Holiday beverages number 6 is an old favorite and a winter standard – Hot Chocolate. BTW, do you call it hot chocolate or hot cocoa? Here in Indiana, it’s Choc–o—lot.

Holiday Beverages Number 6

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Years ago, I was making some hot chocolate when I was inspired. Why not add a little vodka to the mix? I loved white Russians, and that was a festive drink. So, I did, and I haven’t looked back until now. So, as I researched spiked cocoa, I found there were many variations. Marshmallows, cinnamon, and whipped cream. Peppermint sticks, vanilla, crushed graham crackers, and more. The liquor of choice is off the charts, peppermint schnapps, bourbon, brandy, and chocolate stout beer! Don’t believe me? Check it out. 16 Alcoholic Hot Chocolate Recipes for a Cold Winter Night.

I keep it simple. I use a packet of sugar-free powdered cocoa, low-fat milk, vodka, and a dash of cinnamon and heat it up. Works for me.

NA Hot Chocolate

For traditionalists who remember before we had powdered packs of cocoa, here’s an old-fashioned stove-top hot chocolate recipe from Southern plate.


1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

4.5 cups whole milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


In a medium saucepan, combine

1/2 cup granulated sugar,1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder,4.5 cups whole milk

Stir constantly over medium heat until the hot chocolate mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the remaining milk. Then return to medium heat and stir in vanilla if desired. Stir until heated through.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional),4.5 cups whole milk

Serve hot with mini marshmallows.


There’s nothing better than hot chocolate on a cold winter holiday eve, whether spiked or not! Cheers!