Five boozy hot chocolates your granny wouldn’t make

Ever tried alcohol-spiked hot chocolate? Once you’ve sampled our sumptuous recipes, you’ll never look back. A splash of double cream here, a dollop of Nutella there, and a warming dash of liqueur to finish things off. The result? Pure indulgence in a glass.

Five boozy hot chocolates your granny wouldn’t make

Wrapping your paws around a steaming mug of hot chocolate is as close to comfort drink nirvana as you’re going to get. Well, at least that’s what we thought before we discovered the wonderful world of alcoholic hot chocolate. With a view to being cosy on colder evenings, celebrating Bonfire Night, entertaining with panache and just cheering ourselves up via molten chocolate and cream, our assistant food editor Miriam created five boozy hot chocolates that’ll warm your cockles and then some…

Five alcoholic hot chocolates for Bonfire Night and beyond…

Coconut hot chocolate

Coconut hot chocolateThis blend uses white chocolate as its base. If that sounds tooth-numbingly sweet, take note, a splash of coconut rum and a touch of dark chocolate with luscious whole milk make it perfectly balanced.

Coconut hot chocolate


Hazelnut cream hot chocolate

Hazelnut cream hot chocolateIf you have a penchant for nostalgic hot chocolate with a majestic turret of fluffy whipped cream, you’ll love this towering blend. It uses chocolate hazelnut spread – Nutella in our case – mingled with double cream, nut liqueur and chopped milk chocolate. Did someone say 'sofa and box set session'?

Hazelnut cream hot chocolate


Midnight mint hot chocolate

Midnight mint hot chocolateThere’s something super festive about an old school chocolate-and-mint combo – it might be those boxes of Matchmakers we’d snaffle in one go on Christmas day. This boozy mix pays homage to the dreamy duo and contains crème de menthe and peppermint extract, combined with dark chocolate and icing sugar for a touch of sweetness.

Midnight mint hot chocolate


Choc-orange hot chocolate

Chocolate orange chocolateThis combination has a mean citrus tang from fresh orange zest and orange liqueur – you can use Grand Marnier or a splash of something similar. The fruit offsets the rich, double cream-based chocolate blend.

Choc-orange hot chocolate


Salted caramel rum hot chocolate

Salted caramelWhat list of sweet things is complete without a nod to everyone’s new(ish) favourite – salted caramel? We chose dulce de leche as our toffee of choice, mixed with a dark rum, milk chocolate and a pinch of flaky sea salt, as little or large as your palate demands…

Salted caramel rum hot chocolate


Off the booze?

Deluxe hot chocolateIf you, quite literally, don't fancy getting into the spirit, our classic deluxe hot chocolate recipe was designed for non-drinkers and little ones. It contains only three heavenly ingredients – double cream, milk and chopped chocolate. Bring the trio to the boil, whisking until smooth, then serve with marshmallows, more cream and/or grated chocolate. The ultimate hug in a mug…

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alexic74
2nd Nov, 2016
Sounds delightful, looking forward to trying these out, thank you!
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