With most of the US pretending it is Alaska, the weather is far too cold for just your average cocktail. We need something served hot, something delicious, and something with more than your average share of booze. The perfect drink for this occasion, without a question, is Irish Hot Chocolate.
Irish Hot Chocolate
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- pinch kosher salt
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- 4 ounces Bailey’s or other Irish cream liqueur
- 4 ounces Irish whiskey
- (optional) garnish with marshmallows
Unlike most of the cocktails we have covered in this blog, this drink is easiest to make in a large batch and also takes a bit of time, but is well worth the effort. Begin by boiling down the Guinness over high heat in a small saucepan until there is only 1/2 cup remaining. Once reduced, set aside. Mix the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, milk, and chocolates over medium heat in a large saucepan. Stir until the mixture is hot and the chocolate has been fully blended. Remove from heat and stir in the Irish cream, the reduced Guinness, and the Irish whiskey (in that order). Serve in a mug and garnish with a marshmallow.
Good chocolate, like good spirits, doesn’t come cheap. The type of chocolate used in this recipe will determine not only the flavor but also the overall cost. The good news is that this is some seriously rich hot chocolate, think of it as a cross between hot cocoa and drinking chocolate. In terms of the spirits used, bailey’s is good, but I honestly prefer Carolan’s Irish Cream. Not only is it a lot cheaper, but it is slightly sweeter, which helps take away any of the bitterness of the cocoa. Whatever choices you make in terms of chocolate and spirits, this drink is sure to put a smile on your face and warm you up just enough to make you want another mug.
Total cost per drink? ~$2.36