With the colder weather moving in, ’tis the season for cozy warm drinks. Given how much I love hot cocoa (I just created a hot cocoa bar in my dining room.), I’m always looking for creative ways to make this delightful drink even more special for me and my guests.
One way to change up classic hot cocoa is to substitute white chocolate for milk chocolate. Inspired to try such a creamy white version, I turned to this recipe from BHG.
Although I have my own white chocolate cocoa recipe, I really like this one because it incorporates cinnamon, nutmeg, and almond extract. These are some of my favorite flavors of the season.
As much as I love this recipe, I decided to give it my own twist for the holidays by spiking it. I had fun experimenting.
First off, was Marshmallow Vodka. (Yes.there really is such a thing!). It was wonderful. But be warned, since it’s vodka it’s going to be a little stronger tasting.
Another delicious liqueur to try is RumChata. This is a cream liqueur that is made with Caribbean rum, real dairy, vanilla, cinnamon, and other spices. As you can imagine, these flavors blend really well with the white hot chocolate.
Finally, a splash of peppermint schnapps is another tasty addition. Peppermint is a traditional flavor of the season, and it goes really well with this recipe. Plus, you can garnish the whole drink with a candy cane to make it look picture perfect!
Again, you can get the recipe for this White Hot Chocolate here.
Do you enjoy hot cocoa during the holidays? How do you vary this cold-weather classic to make it extra special for this time of year?
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm