There’s nothing better than curling up under a blanket on a snowy day with a mug of hot chocolate. Oh wait! Yes, there is! Curling up under a blanket on a snowy day with a mug of boozy hot chocolate!

This hot cocoa is absolutely delicious, and you’ll get a nice little buzz, which makes getting through the holidays just a little bit easier.

To make this hot chocolate a bit healthier, I used dark chocolate and cocoa powder, which contain healthy antioxidants. Using actual dark chocolate makes this drink so rich and creamy. It’s way better than any hot cocoa packet!

Hot cocoa packets contain ingredients like artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, and they have no nutritional value. Definitely go for the real chocolate!

I used a sweetened vanilla almond milk. If you use unsweetened almond milk or regular cow’s milk, add some natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup or stevia.

I also used a candy cane to make my hot chocolate pepperminty, but you can also use a few drops of natural peppermint extract to reduce the sugar.

Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate 2


Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 cups almond milk

1 oz. dark chocolate, broken into pieces

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 candy cane or a few drops of peppermint oil

1 shot bourbon, dark rum or spiced liqueur (I used B&B Liqueur – it’s a blend of benedictine liqueur and brandy)

Pour almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the dark chocolate. Stir frequently while the chocolate melts. 

Add cocoa powder and stir until incorporated.

Bring to a low simmer for just a few seconds. Remove from heat and pour into a mug. Add booze and stir with a candy cane (or add peppermint extract and stir).

Makes 1 large serving


Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Sara Giboney is a health coach and certified group fitness instructor living in Kearney, Nebraska. She offers one-on-one health coaching services in-person and virtually, and wellness workshops in Nebraska communities and businesses. A self-proclaimed dessert addict, Sara shares some of the recipes that satisfy her sweet tooth without sabotaging her health goals on her blog, Sweet Success. The blog features easy and nutritious recipes, healthy eating and fitness tips, at-home workouts and strategies for implementing self-care into your daily life. Connect with Sara! Twitter - Instagram - @saragiboney Facebook - Sweet Success Blog Pinterest - Sara Giboney Google+ - Sweet Success [email protected]