23 Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipes for Grown-Ups

Spiked hot cocoa is just what you need right now. These alcoholic hot chocolate recipes are rich and creamy, perfect for sipping on a cold evening.

With just a mug, whisk and sauce pan, plus some cocoa powder, milk and a favorite liquor or two, you can make magic. And these drinks look so inviting, garnished with shaved chocolate, graham cracker rims, cinnamon sticks, chocolate syrup or candy canes.

Remember: whole milk is more flavorful and satisfying than low-fat or skim. Milk substitutes are absolutely fine and often very delicious. Almond milk in particular can be a great vegan option.

Kahlua Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles

If you’ve never made homemade hot chocolate, it may seem intimidating, or like a lot of work. Many of these drinks have detailed instructions for making the cocoa, and following them will give you the most delicious cocoa.

But you can absolutely use a hot cocoa mix if you prefer. Sometimes you just need things to be easy, and a good quality hot chocolate mix like Ghirardelli will taste great.