Four ingredient hot chocolate topped with vanilla-flavored whipped cream. You’re going to want to sip on this Boozy Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream all winter long!
…..uh, longest title ever. But I couldn’t leave out the whipped cream part. I just couldn’t.
I think you know by now that warm drinks aren’t really my thing—I much prefer iced coffee/any kind of cold drink. However, as the weather gets colder, it can be nice to sip on something warm every once in awhile. Especially if that warm drink has alcohol in it.
HOLD THE PHONE. No actually don’t because I’m being serious. I can’t say ALL chocolate beverages are good with alcohol in them, but this one certainly is.
The tried an alcoholic milkshake for the first time two years ago. It was something like a salted caramel pretzel milkshake with some sort of alcohol in it. I remember being SO stoked to try it. I took my first sip and actually spit it out. It was terrible. It was so long ago that I don’t recall what exactly was so bad about it—I’m guessing too much alcohol and not enough chocolate—but I remember feeling bad for making Miguel spend $10 on it. Pshhhhh, gross overpriced cocktails. I’m not about it.
I AMMMMMM about homemade drinks though, always and forever. Homemade hot chocolate takes approximately three minutes to make and homemade VANILLA BEAN whipped cream takes maybe seven. And I’m not saying you NEED the whipped cream but…. you need the whipped cream. It completes the drink. It’s the caramel to the apple, the cream cheese to the bagel, the almond milk to the coffee. You get the point.
I used the same hot chocolate recipe from a hot chocolate recipe I created last year and then added 2 tablespoon of bourbon. I wasn’t totally sure how I’d feel about it but uh….. let’s just say I made it a second time and may or may not be drinking it as I’m typing. Maybe. Ok I am.
For the whipped cream, I simply mixed coconut cream (make sure to drain all the liquid from it first), powdered sugar, vanilla bean, and vanilla extract. SO GOOD. I know you might want to omit the vanilla beans because who keeps vanilla beans in their pantry? But don’t. They’re not expensive and it truly adds to the flavor.
Other than that, I hope you love this drink! Oh, and TGIF!!
- Hot chocolate:
- 2 cups almond milk or coconut milk
- 2 tablespoon cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon bourbon more or less depending on preference
- Whipped cream:
- 1 can 14 oz. coconut cream
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 3 vanilla beans
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For the hot chocolate: heat milk over stovetop and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and stir in cacao, vanilla and bourbon; pour into mug.
- For the whipped cream: open the can of coconut cream and drain all of the liquid from it; pour cream into a bowl.
- Add powdered sugar, vanilla bean and extract and mix together, preferably with an electric mixer.
- Pour whipped cream into a bowl and place in the freezer. The longer it freezes the more like "cool whip" it'll become, but it should be ok to use after 20 minutes or so.
- Top hot chocolate with whipped cream and enjoy!
Kristen @ The Endless Meal says
Oh, man. You've just given me a serious hot chocolate craving. This looks SO GOOD!
carly @ Fitliving blog says
Oh yummy! I love hot chocolate and I'm thinking I need to whip up this recipe while my husband and I decorate the Christmas tree tonight 🙂
Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes says
Oh yea, I am all over this one!! You know what might make it even go over the edge? Some peppermint extract 🙂
Ohhhh you're so right!! That does sound good.
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
This has to be the best thing I have seen all week!
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
Sooooo I just want to swan dive into a huge vat of this with my mouth wide open. And girl... these pics are gorgeous! Love how moody they are!
Emilie @ Emilie Eats says
Can we all just have a girls night and sip on these??? Seriously making these for my next get-together!
Yesssssss that sounds kind of perfect.
Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says
Well apparently we were both on the same page today! Your boozy hot chocolate does sound a little bit more fun than mine, I will admit. And these pictures...girl, you are NAILING IT. They're so moody and beautiful.
Thanks so much Sarah! As far as your photos go--please teach me how to make whipped cream look beautiful haha you trump me on that for sure.
This drink was made for me, I swear. So I recently got a frother to make homemade matcha tea lattes and it has CHANGED MY LIFE. I could see using the frother for this whipped topping in this recipe as well. AND you used bourbon which is my favorite kind of hard alcohol to drink or cook with. Or do both at the same time...
Whaaaat?! Now I want a frother ASAP.
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness says
Mmmmmm yes to chocolatey/boozy drinks!!! Sorry your milkshake was a dud. I HATE overspending on alcohol, then when it isn't good - BAH HUMBUG! Making for Christmas Eve - my family is all about the decadent indulgences! 😉
Yes yes yes! Make it and tell me what you think 🙂
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
OMG Yum! I just made vegan hot chocolate last night. I didn't think about adding alcohol but that is the best idea ever!
What were you thinking?!! 😉 Kidding. Regular hot chocolate is also very delicious.
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen says
Oh my gosssshhhhhhh I need this in my life like right now. I am coming over.... be there in a few (hours...) 😉
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
First of all, your photos are stunning! And this just sounds so amazingly yummy! <3
Thank you!! 🙂
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
I'm thinking I need to start my day with this boozy hot chocolate - heck, it would have me saying TGIM, TGIT, TGIW and TGITH too - and it would be the perfect reason I played hookie! 🙂
Happy Friday Erin!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food says
Oh my gosh, I normally don't drink anything with liquor in it, but sometimes with the wintery drinks you have to make an exception. Sometimes I'll sip hot cider with a little spiced rum in it and that's really good.
This looks so decadent and would go perfect with my bathrobe and fireplace!
I agree! On a regular basis, I'm not like hmmm I think this needs.....BOURBON haha but sometimes you want alcohol, chocolate and you want to be warm! This is the solution.
Rachel @ athletic avocado says
hot chocolate + alcohol + vanilla bean whipped cream = perfection!! Nuff said ;P
you can take you boozy chocolate and come over for some boozy steamers and then we can play hookie from all real work and be happy. mmm k?
THAT'S THE BEST IDEA EVER.