Spiked and Spicy Hot Chocolate

Spiked and Spicy Hot Chocolate

Happy Christmas! Even though it’s not my holiday, I can’t help but enjoy the music and lights and festivities of this beautiful season.

And, of course, the food. And the…um…drinks!

Starting off the day with a cup of hot chocolate sounds good but this rummy version might be more appropriate after dinner.

My mother always made a sponge cake on holidays and she’d serve it with big mugs of hot cocoa.

Her version wasn’t spiked but I see no reason not to chase away the chill with a little shot of rum. Cheers!

Per Serving:

  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 oz. Milk chocolate
  • 1 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 3/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 oz. Spiced rum
  • Marshmallows for garnish
  1. Add the milk, sugar and chocolate to a small pot and cook on a low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate and sugar have dissolved.
  2. Whisk in the spices.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the rum and pour into a mug or glass.
  4. Stir in the marshmallows and they will begin to melt and enrich the cocoa.
  5. Serve hot and repeat!


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