Boozy Hot Chocolate (Three Ways)

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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

Whipped cream

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!

Serves 2

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