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Schnapps and Hot Chocolate

Peppermint schnapps hot chocolate

Schnapps and hot chocolate is a delicious combination that turns an ordinary beverage into something extraordinary. Learn a few recipes that you'll want to keep on hand for adult gatherings when the weather is chilly.

A Word About Schnapps

When you think about the combination of schnapps and hot chocolate, you may automatically think about peppermint schnapps, and that's a good place to begin. However, schnapps comes in a variety of flavors, so don't be afraid to experiment in order to find some terrific flavor combinations.

Choosing Your Hot Chocolate

Before you even think about which kind of schnapps you want to use in your drink, you need to decide which kind of hot chocolate you're going to prepare.

Your immediate options lay between using instant hot chocolate mix or making your own hot chocolate from scratch. There are many fine mixes available today, and you can even choose between white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate mixes. Each choice will create a subtle difference the ultimate flavor or your drink, so you can go with your favorite.

Of course, nothing tastes quite so rich as homemade hot chocolate, and this can be a good choice when you have the extra time and inclination to make it.

So you can really choose whichever method is most convenient for you. If you want to make instant hot chocolate seem more like homemade, substitute hot milk in place of the hot water usually called for in the directions.

Recipes for Schnapps and Hot Chocolate

Here are a few easy recipes you can try, and they just might fuel your own imagination and inspire you to create a few recipes of your own.

Traditional Peppermint Cocoa

In a mug, combine:

  • 1 ounce of peppermint schnapps
  • Enough hot chocolate to fill the mug

A candy cane makes a nice combination stirrer and garnish. It's also traditional to top this beverage with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa or some drizzled chocolate syrup.

Cinnamint Hot Chocolate

In a mug, combine:

  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Enough hot chocolate to fill the mug

Garnish this drink with a cinnamon stick and place a peppermint candy on the saucer next to the mug.

Butterscotch Hot Chocolate

In a mug, combine:

  • Hot chocolate (White or milk chocolate, your choice)
  • 1 ounce of butterscotch schnapps

Place a butterscotch candy on the saucer next to the mug for a simple yet pleasing garnish.

Hot Buttered Almond Cocoa

In a mug, combine:

  • 1 ounce of butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce of amaretto
  • White chocolate cocoa

Place a few almonds on the saucer for your garnish.

Vanilla Hot Chocolate

In a mug, combine:

  • 2 ounces of vanilla schnapps
  • White chocolate cocoa

You can sprinkle a little freshly grated nutmeg on the top if you desire.

Create Your Own Masterpiece

It's easy to see how simple it is to create a variety of adult hot chocolate beverages just by varying the flavor of schnapps you use. You can also experiment with increasing or decreasing the amount of schnapps in the recipe until you reach the flavor level you want. Mix and match schnapps flavors as well as the type of chocolate you use until you create a personal masterpiece that becomes one of your favorite winter cocktails.

Schnapps and Hot Chocolate