Tequila and chocolate come together to create a spiked hot chocolate perfect for the winter season.
Few beverages are as blissful as a steaming cup of hot chocolate and what can make it better than adding a bit of booze. There are innumerable methods to make it, ranging from instant cocoa packets to double-boiler systems used for melting chocolate bars or chips with care. For Chris Patino, bartender and creator of this spiked hot chocolate he uses bold, rich flavors that can be found all throughout Mexico. Decadent chocolate and silky agave nectar pair perfectly with the bright citrus notes in Teremana Tequila, while the addition of cinnamon and cayenne pepper give it an unexpected, but pleasant kick. It’s the perfect drink to warm up your spirits, not to mention your palate, on a cold winter’s day!” says Patino.
And while you can use a classic chocolate to make the cocktail, if you want to lean heavily into the Mexican flavors, opt for Mexican chocolate. This chocolate has cinnamon, vanilla, and a touch of chili powder, which will give your drink a unique and delightful flavor.Print
Spiked Hot Chocolate
This hot chocolate is spiked with Teremana Blanco Tequila and has an unexpected, but pleasant kick.
- Author: Chris Patino
- Yield: 2 1x
Spiked Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups of milk of choice
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream of choice
- 4 ounces of dark chocolate chopped
- 2 tablespoons of agave syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup of Teremana Blanco Tequila
- 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- Whipped cream and cinnamon for topping (optional)
- In a small saucepan, heat the milk and heavy cream over medium heat until it begins to steam.
- Add the chopped chocolate, agave syrup, vanilla extract, sea salt, and cayenne pepper. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the tequila.
- Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Note: Be careful not to add too much cayenne pepper, as it can quickly become overpowering. Start with a small amount and add more to taste.
Keywords: hot chocolate, tequila, cayenne pepper, agave, winter cocktail, holiday cocktail, holiday drink