Bourbon Hot Chocolate is an easy winter bourbon cocktail for a cold night. A spiked homemade hot chocolate that will warm you up for Valentine's Day or any chilly evening.
Who doesn't love a good mug of homemade hot chocolate?
I seriously can't think of anything I'd rather have on a cold day. Well, maybe a good mug of hot chocolate with a little extra fun in the form of bourbon wouldn't hurt 😉
This hot chocolate is so perfect, I can't even put it into words. It's incredibly rich and satisfying, plus it warms you up from the inside out.
Adding the bourbon is absolutely necessary, in my opinion.
Bourbon typically has chocolate and maple flavors, and since I only have summer bourbon cocktail recipes, I knew I needed a winter one.
Maple syrup and cocoa powder pair so incredibly well together, and you can really tell when you taste this homemade bourbon hot chocolate.
The bourbon and a little vanilla extract take this hot chocolate from good to the only thing you want in your cup on a cold night or to celebrate Valentine's Day.
I initially only made this Bourbon Hot Chocolate as a Valentine's Day drink but soon realized that it need not be saved only for one night a year. It's so comforting that it needs to be made any time you want a boozy cocktail in the cold months.
Feel free to top this tasty drink with some marshmallows for extra fun.
Note that it's insanely easy to make this dairy-free and vegan if desired. Simply use almond milk or coconut milk in place of the dairy milk.
Bourbon Hot Chocolate
- Stir together water, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and slowly whisk in milk. Cook for 5 minutes until milk is hot; do not boil.
- Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour bourbon, 1.5 ounces each, into 4 mugs. Stir in hot chocolate and serve. Enjoy!