Easy Spiked Hot Chocolate for a Cozy Evening

Whether you like classic hot chocolate or spiked hot chocolate this is a great recipe to make from scratch. When you make it yourself you can control all the ingredients and you can make it sweeter or milkier so it’s exactly the way you love it! Because that’s the only way to enjoy it-exactly like you like it!

Boozy Hot Chocolate Cocktail

Hot chocolate is right behind coffee on our list of favorite winter drinks. 

In the summer it’s coffee until wine but in the cooler temps we like a warm drink all day and evening.

Spiked hot chocolate is exactly what we’re looking for on a Winter’s Eve. 

When you combine chocolate with a little splash of alcohol it can completely change the flavor, and it definitely adds some warmth!

The key to the best hot chocolate is to make it from scratch. 

It’s by far the best flavor and you can control the sweetness of the drink this way too.

While you can use any caramel colored liquor in hot chocolate, we like to give ours a bit of a mexican hot cocoa flavor and use tequila to spice it up.  Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper round out the flavors in this delicious drink and if you love it spicy then you can just up the pepper to give it as much heat as you can stand.

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Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Whole Milk
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Semisweet Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Optional:  Cayenne Pepper
  • Optional: Tequila

Of course you can leave out the alcohol and just have a delicious mug of Mexican Cocoa to warm you up, or if you’re making it to share with your family you’ll definitely want the no alcohol version.

You add the alcohol after heating anyway so it’s an easy drink to top off either way.

We usually top ours with some delicious marshmallows, alcohol or not! 

We recommend adding the spices and enjoying a nice flavorful mug of cocoa.  Bonus if you’re enjoying it sitting by the fire!

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We’re going to mix up a double batch of our Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe to serve down by the fire pit tonight.  It’s a great way to enjoy the chilly weather and pretend that it’s really cold outside here in Texas. 

It’s easy to throw all your ingredients in a pot and let them simmer – just add your alcohol after you take it off the heat to be sure you get the full effect!

Follow our recipe below for our favorite recipe but be sure to let us know in the comments if you substitute anything and send us a photo!

Yield: 4 Drinks

Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

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A delicious scratch recipe with a kick!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 6 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate - finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 4 Shots Tequila
  • Toasted Marshmallows


  1. Heat the Milk and Cinnamon in pot until it reaches a light simmer, stirring constantly for several minutes. Do not let it boil.
  2. Add chocolate, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth,
  3. Divide among four mugs
  4. Add shot of tequila to each
  5. Top with toasted marshmallows
  6. Dust with cocoa powder or drizzle with chocolate or caramel


Leave out the alcohol if you just want a delicious Mexican Coca

Adding toasted marshmallows to the top and a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of chocolate just makes the drink seem more festive.

It’s more like a drink you’d get if you went to the coffee shop and paid for it, it just has that extra special addition.

It also makes for great photo’s don’t you think?

If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out our Christmas Cocktails for more ideas.

How do you enjoy your hot cocoa? 

Plain or Spiked? 

With spices or without? 

Do you drink it by the fire?  A fire definitely isn’t required but a firepit or a fireplace does provide a lot of ambience. Even if you’re just watching a movie or tv!

Let us know in the comments below and send us a picture enjoying this delicious recipe.

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