12 Days of Holiday Cocktails: Grown-up Hot Chocolate

we kicked off Sunday morning with some hot chocolate, which got me thinking about closing the evening out with a spiked version as well – my personal favorite addition is #3, but here’s a few other ideas as well, courtesy of Food Republic:

1. Kahlúa
Kahlúa and coffee are a classic combo, but here at Food Republic we like to reinvent the classics [8] and bring you something even better. That’s why we’re introducing you to Kahlúa’s recently launched new flavor, cinnamon spice. The marriage of spicy coffee liqueur and chocolate is like an alcoholic mocha bumped up a notch.

2. Rum
Rum will add a warm, spicy Caribbean twist to any dreary cold night. For an extra kick use Mexican chocolate in place of the regular stuff. If you’r feeling inspired why not whip up some Mole Poblano [9], invite some friends over, and call it a fiesta?! Known to gringos as chocolate sauce, this mexican speciality is so much more!

3. Baileys
We all know that the Irish have whisky down to a tee. Just ask any expert [10] on Irish mobs. We like to top this whisky, cream and chocolate concoction with marshmallows dunked in whisky for an extra oomph.

4. Tequila
Yes, yes, I know what all you tequila purists are thinking. But trust me on this tipsy tequila and you won’t see chocolate in the same light (or dark, depending on how much you consume.)

5. Peppermint Schnapps
Choosing a favorite cocoa-booze combo is tricky task, but this one would probably take the cake. The peppermint compliments the chocolate creating a peppermint patty-esque treat that will take you back to that Christmas at Oma and Opa’s in Gstaad, even if you’re from South Jersey. It’s magical like that.

Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gangstafabulous/549">_stmasso_</a>

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