There's nothing more satisfying on a cold winter night than a hot chocolate and we've given this spiced hot chocolate recipe a boozy twist, which makes it ideal for serving up at winter parties or Christmas cocktail get-togethers.
Everyone loves snuggling up in front of the telly with a hot chocolate, made with cocoa or instant hot chocolate powder. Nothing wrong with that, but for Christmas we’ve decided to take hot chocolate to the next level. Our delicious spiced hot chocolate is made with rich chocolate sauce. Add fresh milk (whole milk will give the creamiest results), fragrant festive spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, and you’ve got yourself a Christmassy hot chocolate that’s a real treat.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily make it child-friendly. Just leave out the gingerbread liqueur for the little ones. You could serve the kids’ versions with a mini gingerbread man or candy cane. Then top up the adults’ mugs or glasses with a glug of gingerbread liqueur. If that’s not your bag, a tot of vodka, dark rum or bourbon would also be delicious. It’s the perfect winter warmer after an evening of carol singing or ice skating. And it's not just the festive period this is perfect for, it's also fab packed into flasks and taken out on Bonfire Night or Halloween.
If you fancy an even more indulgent finish, then go all out with these hot chocolate cocktails and top them with mini marshmallows, whipped cream and a dusting of chocolate flakes.
HOW TO MAKE SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE
Recipe courtesy of The Providores
- Ground blend of equal parts of ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
- 25ml chocolate sauce
- 200ml hot milk
- 25ml gingerbread liqueur
Heat all ingredients over low heat.
Pour into mug.
Sprinkle with some left over spice so the milk doesn’t burn.
Add a shot of gingerbread liqueur for a kick.