Hot Chocolate, All Grown Up

This is the perfect drink recipe for Christmas Eve or after a day out in the snow. This tutorial includes a recipe for 2 mugs, but you can also make it with stored homemade hot cocoa mix. Finally, pick your favorite mixer and your favorite topping, and you have a rich drink to keep you warm on a cold night. Bonus: for the kiddos, it is still quite delicious without any alcohol mixers.


- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp baking cocoa
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups milk (I used light soy milk)
- 3 tbsp hot water
- 1/3 tsp vanilla extract

- OR, two prepared mugs of homemade hot cocoa mix

- 2 shots of your favorite mixer: irish cream, peppermint schnapps, or butterscotch schnapps (Buttershots)
- optional toppings: marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, sprinkles, etc.


Mix cocoa, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan; add water. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Add milk, and keep stirring until all lumps are gone. Add vanilla.

Pour one shot of your favorite alcohol into an empty mug. Once cocoa and milk mix is smooth and heated to desired level, pour half into each mug. Stir well, and top with marshmallows, whipped cream, or whatever else you desire. Enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.



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