This Christmas, cozy up with a cup of this spiked peppermint hot chocolate. It’s quick and easy to stir up, and it’s guaranteed to awaken your senses. It's simply an Italian style hot chocolate with alcohol.
Course: cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: chocolate cocktails, holiday drinks, hot chocolate, peppermint
Author: Maureen Celestine
1½cups Whole milk +1 teaspoon
1tablespoon Unsweetened cocoa powder(optional)
2tablespoons Light brown sugar (add more if you want it sweet)
Pinch of salt
4.4 oz dark chocolate (124g), chopped into small pieces(good quality)
¼teaspoonPeppermint extract (use 1 teaspoon if you are making a virgin hot chocolate)
¼cup Kahlua rum liqueur ( Any chocolate or coffee liquor is fine)
¼cup Peppermint schnapps
Candy cane, crushed
Marshmallow for garnish (optional)
Bring milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt to a gentle boil on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add chopped chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until the chocolate is completely melted. Continue to cook on medium-low for another 5 mins.
Mix the cornstarch with a teaspoon of milk and add to the hot chocolate mixture. Stir and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Now it’s time to add the peppermint extract, Kahlua, and peppermint schnapps. Stir to combine.
Coat the rim of two serving glasses with water and immerse in the crushed peppermint.
Ladle the spiked peppermint hot chocolate into rimmed serving glasses and top with marshmallows. If you want to take it a step further, toast the marshmallow for that creamy mustache effect.
Adding the corn starch helps thicken the drink, if you don't like it thick, you can omit the corn starch.
If you only have sweetened cocoa powder, that's fine too. Reduce the amount of sugar you add to the hot chocolate or adjust to taste.
If you don't want to make this a cocktail, omit the Kahlua and peppermint schnapps. Add a little more peppermint extract to the mixture.
You can enjoy this hot chocolate drink as it is or topped with whip cream or marshmallow. To toast the marshmallow, use a kitchen torch or use the method mentioned here.
Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate https://worldlytreat.com/spiked-peppermint-hot-chocolate/ December 18, 2019