Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

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You did it. You made it through the holiday season. You successfully navigated the two months between Thanksgiving and being home for winter long enough to make it back to good old East Lansing for another semester. Why call it a “winter break” if avoiding your family is a full-time job? Well, now that you’re all settled back into school, the real winter fun can begin. We want you to enjoy this time before the semester really starts to take a turn for the worst, and what better way than to kick back with a mug of hot chocolate? That’s right, we’re turning your childhood favorite into an adult winter-must-have. So, as you watch the snow fall, and your due dates start to pile up, put on those fuzzy socks you got for Christmas and treat yo’self to this little cup of winter cheer.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

What you’ll need:

1 quart skim milk

6 ounces of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

9 ounces of peppermint Schnapps

Peppermint sticks to stir

How to Make it:

In a small pot or saucepan, heat 1 cup of milk over low heat.

Add in the chocolate chunks until they are melted and stir constantly.

Add in the rest of the milk and increase to medium heat.

Continue to whisk rapidly without allowing the mixture to boil.


To Serve:

Pour into small cups (or mugs) with approx. 1 ½ shots of peppermint Schnapps.

Stir with peppermint stick and add whip cream to serve!


Makes approximately 10 servings.


Jessica Kukla is a senior studying professional writing and minoring in documentary production. Outside of class you’ll find her watching Project Runway and catching up on the latest episode of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me on NPR. You can follow her on Twitter at @jesskuks.

Tags: adulting, alcohol, hot chocolate, spiked, warm, winter