This very adult hot cocoa doesn’t even resemble the watery version made with powder and adorned with dehydrated marshmallows that I drank as a child. This is rich and creamy with a little kick of your choice. A little goes a long way; especially if you make it with whole milk. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your cup on a cold winter afternoon.
You can add whichever liqueur strikes your fancy. I experimented with Grand Marnier, Frangelico, and a Lilly coffee liqueur. Each was different but all three were good and we couldn’t decided which one we preferred.
BOOZY HOT CHOCOLATE (THREE WAYS)
2 cups 2 percent milk (or whole if your feeling indulgent)
3 1/2 ounces good quality dark chocolate
4 teaspoons dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons liqueur of your choice
Garnishes as desired (orange zest, whole coffee beans, cocoa powder, etc)
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Add to a medium sized saucepan with the brown sugar and milk.
- Stirring frequently, warm over medium low heat.
- Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of the liqueur of your choice in the bottom of each mug. Ladle in the cocoa and stir to combine.
- Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish, if desired. I used orange zest for the Grand Marnier version, a coffee bean for the coffee version, and a dusting of Dutch processed cocoa for the Frangelico version.
- Drink and enjoy!