Warm up this holiday season with a mug of Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate © 2017 COOKING WITH CURLS
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Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Warm up this holiday season with a mug of rich and delicious Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate! I have included 3 different ways to make the perfect cocktail.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 cups CashewMilk, Whole Milk, Half & Half
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 5 teaspoons cocoa
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon peppermint schnapps
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla vodka


  • Heat milk, brown sugar, and cocoa in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until bubbles start to form around the edges.
  • Add the chopped chocolate chunks and stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the vodka and peppermint schnapps.
  • Pour into mugs and top with your favorite whipped topping and garnish with chocolate shavings and crushed candy canes.


  • The double-chocolate hot cocoa was the weakest of the three. It had almost not chocolaty flavor.
  • The chocolate syrup would be my second choice. It had more flavor, but still wasn’t quite perfect.
  • Top with Coconut Whipped Cream or any other dairy-free whipped topping like SoyWhip or RiceWhip.
  • To make your whipped topping fancy, place in a small zipper top plastic bag with a decorative tip and pipe it over the hot chocolate in a swirling pattern. I was too lazy, I just plopped it right on top. Let’s call it “rustic”.
  • If peppermint isn’t your thing, substitute Baileys for the vodka and schnapps. That is my second favorite, especially after skiing all day!
  • For an alcohol-free version, skip the vodka and schnapps…then I would start with 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in place of the peppermint schnapps, or 2 Tablespoons of Peppermint Simple Syrup and adjust based on your personal preference.