Fancy a treat with an extra kick? Here’s a selection of our favourite warming winter recipes for hot chocolate with alcohol
By Felicity Carter
Winter calls for warming, indulgent drinks and you cannot beat a boozy take on a hot chocolate. Here are five of the best hot chocolate recipes ramped up with a tipple of booze
5 Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipes
Paul A Young’s Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate
Love hot chocolate and mulled wine? Well, this is the drink for you. “It was inevitable that at some point I would come up with this recipe as I love both mulled wine and hot chocolate. A warming, indulgent and very boozy drink, it is definitely one for adults only,” says Paul.
400g Golden caster sugar
200g Cocoa powder
2 Cinnamon sticks
5 Star anise
500g Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
2 Clementines or satsumas, skin left on, halved
1 Sprig of rosemary
1 Bottle of fruity red wine
Put 500ml water, the sugar, the cocoa powder and all the spices in a pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and whisk well until the chocolate is fully incorporated.
Add the clementines and rosemary and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. Add the red wine (the Puglia Rosso at M&S or the Andara Chilean Merlot at Aldi are excellent options for this) and warm through gently. Serve warm rather than hot.
Adventures with Chocolate by Paul A. Young is published by Kyle Books, priced £14.99. Photography by Anders Schonnemann.
Fortnum’s Sloe Gin Hot Chocolate
A smooth, rich hot chocolate meets with the sweet/sour tang of sloe gin, for a combination that is both restorative and warming with this take on a classic.
75g Cocoa powder
350ml Whole milk
25ml Fortnum’s Sloe Gin
50ml Double cream
In a small saucepan, heat a tablespoon of hot water with the cocoa powder and whisk until no lumps remain. Add half of the milk and the sloe gin and heat until smooth, creaming and steaming.
Add the rest of the milk and stir constantly until the mixture is just under the boil. Divide between two mugs and dust with cocoa powder.
CUT Smoked Rum Hot Chocolate
For all of those who love a smoky depth to their chocolate this packs one mighty punch of flavour.
50ml CUT Smoked Rum
15ml Chocolate liquor
75ml Rococo hot chocolate
Mix all your ingredients in a pan over heat and serve in coupe glasses with a flamed orange zest to garnish for some extra pizzazz.
Cazcabel Orange Hot Chocolate
Proving that Aperol isn’t just for Italian summer holidays, Cazcabel has added this hint of orange to their utterly delicious coffee tequila and hot chocolate. The result? A super moreish, drinkable and boozy take on the famous Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
35ml Cazcabel Coffee
5ml Sugar syrup
75ml Hot Chocolate
Mix all ingredients in a pan over heat. Serve in a heatproof glass and garnish with a wedge of orange.
HotelChocolat Boozy Hot Chocolate
HotelChocolat don’t just offer boxes of chocolate, they have a range of boozy tipples too, and so, bring forth their Chocolate Cream Liqueur, which is added to a classic hot chocolate, this recipe couldn’t be easier.
50ml HotelChocolate Chocolat Cream Liqueur
1 Single Serve or 5 heaped teaspoons of Classic 70% Chocolate Hot Chocolat Flakes
220ml Dairy or plant-based milk
This is handy if you have the HotelChocolat Velvetiser gadget – pour the milk into the Velvetiser, and 90% of the hot chocolate, press the button and let it work its magic. In the meantime, add the rich boozy chocolate cream liqueur into a mug and top with the hot chocolate. Add the remaining flakes to the top of the drink.
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