Hot chocolate can be a great family time treat, especially when it’s cold outside. But sometimes you want to add a little element of danger to this time-honored tradition, turning kid’s cocoa into something special, like adult hot chocolate. This looks like a job for… coffee and booze!
Of course, there’s more than one way to spike your adult hot chocolate. Step aside, junior. It’s time for grown-up cocoa to take the stage.
Candy Cane Cocoa
This one’s perfect for any holiday season, because you probably already have the signature ingredients laying around. You’ll need whipped cream, peppermint schnapps, milk, and of course, hot cocoa. First, make the cocoa as you normally would. Next, discretely add one ounce of peppermint schnapps from a flask hidden in your back pocket, instantly turning your cocoa into adult hot chocolate. Whistle nonchalantly as you pour. It’s better that way. Finally, top it off with whipped cream and stir with a candy cane. Ho ho ho!
Cocoa Express Recipe for Adult Hot Chocolate
This one will definitely get your engine running in the morning. Add a shot of your favorite home-brewed espresso to some top-shelf hot cocoa for adult hot chocolate that comes with some extra zing. Add a dab of Sriracha style hot sauce, and you’ll be ready to take on the world.
Don’t you just love those chocolate oranges? You know: the kind that you smack against the countertop, peel back the foil, and eat the little embossed slices? This adult hot chocolate drink tastes just like those, but has the added benefit of preventing you from operating heavy machinery. Seriously. Don’t.
Here’s how it works: kick it off with your favorite hot cocoa mix, prepared as usual. Add ½ ounce of vanilla vodka, and an equal amount of orange liqueur. Put a little mountain of whipped cream on top, and sprinkle your adult hot chocolate with cinnamon.
This exquisite beverage combines two of life’s greatest pleasures: chocolate and red wine. And yes, it seems a little strange at first, but you’ll soon be a connoisseur. Start with your favorite red wine, but maybe not your favorite expensive red wine. We don’t want to the wine gods to strike us down: hints of chocolate, strong smoky finish.
We’re going all in with this one. Let’s start with honest-to-goodness chunks of dark chocolate. Figure out how many servings you’re going to make, and measure out 1/3 cup of chocolate and 1 ½ cup of milk for each. Bring chocolate and milk to a medium simmer, stirring steadily so it doesn’t get chunky or burnt. Once it’s nice and creamy, pour in 1 cup of red wine per reveler, and continue to heat everything is hot again. Enjoy this amazing version of adult hot chocolate, but take it easy. This stuff will put you into a mild chocolate coma if you overdo it!