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Spiked Hot Chocolate

Hi there! I just posted this but something happened and It disappeared so I apologize in advance if it's a double post.

I'm up in NY and it's frigid here! A few of my friends and I are going to get together for a ladies night and I thought it would be fun to make hot chocolate with a little kick, the kick being alcohol. I did a quick search here but didn't come up with much. Has anyone done this before? What type of liquor should I use? I was thinking Rum but i'm not sure. I hope everyone is having a great Thursday! :)

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  1. Kahula, Kahula Royal, Gran Marinier, Bailey's, Godiva Choc Liquor, Vandermint, etc.

      1. http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat/18/

        just anything that works in a coffee drink will work in hot chocolate.

        1. Going back to my college years, peppermint schnapps.

          However, rum sounds good, especially a dark rum.

          1. Thank you all! I hadn't thought of a lot of these combo's, I'm not too creative in the drink department lol I usually just stick to wine or bourbon :) Thanks Hotoynoodle for the link!

            1. My fav? Butterscotch schnapps :)

                1. I would go with either Godiva Chocolate Liquor or Peppermint Schnapps.

                  1. We usually do peppermint schnapps (I think it's called a "Snowshoe".

                    "Mexican" hot chocolate is really good too - just add some cinnamon and a little chili powder or red pepper. Different kind of "spike"! LOL You could probably do the same thing with cinnamon schnapps instead of actual cinnamon and then add the chili powder. Yum!

                    1. Chambord; of all I've tried, it's still my favorite.

                      1. I agree with all of treb's suggestions, but would like to add amaretto and/or frangelico.

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                        1. re: Cinnamonster

                          Those are my two choices for spiked hot chocolate, amaretto and frangelico. I also like adding spirits to the whipped cream or pouring the liquor on marshmallows before adding to the hot chocolate.

                          You can also spike hot chocolate by melting down those popular at the holidays chocolate bottles with a hit of liquid booze inside them. We learned that tip making spiked chocolate fondue one night.


                        2. Hubby & I enjoyed some terrific spiked hot chocolate recently. Bought a bottle of "Castries" liqueur - a peanut-rum concoction made on the island of St. Lucia, where we were married. It's a lovely creamy liqueur, & was absolutely delicious in our hot chocolate. It's also delicious drizzled over ice cream - particularly peanut-butter-swirled ice cream.

                          Lovely stuff, if a bit pricey - around $30/bottle.

                          1. Frangelico or Goldslagcher.

                            1. I like Peppermint schnapps or Kahlua. Would think Rum Cream would also be good. Will have to try the Godiva and Grand Marnier this winter. Might be a way for me to finally get through the fancy drinking chocolate I've been gifted over the last 2 Xmases.

                              1. We have always been partial to a shot of dark Jamaican rum (like Myers) in mug of hot chocolate. Doesn't add sweetness as a liqueur does.

                                1. For something a little different, one of my favourite cold winter night beverages is milk with dark rum, a little bit of molasses, vanilla, and a bit of cinnamon - ideally, it should have a kick from the alcohol, and not be too sweet.

                                  For chocolate, dark rum is great if you don't want it too sweet. Otherwise, coffee liqueurs, fruit liqueurs, peppermint, cinnamon, etc.

                                  1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned green Chartreuse. It works really well with chocolate.

                                    1. St Elizabeth worked very well in some Mexican hot chocolate I just mixed up (using Nestle's Abuelita tablets). I don't believe these tablets have any cayenne in them, it might have been even better with it.