Cheers! Add a splash of Irish cream to your hot cocoa for a fun and tasty holiday drink! Grab an Irish Hot Cocoa and then sit back and enjoy the holidays with your friends and family.
Have you ever noticed how the holidays really bring out the best in people? Sure, there is the pre-holiday madness with long grocery store lines, last-minute present buying and constantly finding scotch tape stuck to the bottom of your socks. (Hey, I never claimed to be the best present wrapper.) But once that madness has past, it’s time to finally sit back and enjoy the season with friends and family. And guess what? This Irish Hot Cocoa is just the right drink to serve to warm up the room!
Speaking of bringing out the best in people, I just recently heard about the Christmas Truce of 1914. Have you guys heard about this? World War I began in July 1914. Five months later, the fighting between the Allied Troops and the Germans had reached intense levels. Then came Christmas Eve. The strangest thing happened. The opposing troops sang Christmas carols back and forth to one another from their trenches. Seriously…this really happened! And on Christmas morning, the enemies met in the middle of the battlefield and exchanged cigarettes and plum pudding. There was even a friendly game of soccer. This only happened once–on that first Christmas of World War I. Talk about a story that really encapsulates the spirit of the holidays.
Irish Hot Cocoa
We’ve all heard of Irish Coffee, right? A cup of coffee with a shot of Irish whiskey or Irish cream. It’s a great way to start the morning…especially when the house is full of in-laws! (haha…just kidding!) Well, I decided to mix it up slightly and add a splash of Irish cream to a steaming mug of hot cocoa. In a pinch, you could totally use the pre-mixed packets of cocoa, but the real stuff is not much harder to make. It’s milk, cocoa powder and a bit of sugar.
Whatever you do, don’t forget the Irish cream! Walk out of the kitchen carrying a tray of these Irish Hot Cocoas, and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be the most popular person in the room. At least until your new niece walks in the door. Here’s to family, friends and a great holiday season! Cheers!
Did you make a batch of this Irish Hot Cocoa at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Irish Hot Cocoa
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Irish Cream liquor i.e. Bailey’s, Carolan's, etc
- Whipped cream and additional cocoa powder for garnish
- Using a medium saucepan, add the milk, cocoa powder and sugar. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and well combined.
- Remove pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla and Irish Cream.
- Pour into glasses and garnish with whipped cream.
- Sprinkle with additional cocoa powder before serving.
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