Whiskey Hot Chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and caramel

Whiskey Hot Chocolate

Whiskey Hot Chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and caramel
If you are over the age of 21 and drink alcohol like a responsible adult (whatever that means), there’s probably a certain type you will never go near, because you had an experience as a teenager/young adult where you drank it like water and learned a lesson about the relationship between upset tummies and alcohol. Or maybe that’s just me. Beer coolers and straight vodka will never again touch my tongue.

Whiskey, on the other hand, I didn’t dare venture near in my early drinking days. Whiskey felt sophisticated, old, and far beyond the reach of my limited knowledge of alcohol. As I begin to study more about different types of alcohol, and become slightly more fluent in wine knowledge (a necessity as a server), I’m beginning to expand my drink repertoire. After all, I couldn’t stand the smell or taste of beer until I travelled to London and began to appreciate the nature of slinging down a cold brew in a toasty pub. Maybe it’s possible that with increased exposure, I’ll become a whiskey fan?

If this at all reads confusing to you, it’s probably because I’m obsessed with putting whiskey in desserts. Take the harshness of the alcohol away, and whiskey has a deep sweetness that can’t be beat. Knowing that, I’ve decided to start experimenting with whiskey cocktails in the hopes that I’ll eventually mature into sipping fancy whiskey straight from a glass.
Whiskey Hot Chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and caramel
This whiskey hot chocolate (not hot cocoa, there actually is a difference) is rich and smooth and wonderfully creamy. At first sip, the whiskey is noticable immediately, but the hot chocolate flavour takes over your whole body and warms you up from the insides. There’s both cocoa and chocolate chips for ultimate chocolatey goodness, and, for an extra treat, try making the hot chocolate and storing it in the fridge overnight. Once cooled down, whiskey hot chocolate is a great chocolate milk/cocktail that’ll brighten up your afternoon. Whiskey hot chocolate also tastes fantastic topped with mini marshmallows and caramel. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Whiskey Hot Chocolate
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: serves a healthy 2
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 fl. oz. whiskey
  • caramel and marshmallows or whipped cream for topping
  1. Add the cocoa, chocolate chips, sugar, chili powder, and milk to a small saucepan. Heat over medium high, whisking constantly to dissolve the cocoa and melt the chips. Bring the hot chocolate to a steam–not a boil–then remove from heat.
  2. Add the whiskey, and divide the hot chocolate between two mugs. Top with caramel and whipped cream or marshmallows.

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

26 thoughts on “Whiskey Hot Chocolate”

  1. Whiskey was always the death of me. That would really screw up my stomach! But once you take away the alcohol taste I’m sure that initial flavor would be great in desserts! Maybe one day I can drink these and feel like a sophisticated adult as well! These look great!

  2. I definitely learned that lesson in college and stayed away from whisky for a long time. For a while though I was only able to drink alcohols without any additives or sugars in it, so I would slowly sip on a whisky in the bar. That’s when I really learned how to appreciate whisky and all the subtle flavors. Still, if I’m drinking it straight, only certain brands will do. These look amazing and I want to sip on them in front of a fire! Love your photography!

    1. Thanks so much for the compliment Megan! What are some of your favourite brands to sip? I need all the help I can get πŸ˜‰

          1. Tullamore Dee is my personal favorite. And I wasn’t a whiskey drinker until a little over a year ago. But it’s a staple in my house now. ?

  3. I’ve always overlooked whiskey but within the last few years my husband has gotten really into it! I need to make this for him as a special treat! I think we both would love it!

    1. Hope you two enjoy πŸ™‚ I’ve been in the same place re: overlooking whiskey but my partner just loves it, which is why I’m trying to branch out!

  4. My husband is a big whiskey fan but I still can’t drink it straight. Mixed into cocktails or better yet, this delicious hot chocolate? I think I can handle that. This looks so delicious! Also I had no idea that there was an actual difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate – turns out I am a hot chocolate fan, not a hot cocoa fan.

    1. I had no idea either! But then I looked it up, because I didn’t want there to be any confusion, though I guess since I used both chips and chocolate I’m a huge fake πŸ˜‰

  5. I will NOT go near GoldschlΓ€ger. Like, you couldn’t PAY me to take even a baby sip of the stuff. Just typing the name out made me upchuck a little vomit in my throat. (<– too visual?) But, whiskey? We are good friends. Whiskey in hot chocolate? Ummm hello NEW BESTIE!! This is beyond. This is THE drink I want to sip while I cozy up by the fire and binge watch Netflix. This WILL be THE DRINK I consume from here on out, through on to the spring. You are a genius. And I want to hug you. πŸ˜‰ PINNED! Cheers! *clink clink*
    (side note: i'm allergic to cocoa so I will have to sub white chocolate…hope I have your A.OK!)

  6. I could never handle whisy in college, but the way you photographed this (actually, all your recipes…), I may have to try this out for my family over christmas!

  7. Omnomnom I make whiskey hot chocolate by adding whiskey into the watery hot chocolate mess my grandma makes meat christmas to try and make it more drinkable. This looks infinitely less sad and so much more delicious.

  8. We are supposed to get our first snowstorm today and I want to snuggle up under the covers with a mug of this cozy hot chocolate! Love the whiskey in here! I think that’s the only way I’ll have it now — too many bad past memories haha πŸ˜‰

  9. This sounds absolutely ridiculous. I LOVE using whiskey in sweets, one of my very favorite uses is making homemade marshmallows with Jack Daniel’s… they would be so perfect to top off this hot chocolate with! Btw, thanks for clarifying the hot cocoa vs. hot chocolate, I had no idea! Hot chocolate for the win πŸ˜‰

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