The holidays are upon us, and the drinks are pouring in. During the Fall there is pumpkin spice galore and during Winter there is hot chocolate. 

Now, I’m going to tell you some secrets about hot chocolate and a way to spice it up. The drink has many variations, and its origins date all the way back to the Aztecs. It has been a part of several cultures for a long time. In the U.S. it is closely associated with Christmas.  

So, with all that rich history (and chocolate), people have been making their own version of hot chocolate yearly. However, this one might be a classic.  

For those of you who enjoy a little extra “spirit” in your drinks, this one is for you.  

Bailey’s Irish Cream has a hot chocolate recipe that is both decedent and fun and I can fully say I make it every year. I sit down to watch Krampus and sip on a nice cup of hot chocolate during December.  

So, how do you make this fantastic and boozy hot chocolate? 

  • 50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream 
  • 1 tsp hot chocolate powder 
  • 100ml milk 
  • A dollop of cream 
  • Chocolate sprinkles 
  • chocolate brownies 
  • chocolate fingers 
  • chocolate sauce 
  • chocolate anything to garnish 


Basically, you grab all your favorite chocolate things and dump them on top of the hot chocolate. I also recommend grabbing some candy canes for when everything melts together and stirring it in for some peppermint fun. Adds to the holiday theme too.  

If you really want to go all out there are some homemade hot chocolate recipes out there that you can try.  

Now, if you're feeling lazy, Maverick's has the best hot chocolate around and that will work too.

The Bailey’s hot chocolate recipe is an awesome way to get into the holiday spirit and relax on a weekend where you can be as Grinch-like as you please while staying in and planning world domination.  

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