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Warm Up with Boozy Bourbon Hot Chocolate

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This is me saying goodbye to winter…sorta. The Northeast (and Northwest) is still feeling so chilly and cold and winter-y. I’m headed to Chicago and Detroit next week and as I gazed down at the weather report on my phone, the temperatures are still very winter-like! I figured we all probably need something chocolate-y and warm and maybe a little boozy, too, because winter seems like it’s not ending any time soon.

bourbon hot chocolate

A few years ago, I still made my hot chocolate with whole milk but now I’m pretty much strictly almond milk or coconut milk. (I LOVE the thickness that coconut milk provides.)

The older I get, the more and more I steer clear of drinking dairy. (I will never give up butter in my baked goods.) Almond milk is now my flavor preference, too. I like the nutty flavor and thin viscosity. The chocolate definitely thickens it up a bit. And the bourbon works so nicely with the chocolate. It makes me want to make a bourbon and chocolate cake ASAP. Maybe that’ll be my next recipe on here! :)

bourbon hot chocolate

Bourbon Hot Chocolate

Sometimes hot chocolate needs to have a little surprise. Warm up with this bourbon, almond, chocolate drink. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)



  • 2 cups almond milk 
  • 2 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted + a teaspoon of grated chocolate for garnish
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 ounces bourbon (or more if you like!)
  • Whipped cream, for topping


  1. In a medium saucepan, set over medium low heat, add the milk, sugar, vanilla extract, melted chocolate and salt. Whisk until warmed and the chocolate dissolves completely. 
  2. Lastly, mix in the bourbon and give it a try. Add more bourbon if you like! Divide amongst mugs and top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Yield: Serves 2

Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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