Who doesn’t love a nice cup of hot chocolate? Especially during the cold winter months. But how about taking your love for this classic drink up a notch by adding some alcohol to it? Yes, that’s right, spiked hot chocolate is a thing and it’s definitely delicious.
And what goes best with a cup of (adult) hot chocolate? A great thriller or mystery book. I recently took a dive into the mystery genre and definitely can picture myself sitting on a windowsill while snow falls outside having this festive drink and reading an incredible book.
So, this recipe dedication is going to be a bit different. Instead of one book, we’re going to be dedicating this drink to any book in that genre!
Why You’ll Love This Easy Spiked Hot Chocolate With A Mystery
I mean who doesn’t love hot chocolate with some insane mysteries? Mystery books and hot chocolate are the ultimate combination especially on a cold winter night.
Now, you’re more than welcome to have a normal hot cocoa, and not a spiked hot chocolate – but c’mon, we’re all of age here. Pick up that mystery book you’ve been avoiding and get your drink on!
And if you’re stuck on what to read next, here are two of my absolute favorite mystery/thriller books.
1. The Thursday Murder Club by George Osman
“In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?” (Goodreads)
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
“No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls…” (Goodreads)
Equipment Needed To Make A Spiked Hot Cocoa
When I say easy-peasy I mean it! Especially with this festive drink.
- Blender – The Nutribullet is a personal favorite of mine!
- Juicer if you prefer fresh juice
- Cutting Board & Kitchen Knife
- Reusable ziplock bags for any extra fruit
Ingredients For Your Spiked Hot Chocolate
- Hot Chocolate
- Peppermint Schnapps
How To Make A Spiked Hot Chocolate
- Dissolve hot cocoa powder (or melt chocolate) into hot milk, plant based milk or water.
- Add peppermint schnapps
- Garnish with marshmallows and/or candy cane
What to Serve/Pair with Your Spiked Hot Chocolate
It’s pretty obvious the best food pairing with hot chocolate is …cookies right? I mean it’s a universal law to have cookies and hot chocolate. Here are some great cookie recipes you might crave while sipping on this festive drink.
Other Books & Drink Pairings You’ll Love
Here are some of my absolute favorite book and drink pairings!
Spiked Hot Chocolate FAQ
1. What Should I Spike My Hot Chocolate With?
- Spiced Rum
- And apparently red wine?!
2. What Flavored Liqueurs Taste Good In Spiked Hot Chocolate?
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