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Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Luxurious dark chocolate, cinnamon, and a bit of heat make this Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate a decadent treat perfect on a winter’s night in front of a roaring fire! And this post keeps on giving with a #VirtualCookieExchange, and links to some amazing cookies from some of my favorite bloggers! 

2 glass mugs of Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate with whipping cream and cinnamon stick.

He stood for a few moments, looking about. Behind him the rain whirled at the door. Ahead of him on a low table, stood a silver pot of hot chocolate, steaming, and a cup, full, with a marshmallow in it.

~~ Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man.

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – About Mexican Hot Chocolate

What could possibly be more appealing than a “silver pot of hot chocolate, steaming?” Why, Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate of course.  😍 No, I don’t indulge often, but when I do, it has to “count.”

In other words, I’m not wasting my calories on snacks or ordinary sugar-laden junk food. I want layers of complex flavor in my desserts (as I do this Mexican-inspired chocolate mousse). This boozy hot chocolate recipe has layers of complex flavor, starting with the artisan 70% dark chocolate, and ending with molé bitters.

So, what makes this hot chocolate “Mexican?” Simple: Cinnamon, chipotle, and a hint of molé from the bitters. Chocolate, spice, and a subtle savory note make molé bitters a perfect complement to this creamy Mexican Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe. If you invest in a bottle (there are many commercially available from Bittermens, Fee, etc. and on Amazon), you’ll want to try my Mexican Manhattan too!

A single glass mug of Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate on a tarnished silver tray with a bar of bittersweet Mexican chocolate and mole bitters.

📋 Ingredients Notes

Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.

  • milk or half n’ half
  • dark chocolate – Use really good (Mexican if possible) chocolate!
  • ground cinnamon
  • agave nectar
  • brandy – You don’t need “top shelf” spirits, but get something drinkable.
  • mole bitters – Substitute chocolate, cinnamon, or orange bitters if you can’t find them.
  • garnishes – whipping cream, cinnamon, orange zest (optional garnish)

🔪 Instructions

While you’re piling on the calories, add a dollop of whipped cream, and garnish with orange zest and/or cinnamon. Trust me. The calories are worth it!

  1. Heat the milk and chocolate – Add milk or half n’ half to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the chopped chocolate. Heat slowly, stirring often, until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the spices – Add the cinnamon, chipotle powder, and agave nectar. Stir well.
  3. Finish the hot chocolate – Just before serving, add the brandy, and continue on heat until just below a boil. DO NOT BOIL.
  4. Serve – Pour the chocolate into mugs, shake a few dashes of mole bitters on each, garnish as desired. Enjoy!

💭 Tips

I use Mozna 70% Cacao single origin Mexican dark chocolate, and nothing else “will do!” You can substitute your favorite dark chocolate, but use 70% or your hot chocolate may be too sweet!

We love Mexican Hot Chocolate with discernible heat (after all, we’re former New Mexicans!). If you’re concerned, start with 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder and taste. You can add but not remove!

Molé bitters are widely available, and online from Amazon. If you can’t find them, try chocolate, orange, or cinnamon bitters.

Yes, the calories are high! Keep in mind they’re just an approximation for reference. This is a special occasion dessert/drink.

❓ FAQ

Do I have to use bitters?

No! You will still have an excellent hot chocolate. It just adds another layer of complexity. If you can’t find mole bitters, orange, chocolate, or cinnamon bitters are good alternatives.

How long does this take to make, and is it worth the trouble?

It really shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes. You’re just melting a chopped up chocolate bar in milk or half n’ half, and adding in a few other ingredients.

🧂 Useful Stuff

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70% Mexican Chocolate
Glass Coffee Mugs
Ground Ancho Powder

P.S. Yes, I do “healthy with global flair,” but I also practice “all things in moderation.” It’s easier to make healthy choices most of the time when you allow yourself a splurge now and then…

And if a mug of Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate isn’t enough temptation, how about a Virtual Cookie Exchange? Celebrate the season with one (or all) of these festive, fun, fabulous cookie recipes from some of my favorite food blogger friends! A special “shout out” to our hostess Lynn at The Road to Honey!

