Adult Hot Chocolate

Story by Holly
Adult Hot Chocolate
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For weeks since Natalie and I had our Modern Proper planning meeting for December we have affectionately been referring to this drink as “adult” hot chocolate.

While there is nothing actually “adult” about the chocolate itself, we do however have some suggestions about what to spike it with that takes it to another level of maturity. Scott (my husband) and I started making this “adult” hot chocolate last winter, after a friend introduced us to the recipe. I bought the ingredients assuming we would make it once and hopefully find some other way to use up the frangelico. Oh how wrong I was to assume this would be a one time occurrence. It’s safe to say that after putting our kids to bed last winter we made this so often, we never had any frangelico left to make anything else with it.


It’s Christmas after all and doing special things in the kitchen seems to be a vital part of the season.

Adult Hot Chocolate
Adult Hot Chocolate

When Natalie told me she wanted to make homemade Irish Cream for the blog this December, I thought it was the best idea knowing we could use it in this: our favorite, go to winter cocktail. And while you can make this drink using a packet of hot cocoa mix, we wanted to add a little something to make it extra special for you guys. It’s Christmas after all and doing special things in the kitchen seem to be a vital-part of the season.

Adult Hot Chocolate
Adult Hot Chocolate
Adult Hot Chocolate

We bought good quality chocolate and whipped up a batch of homemade marshmallows which our children absolutely LOVED. We caught them covered head to toe in powdered sugar, mouths full of white fluff. Chubby bunny toddler style. We hope you will take the time to indulge in this rich and happy treat. With or without the alcohol it is a delightful refreshment when there’s a chill in the air.

Adult Hot Chocolate
Adult Hot Chocolate

Adult Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 cups whole milk
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla
6 oz dark chocolate (60%)
1 tsp sea salt
4 oz bourbon
2 oz frangelico
2 oz Irish Cream
marshmallows

Method

  1. In a small sauce pan heat milk, sugar, salt and vanilla over medium-low heat until sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Make sure the milk does not come to a boil. Add the chocolate in pieces, whisking until completely incorporated. Remove from heat.
  2. Once removed from heat, stir in bourbon, frangelico and Irish cream. Serve immediately with marshmallows.