Spiked Hot Chocolate Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Spiked Hot Chocolate cocktail is a delicious and warming twist on the classic hot chocolate, perfect for cold winter nights. This indulgent drink has been enjoyed for centuries, with the first recorded recipe dating back to the 16th century. It was originally consumed by the Aztecs and later adopted by the Europeans, who added their own twist with the addition of alcohol.

  • The Spiked Hot Chocolate is a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet and comforting drink with a kick.
  • It is often served during the holiday season, making it a festive and cozy choice for gatherings with friends and family.

How Spiked Hot Chocolate Tastes?

The Spiked Hot Chocolate cocktail is rich, creamy, and sweet with a hint of warmth from the added alcohol. The chocolate and whipped cream create a velvety smooth texture, while the spices and alcohol provide a subtle, warming heat.

Interesting facts about Spiked Hot Chocolate

  • The Aztecs believed that chocolate had aphrodisiac properties and was a gift from the gods.
  • The first recorded recipe for hot chocolate dates back to the 16th century.
  • Spiked Hot Chocolate can be made with a variety of alcohols, such as rum, brandy, or whiskey.


  • Milk: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Dark chocolate: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Spiced rum: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Whipped cream: 1dollop
  • Cinnamon: 1pinch
  • Nutmeg: 1pinch
  • Marshmallows: 5


Milk is the creamy base of our hot chocolate, and using 8oz gives us the perfect balance between a rich consistency and a drinkable beverage. Less milk could make the drink too strong, while too much might dilute the flavors. If lactose is an issue, almond or oat milk can be tasty alternatives, though the texture may be less creamy.

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Dark Chocolate

What's hot chocolate without chocolate? Using 2oz gives a deep, rich chocolate flavor without overpowering the spices and rum. If you opt out, you'll miss the soul of the drink. However, feel free to substitute with milk chocolate for a sweeter taste, or cacao powder for a lighter version.

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Spiced Rum

1.5oz of spiced rum gives a warming kick and depth, with subtle notes of vanilla and spices that merry well with the hot chocolate. Without it, you'd just have a hot cocoa – less spirited indeed! Bourbon or brandy could be nice twists for a different flavor profile.

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Whipped Cream

A dollop of whipped cream adds a decadent, silky finish to our Spiked Hot Chocolate. Skip this, and you'll lose some indulgence. It's also a vessel for our spices. For a vegan twist, use coconut whipped cream, which adds a tropical nuance.

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Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Cinnamon and nutmeg provide warm, fragrant notes that enhance the complexity of the drink. They're like the festive scarf of the cocktail – without them, it's not quite dressed up. If unavailable, allspice or pumpkin spice mix can provide a similar warming effect.

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Marshmallows are the playful, sweet topping that make you smile—just like a fuzzy hat in winter. Leave them out, and you'll miss those moments of extra joy. For an alternative with a twist, try peppermint sticks for a minty layer.

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Recipe. How to make Spiked Hot Chocolate Drink

  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to steam, but not boil.
  2. Add the dark chocolate to the milk and whisk until fully melted and combined.
  3. Stir in the spiced rum and continue to heat until warmed through.
  4. Pour the Spiked Hot Chocolate into a heatproof glass or mug.
  5. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. Add marshmallows to the top of the whipped cream for an extra touch of sweetness.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality dark chocolate for a richer flavor.
  • For an extra kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mix.
  • Use fresh whipped cream for the best texture and flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate chip cookies: The richness of the cookies complement the chocolate notes of the hot chocolate.
  • Brownies: A gooey brownie pairs beautifully with the creamy texture of the Spiked Hot Chocolate.


  • Salted Caramel Popcorn: The salty sweet combination enhances the sweet and spicy elements of the cocktail.
  • Cinnamon Roasted Almonds: They share a warm spice profile with the Spiked Hot Chocolate.


  • Aged Cheddar: The sharpness of aged cheddar contrasts nicely with the smooth sweetness of the drink.

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What you could change in Spiked Hot Chocolate

  • Milk: Can be substituted with almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk for a dairy-free option.
  • Dark Chocolate: Can be substituted with semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate.
  • Spiced Rum: Can be substituted with brandy or whiskey.

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Peppermint Patty Hot Chocolate

  • Substitute spiced rum with peppermint schnapps.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Top with crushed peppermint candy. This twist brings a refreshing minty zing to the rich chocolate base, making it feel like a festive holiday treat wrapped in a cozy mug.

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

  • Use hazelnut liqueur instead of spiced rum.
  • Mix in a spoonful of hazelnut spread.
  • Garnish with toasted hazelnuts. This version is like a warm, boozy tribute to that famous spread, elevating the nutty essence alongside the traditional chocolate.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

  • Spiced rum is replaced with bourbon.
  • Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice mix.
  • Add a caramel drizzle on top. A liquid homage to the pumpkin spice craze, blending the classic fall flavors with the warmth of bourbon, for those crisp autumn nights around the fire.

In case you forgot basics how to make Spiked Hot Chocolate

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Spiked Hot Chocolate

Is this cocktail suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, the ingredients listed in the Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe are suitable for vegetarians. Always ensure to check the labels of the ingredients you use, especially the chocolate, as some may contain non-vegetarian additives.

Can I prepare a non-alcoholic version of Spiked Hot Chocolate?

Absolutely! You can simply omit the alcohol or use a non-alcoholic substitute, like rum extract, to retain the flavor without the alcohol content.

Can Spiked Hot Chocolate be served cold?

While traditionally served hot, it can be cooled and served as a refreshing summer drink. The flavors blend well both ways.

Are there any health benefits associated with the ingredients of the cocktail?

Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can contribute towards heart health. However, this cocktail should be consumed in moderation due to its high sugar and alcohol content.

How can I store leftover Spiked Hot Chocolate?

You can store leftover Spiked Hot Chocolate in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat it gently on the stove or in the microwave, but remember to NOT add the whipped cream and marshmallows until after reheating.

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