Ugly Sweater Gingerbread Cookies  What Should I Make For

Gingerbread Cookies – All Spruced Up The Sweet Nerd

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies Girl Heart Food

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies ♥ The Beach House Kitchen

Lemon Pistachio Shortbread Cookies  Seasons & Suppers

Italian Wedding Cookies Ciao Chow Bambina

Hedgehog Cookies Contemplating Sweets

Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Bars ♥ Salt & Lavender

Bradshaw Cookies: A Sour Cream Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting ♥ Meg is Well

S’Mores Cookies ♥ The Busy Spatula

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Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Luxurious dark chocolate, cinnamon, and a bit of heat make this Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate a decadent treat perfect on a winter’s night in front of a roaring fire!
4.95 from 18 votes

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 servings
Calories 548 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cup milk or half n’ half - your choice!
  • 3.5 ounce bar of dark chocolate - chopped (see Tips and FAQ in post)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon - I like Saigon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder - or less (see Tips and FAQ in post)
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 2 shots - 3 ounces brandy
  • mole bitters - (see Tips and FAQ in post)
  • whipped cream - for garnish
  • orange zest - for garnish
  • cinnamon - for garnish

Instructions

  • Add milk or half n’ half to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the chopped chocolate. Heat slowly, stirring often, until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Add the cinnamon, chipotle powder, and agave nectar. Stir well.
  • Just before serving, add the brandy, and continue on heat until just below a boil. DO NOT BOIL.
  • To serve: Pour the chocolate into mugs, shake a few dashes of mole bitters on each, garnish as desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 266mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 35g

NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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29 Comments

  1. “…is this worth the trouble?” Hell yeah this is worth the trouble. OMG, wish I had the ingredients I’d have Bobby making a fire right now while I cook us up a couple of these. What a holiday – strike that – anytime beverage! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!!!

    1. It’s pretty amazing, and the calories are a bit over the top! But, hey, it’s the holidays right? I’m supposed to be a healthy blogger. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. The mole bitters are amazing… They’re just too expensive! I’m going to work on developing my own DIY version. Aren’t the cookies all amazing? I just never cease to be amazed by all the talent in the food blogging community. Merry Christmas lovely!

  2. Wow, love the all the flavors of this hot chocolate! It looks so decadent and rich. Perfect for cold winter nights ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Jennifer! I can’t wait to try your Lemon Pistachio Shortbread Cookies… This is the only time of year I cast discipline aside and enjoy… Merry Christmas!

    1. ‘Tis the season for warm and cozy by the fire! I’d love 1 or 5 of your Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies to go with my Brandy-Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate!

  3. Oh my we are always looking for a great cocktail. We are expecting 28 people this year for the first Xmas we will host in our home! This sounds so chocolatey rich and delectable.

    1. 28? Wow! Sounds exhausting but fun!

      This Mexican hot chocolate is rich, and definitely a departure from my “healthy with global flair” tagline. Lol. We have to live a little during the holidays, right?

    1. Right? Cookies and hot chocolate are a perfect pairing, but a brandy-spike hot chocolate with cinnamon and chipotle is irresistable! Thanks for stopping by Cathy!

    1. That hint of chipotle burn and the cinnamon make this brandy-spiked hot chocolate extra special, but calorie alert! It’s definitely an indulgence! Merry Christmas Dawn!

    1. Thank you lovely Annie! Living in south Texas (land of eternal summer), I miss cozying up with a roaring fire and a mug of hot chocolate once or twice a year… In fact, we don’t even have a fireplace in our current home. I had to pretend when I worked on this recipe. Lol. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. I’ve never heard of mole bitters and I wish I had, they sound amazing. I would love one of these with any of the cookies I’ve been drooling over today!

  5. Oh my we are always looking for a great cocktail. We are expecting 28 people this year for the first Xmas we will host in our home! This sounds so chocolatey rich and delectable.

  6. No cookie swap is complete without the hot chocolate! And even better with booze. This looks so warm, cozy and decadent, can’t wait to try!

  7. This is as special a treat as they come!! With fire roaring and mug in hand, we can’t help but have a lovely holiday experience! Happy holidays, my friend!