Smoky Hot Chocolate Recipe

Boozy hot chocolate

  • serves 6-8
  • Easy

How do you make a mug of homemade hot chocolate even better? Add booze, of course! Mezcal or very peaty scotch whisky lends a welcome kick, and there's chilli in there for a bit of heat, too


Try this boozy hot chocolate recipe then check out our luxury hot chocolate, Baileys hot chocolate, vegan hot chocolate and more hot chocolate recipes. Also discover more warming drinks in our collection of winter cocktails, including hot toddy, mulled wine and mulled gin,  



  • cocoa powder 4 tbsp
  • whole milk 1 litre
  • chilli or cayenne powder a pinch (add a little extra if you like it spicy)
  • ground cinnamon a generous pinch
  • caster sugar 3 tbsp
  • single cream 100ml
  • dark chocolate 100g, chopped
  • extra-smoky mezcal or very peaty scotch whisky 4-6 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Put the cocoa in a jug and mix in just enough milk to make a paste. Put the rest of the milk in a pan and heat until simmering. Add the chilli powder and cinnamon.

  • Step 2

    Whisk the hot milk into the cocoa paste until smooth, then pour back into the pan. Add the sugar, cream and chocolate, and heat gently, stirring, until combined. Stir in the mezcal or whisky and serve in mugs.

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