This rich and creamy spiked hot chocolate is delightful all winter long – and who doesn’t love a steaming cup of boozy hot chocolate? 

The frosty cool flavor of peppermint schnapps drinks are a favorite addition to my winter cocktail line up. 

A white mug full of spiked hot chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallows.
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Hot chocolate is a sweet treat we have on hand from Halloween to Valentine’s Day. To get into the Christmas spirit, I like to treat the kids to candy canes and the adults to my spiked hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps.

When the temperatures drop, I crave a warm mug of my homemade creamy hot chocolate, and if it’s in the evening, why not warm it up even more with an adult addition?

And if you love hot chocolate, don’t skip these incredible classic Hot Chocolate Bombs, Mexican Hot Chocolate Bombs, Dark Hot Chocolate Bombs and my Peanut Butter and Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs. They are the BEST gift for friends, family and neighbors!

Peppermint is a special flavor that I wait months to enjoy. And not just a in the form of a peppermint candy cane- you can find this special flavor used everywhere from cookies to coffee, ice cream and more.

A white mug full of boozy hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and toasted marshmallows.

Spiked Hot Chocolate

This creamy, delicious hot cocoa topped with homemade whipped cream is easy to make, and better than any restaurant cocoa I’ve tried.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Adults like Fun Drinks TooSpiked hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps is a fun adult twist on my family’s favorite drink.
  • Homemade, but EasyMy Homemade Hot Chocolate is made with real melted chocolate. I often use melting wafers, but you can use your favorite chocolate chips including milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips. 
  • Great Signature Drink for EntertainingWith very little effort, you have a delicious signature cocktail everyone will enjoy.

If you love peppermint as much as I do, you’ll have to check out my peppermint dessert guide! It’s filled with great recipes and detail about this delicious winter flavor.

A white mug full of spiked hot chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallows.

Ingredients and Substitutions

See printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  • Milk – You can use whole milk, 2%, or your favorite milk substitution.
  • Vanilla Extract – Learn how to make homemade vanilla extract here.
  • Sweetened Condensed MilkTo make it creamy, I include sweetened condensed milk in addition to the regular milk and vanilla. I can’t get my hands on a mug fast enough!
  • Chocolate – We like to use melting wafers, but you can also use your favorite chocolate chips!
  • Peppermint SchnappsPeppermint Schnapps is an American-style schnapps made from a combination of pure grain alcohol and peppermint leaves. It is a liqueur which has a taste somewhat similar to that of a candy cane.
A white mug full of boozy hot chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallows.

How to Make

  1. Make a batch of hot chocolate. If you chose to use my hot chocolate recipe, start by melting the chocolate in a stock pot and add sweetened condensed milk to make it creamy.
  2. Next add milk and vanilla to the chocolate mix, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. Add Peppermint Schnapps to each glass. Top with hot chocolate. Garnish and serve.
A white mug full of boozy hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and toasted marshmallows.

How to Rim a Glass

You can serve this hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps with or without a rimmed glass. It’s beautiful either way!

To rim the glass, you’ll need two cocktail plates.

Fill one plate with simple syrup and another with crushed candy canes, cocoa powder, etc.

Lightly dip the glass in simple syrup, followed by the topping of your choice.

A white mug full of spiked hot chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallows.

Tips

  • My original hot chocolate recipe makes enough for five drinks and it’s easily halved (or doubled!) with my printable measurement conversion chart.
  • Hot chocolate can be served from a pretty pot on your range, or a crockpot to keep it warm.
  • Spiked Hot Chocolate for one can be made as simple as a mug of milk and your favorite chocolate syrup. In a pinch you can use a single serving of store bought hot chocolate mixed with hot water.
  • Want to gift some hot chocolate to friends? It’s an excellent gift, especially when wrapped up with a bottle of pretty spirits! Try the Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix for gifting.
A white mug full of spiked hot chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallows.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Spiked Hot Chocolate as simply or as festively as you’d like.

  • Topping a hot mug with a dollop of my homemade 2 ingredient whipped cream is a treat, but adding mini chocolate chips or crushed candy canes makes it dessert! I enjoy dusting my whipped cream with cocoa powder.
  • Top your Spiked Hot Chocolate with a toasted Marshmallow. If you don’t have a fire pit going, cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the marshmallows on top. Broil marshmallows (watch closely) in the oven until they are lightly browned.
  • Rimming your mug or glasses with crushed candy canes or cocoa powder looks as beautiful as it tastes.
  • Drizzle with an extra helping of chocolate syrup for a beautiful presentation!
A white mug full of boozy hot chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallows.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – This boozy hot chocolate can sit out at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerator – Spiked hot chocolate can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Watch the date on your container of milk, though!

More Winter Cocktails

A white mug full of spiked hot chocolate, topped with toasted marshmallows.
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Spiked Hot Chocolate

This rich and creamy spiked hot chocolate is delightful all winter long – and who doesn’t love a steaming cup of boozy hot chocolate?
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients  

  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces peppermint schnapps

Instructions 

  • In a pot over medium heat, melt chocolate. Add sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth.
  • Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth.
  • Whisk in vanilla and peppermint schnapps and serve.

Tips

  • Topping a hot mug with a dollop of my homemade 2 ingredient whipped cream is a treat, but adding mini chocolate chips or crushed candy canes makes it dessert!
  • I enjoy dusting my whipped cream with cocoa powder.
  • Add as much (or as little) peppermint schnapps as you would like, but this ratio works well for us. 
  • You can also use any kind of hot cocoa mix! Simply add 1.5 ounces of peppermint schnapps to 3/4 cup of hot cocoa.
Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 2mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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