Heads up! This amaretto hot chocolate recipe is for adults only. Even if you remove the booze, something’s kinda missing. Omitting the liquor actually takes away quite a bit from the intended flavor, but the chocolate vibe will not be lost. The amaretto adds even more warmth and richness without going into sweetness overload, and the tequila gives it a much welcomed kick. Also, this is my favorite hot chocolate recipe next to one other that I may end up sharing as well. However, this one may top that one. This one is so smooth, deeply chocolate without overwhelm, and it makes you “Mmmm” on the first sip. Yep, one of those. This is a hot chocolate recipe for when you want to impress someone. So keep this one handy! Try it. Let me know how you/they like it.

It makes roughly 3 full cups, and leftovers can be refrigerated.

Enjoy! Don’t forget, December boxes are shipping out soon! There’s a whole post on it!

Amaretto Hot Chocolate

Smooth, spiked chocolate. Need I say more?
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: allspice, brandy, chile, cinnamon, hot chocolate, mezcal, nutmeg, tequila, whipped cream, white chocolate, white chocolate brownies, winter drinks
Servings: 2 people


Whipped Topping

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping creamy cold
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp brandy or whisky

Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract or 2 inches of vanilla bean
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate bar chocolate preferred
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp amaretto liqueur
  • 1 tbsp tequila


  • Whisk the heavy cream with the powdered sugar until softly whipped. Chill.
  • Bring the milk and all other ingredients except the tequila to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Whisk to combine. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks, and add tequila.
  • Strain into your mug. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle a little more nutmeg on top, and enjoy.

Hot Chocolate


    I like brown sugar-sweetened whipped cream. However, it can be difficult getting it to dissolve enough for the lightly whipped cream this recipe calls for. If you want to try, simply warm the heavy whipping cream with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and then chill. Once chilled, whip it up.

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