Spiked Hot Chocolate

by Robyn Wright on February 27, 2015

in Food

Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

The cold has been tough almost all over the country this winter. While the weather may not be so nice, this week’s cocktail is sure help warm you up! This hot chocolate recipe comes from a brand new luxury inn in Stowe, Vermont, Edson Hill. If anyone knows how to mix up a drink to keep people warm it is this place. A huge thanks to them for sharing the recipe with the rest of us. Mix this up and curl up in front of the fire and pretend you are there!

This recipe calls for a few ingredients you may not have on hand. First Dutch cocoa powder is different than regular unsweetened cocoa as it has been treated to neutralize its natural acidity. Because this recipe does not require baking you could probably substitute regular unsweetened cocoa if that is what you have on hand. The Espolon Tequila Reposado is a specific brand of tequila and it is excellent, but again, if you have other tequila on hand you could make a substitution. The Mezcal is a product is similar to tequila but has a strong smoky flavor, you could just use more tequila in place of this, but Mezcal is excellent if you want to give it a try. The Licor 43 is a product that is citrus based and infused with vanilla and a bit harder to substitute actually. Licor 43 is a bit pricey too, my best suggestion would be to substitute vanilla infused simply syrup if you must.  The Chocolate Mole Syrup is from Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont, and the bitters are from AZ Bitters Lab.

Spiked Hot Chocolate


  • 1 tablespoon Dutch Cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 dash ground cinnamon
  • 1/3oz Sumptuous Syrups Chocolate Mole
  • 2 dashes AZBittersLab Mas Mole
  • 5oz hot dark roast coffee
  • 1/2oz Espolon Tequila Reposado
  • 1/2oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven
  • 1/4oz Licor 43
  • vanilla whipped cream
  • cayenne pepper/sugar sprinkle (1:3 ratio)


Combine cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, Sumptuous Chocolate Mole Syrup, and Mole Bitters in a coffee mug. Now add the hot coffee, tequila, mezcal, and vanilla liqueur. Stir. Top with vanilla whipped cream. Garnish with cayenne pepper/sugar sprinkle.

Now, if all that seems a little complex for you, bookmark this recipe and next time you are at a well stocked bar ask the bartender to make it for you!




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1 ginette4 February 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Wow..lots of ingredients that I would never of thought of putting into hot chocolate..tequia and cayenne pepper…sounds interesting for sure.

2 Robyn Wright February 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

That is why mixologists are worth their pay for sure – so creative!

3 ginette4 March 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Yes very creative, I’ve tried chocolate with cayenne but not in a drink, I’ll have to give it a whirl or two! :)

4 shellypeterson February 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm

oh yum! I would love to try one of these.

5 Angela saver February 28, 2015 at 12:36 am

Thanks for this recipe! With all this snow & cold weather we’ve been getting here in Missouri, I can use some hot chocolate..spiked, of course!


6 Robyn Wright February 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Yes! Snowing now here in St. Louis – expecting about 7″ tonight and tomorrow

7 Robin February 28, 2015 at 7:38 am

This photo is amazing (and the recipe itself sounds good too)!

I would like to track down some of that Chocolate Mole Syrup.

8 Robyn Wright February 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

The photo is from the resort – but I agree, it is amazing! I’m going to set up a photo table in front of my fireplace LOL

9 coupcrazy February 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

This looks great! Perfect for my cousins wedding coming up.

10 Robyn Wright February 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Oh how fun to serve this at a winter wedding!

11 Christie February 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

Great recipe, I am going to try!

12 Robyn Wright February 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Let me know what you think when you try it!

13 Dawn Schamp-Monzu February 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

OH MY LORD…does anything look as good as this? YUMMY! I don’t know if this is a picture you downloaded, or if you actually made these look this good! They are amazing, and thank you for the yummy recipe. God bless!

14 Robyn Wright March 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

The picture came from the PR company – I just added a title.

15 musicfan_nyc March 1, 2015 at 12:14 am

Great recipe! It looks delicious!

16 tannawings March 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

Now this I would drink although never make. I am far too lazy for this one. Here is the laazy way…. hot cocoa and add Baileys :) The only time I actually enjoy a drink and one thats hot is alfter being out in the snow shoveling. I would RUN to your house for one of these drinks. OK maybe not run, but you know stroll

17 Robyn Wright March 7, 2015 at 10:49 am

LOL – well while hot cocoa and Baileys is good, not quite the same as this drink. I agree this one requires a lot more work though. We are all just going to have to go to the resort and have some there!

18 AngelaLilly March 2, 2015 at 9:31 am

oooooooooooooooo that sounds SO good! It would be something that could make me very drunk. LOL!!! Good thing I don’t drink. I love spicy hot cocoa though. :-D

19 Robyn Wright March 7, 2015 at 10:49 am

I love spicy chocolate of any kind!

20 AngelaLilly March 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

Ditto. Have you tried chocolate chai lattes? OMG yummy! :-D

21 Robyn Wright March 11, 2015 at 2:56 pm

I have not – but I will watch for it!

22 AngelaLilly March 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

I make mine at home. I tried the TAZO version and the Starbucks version (may be the same thing LOL) but did not care for them. I just use my own hot cocoa mix and then use that rather than plain milk to cut my own chai with. YUMMY! :-D

23 Nicolthe pickle March 3, 2015 at 10:33 am

This looks amazing! I would love this for a chilly evening.

24 Don Horrigan March 7, 2015 at 2:23 am

Hi there, this recipe was made “on the fly”, for a group of women dining in The Tavern at Edson

25 Robyn Wright March 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

Thank you for stopping by Don and giving us more detail about the conception of this drink! The recipe is amazing and I think I just need to head to Edson Hill and have you all make one for me!

26 Dawn Monroe March 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

I always make my grand kids hot chocolate and now I can make myself the special kind, thanks!

27 Robyn Wright March 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

Just don’t mix them up LOL

28 SueSueper March 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm

What a nice recipe. I need to try it. Need a little kick every now and again.

29 Robyn Wright March 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm

We all need a little kick every once in a while

30 Sunshine M. March 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

This sounds amazing! I must try! We’re still having some chilly nights and this would be perfect for them.

31 Debbie S. March 22, 2015 at 12:13 am

Sounds delicious. Even though spring has officially arrived we are having snow all weekend. I think this would definitely warm me up, also I think this will be great for nights around the campfire this spring also. Thanks for sharing.

32 Melinda Stephens March 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

This sounds amazing. I love hot chocolate.

33 Carolyn Daley March 31, 2015 at 6:33 pm

This sounds great. I would also like to try hot chocolate with a bit of Kahlua, cinnamon, and vanilla whipped cream.

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