



  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Marshmallows for topping
  • Crushed peppermint candies for rimming the mug


  1. Dip the rim of a heat-proof mug into a shallow dish of corn syrup and then into another shallow dish with the crushed peppermints, turning to coat the rim.
  2. Heat the milk and cream combination in a small saucepan over low heat until small bubbles form on the rim of the pan.
  3. Add in the cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, salt and bourbon.
  4. Stir and heat for another 2-3 minutes until warm.
  5. Pour into the rimmed mug and top with marshmallows.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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