As we count down the most wonderful time of the year, our "12 Days of Cocktails" series brings you delightful libations to elevate your holiday celebrations. Today, on Day 11 of our journey through festive mixology, we're introducing you to a heartwarming and indulgent creation: the Bourbon Peppermint Hot Chocolate. This enchanting cocktail combines the richness of milk chocolate with the warmth of bourbon and a refreshing hint of peppermint. It's the perfect way to cozy up and savor the holiday spirit by the fireside.
Imagine a velvety base crafted from whole milk and luxurious heavy cream, offering the ultimate creaminess to cradle your senses. But this isn't just any hot chocolate; it's elevated with the sweet embrace of milk chocolate instead of the usual dark chocolate. This choice infuses the drink with a milder and sweeter cocoa flavor, making it an ideal selection for those who appreciate a gentler chocolate profile. When paired with the gentle warmth of bourbon, the result is nothing short of magical. It's like a warm hug in a mug, perfect for chasing away the winter chill. And let's not forget the finishing touch: a touch of pure peppermint extract. It adds a refreshing and festive twist that beautifully complements the sweet, creamy notes of the milk chocolate. To complete the experience, each cup is crowned with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes. It's a sight to behold and a treat to savor, perfect for holiday gatherings and quiet evenings alike.
Indulgence in Every Sip
The Bourbon Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a drink that promises indulgence in every sip. The fusion of milk chocolate and bourbon creates a comforting symphony of flavors, while the peppermint extract dances on your palate, delivering a refreshing surprise with each taste. Whether you're nestled in front of the fireplace, sharing stories with friends and family, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility during the holiday rush, this cocktail is your perfect companion.
Cheers to festive celebrations!
Brown Sugar Bourbon
For this exquisite creation, we've chosen a bourbon with a special touch: Black-owned Brown Sugar Bourbon. This unique bourbon infuses rich and smooth caramel and brown sugar flavors into every drop, elevating your cocktail experience to new heights. By using Brown Sugar Bourbon in our Bourbon Peppermint Hot Chocolate, we celebrate craftsmanship, heritage, and the joy of creating memorable moments. It's a testament to the diversity and innovation that thrives within the world of spirits.
Because Diversity is the taste of life®!
Bourbon Hot Chocolate Recipe
1 cup of whole milk
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 ounces of brown sugar bourbon
2 ounces of milk chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of sugar (adjust to taste)
1/4 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract
Whipped cream, for garnish
Crushed candy canes, for garnish
In a saucepan over low heat, combine the whole milk and heavy cream. Heat the mixture until it's hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally.
In a separate bowl, mix the chopped milk chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder until well combined.
Once the milk and cream are hot, slowly add the milk chocolate-cocoa mixture to the saucepan while continuously stirring. Keep stirring until the milk chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
Stir in the sugar, adjusting the sweetness to your liking. You can add more sugar if desired.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the bourbon and peppermint extract. Stir well to combine.
Pour the Bourbon Peppermint Hot Chocolate into mugs or heatproof glasses.
Top each serving with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the whipped cream for a festive and minty garnish.
Serve your Milk Chocolate Bourbon Peppermint Hot Chocolate while it's still warm and enjoy the creamy, chocolatey, and minty flavors with a bourbon twist.
Serve and enjoy your Bourbon Hot Chocolate!
This delightful concoction infuses the comforting richness of milk chocolate, the mellow embrace of bourbon, and the invigorating essence of peppermint, creating an ideal sip for a cozy holiday gathering.
Remember to enjoy responsibly!