Spiked Hot Chocolate: A Christmas Miracle
I don’t know about you, but the semester has put me into full-on humbug mode until now. I did not want to participate in anything, especially anything festive or merry. I was the worst Grinch around, I’m surprised that my heart didn’t turn black completely.
But now that finals are over, that heart has begun to grow a little.
This is the first weekend that I have not had homework looming over my head, and it feels amazing. I have been watching Christmas movies with The Boyfriend and napping with my dog without a care in the world. I’ve also been having some fun with baking in preparation for an upcoming cookie exchange. What has two thumbs and can make dozens of Russian tea cookies? This gal (you can’t see it, but I’m pointing my thumbs at myself).
On top of this, since I don’t have to have my wits about me all the time, I’ve been able to catch up on the day drinking that I’m often forced to give up during the school year. Namely, I’ve been experimenting with some boozy hot chocolate recipes that I can put out for Christmas dinner. I wanted something that wouldn’t get everyone totally shloshed, but would loosen everyone up while remaining festive.
Now, let me address the elephant in the room: Some people hate Jaeger. Those people are wrong, but I’ll indulge them. If you can’t stand Jaeger, it can easily be replaced in this recipe by vodka or spiced rum. However, I think that the licorice flavor of the Jaeger complements the sweetness of the hot chocolate the best, so it’s the alcohol that I choose (aka, it’s the right alcohol).
All jokes aside, this drink is very easy to make and it is a crowd pleaser.
12 Cups Water
12 Oz. Evaporated Milk
1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Cup Sugar (Powdered or Granulated)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon, To Taste
Nutmeg, To Taste
3 Star Anise (Optional)
Jaegermeister (Or Vanilla/Whipped Cream Vodka)
Add the water and evaporated milk to the pot, heat on medium until bubbles begin to form at the edges. Whisk together cocoa powder and sugar to get rid of clumps. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise (optional) to the pot. Stir until powder has incorporated into liquid.
Bring heat down to low and let simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1 shot of Jaeger (or desired alcohol) into each cup and ladle hot chocolate over it. Do not stir. Serve immediately.
This is the perfect thing to serve at any holiday party, especially if you know a particularly overworked parent or college student (who is over 21, obviously). I like that it gets people to chill out, since this is a time of year where we are so often rushing, rushing, rushing to the next party or holiday sale or family event. Having a drink (responsibly) allows you to slow down and enjoy things more.
Do you have any spiked Christmas drinks that you recommend? If so, leave the recipe and/or a link to your blog in the comments below. I’d love to see how everyone else is unwinding.
Until next time, keep your hollies jolly and…you know…other Christmas sayings.