The Best Ways To Spike Hot Chocolate

Now that we're well into the winter season, there's nothing like a spiked holiday drink to save the day. Alcohol and hot chocolate, I'm looking at you. It’s the perfect example of an adult take on holiday traditions. Patterned pajamas are totally optional, but completely encouraged.

I mean, how else are you going to survive those family feuds and questions about your non-existent husband? Spiked holiday beverages are basically the only thing that will get you through it. I know I can’t be the only one who believes this.

Luckily, a large cup of hot cocoa never loses its spark during the winter months. It's the best way to cap off a long day of traveling or holiday clean-up. And when it's too cold to go outside, a tasty spiked hot chocolate can warm you up in the best way.

Of course, like most delicious things in life, it helps to have a little guidance. And while it would be great to grab the nearest booze and pour it into your hot cocoa, life just doesn’t work that way. That’s where I come in. To get you started, I rounded up the best alcohol choices for your hot chocolate. Surviving the last few days of the holiday season just got so much easier.

1. Coffee Liqueur

If you're anything like me, each and every morning needs to start with a cup of java. Otherwise, things can get ugly. Don't even get me started on the chaos of Christmas morning with the family.

Thankfully, coffee liqueur (hello, Kahlua!) is here to save the day. It's like the best of both worlds in one big ol' mug.

Make it yourself with Damn Delicious.

2. Peppermint Schnapps

The holidays wouldn't be complete without a generous dose of mint-flavored goodness. After all, candy canes are basically the season's mascot. I don't hate it one bit.

Personally, I adore the combination of warming hot chocolate and cooling peppermint.

Visit Beyond Wonderful to learn how to make this minty concoction.

3. Cinnamon Liqueur

As the unofficial spice of the fall and winter, cinnamon is perfect for creating those cozy holiday feels. Feeling feisty? Throw in some tequila just in time for Uncle John's 13th story.

For a decadent beverage, add it to this dark chocolate hot cocoa recipe by The Lemon Bowl.

4. Tequila

While we're on the topic of tequila, why not make it the star of the day with a Mexican hot chocolate? Made with cayenne pepper and chunky chocolate, this cocktail is perfect for spicing up your holiday season.

For the full tutorial, visit Creative Culinary.

5. Whipped Cream Vodka

When it comes to a sweet treat, there's nothing like (literally) topping it off with a dollop of whipped cream. That's why I can't help but swoon over whipped cream-flavored vodka. Combine it with hot chocolate and I'm all yours.

Head to Brown Eyed Baker for an easy recipe, complete with peppermint deliciousness.

6. Red Wine

Wine-os will adore this heavenly concoction. Because red wine hot chocolate is totally a thing, and I couldn't be more stoked about it.

This stuff is rich and decadent as heck. You have been warned.

Make your own from scratch with help from Yeah... Imma Eat That.

7. Marshmallow Vodka

Just like whipped cream vodka, this flavored magical liquid is perfect for combining with hot chocolate. This particular recipe even points to a tutorial for Baileys marshmallows. Count me in.

Win the holiday season with the help of How Sweet Eats.

Looking for more holiday cheer? Check out Bustle on YouTube.

Images: Damn Delicious; Beyond Wonderful; The Lemon Bowl; Creative Culinary; Brown Eyed Baker; Yeah... Imma Eat That; How Sweet Eats.