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mug of bourbon gingerbread hot cocoa with jumbo marshmallow on top

Bourbon Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Spiced hot cocoa with a shot of bourbon makes for a cozy and indulgent seasonal treat.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas hot cocoa, holiday hot cocoa, hot chocolate with bourbon, how to make gingerbread hot cocoa, spiced hot cocoa recipe, spiked hot chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Jazzmine from Dash of Jazz


  • 1 ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 shot bourbon whiskey
  • whipped cream, cocoa powder, cinnamon, marshmallows for garnish optional


  1. Add all ingredients except bourbon to saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until dry ingredients are dissolved and mixture is uniform.

  2. Cook for about six minutes until mixture is steaming. Do not bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in bourbon. Alternatively you can add bourbon as hot cocoa cooks for less of an alcohol taste.

  3. Divide cocoa between two mugs and garnish as desired. Enjoy carefully and responsibly!

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