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Easy Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

With vanilla and caramel vodka, this quick and easy Spiked Hot Chocolate is decadent and delicious.

Using a pre-made hot chocolate mix means you’ll be sipping this warm drink while tucked under a cozy blanket in no time.

Two white mugs of hot chocolate with a candy cane on the side.
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This recipe reminds me of traveling throughout Europe, especially during winter, when they have all the outdoor markets to explore.

One of my favorite things to do is stop at a cafe and order European-style hot chocolate.

If you’ve never had it before, it’s by far the absolute best hot chocolate. So next time you travel internationally make sure that is on your bucket list.

What should I spike my hot chocolate with?

Adding liquor to a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows or peppermint hot chocolate is a great way to take a delicious childhood treat and easily turn it into a cocktail.

You can spike your cocoa with just about anything. From Bailey’s to whiskey and vodka too, there’s really no wrong answer.

This Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe uses flavored vodka to create an even more decadent beverage that borders on dessert.

Small bowl of hot chocolate mix on a counter with a jar of water behind it.

How to make Caramel & Vanilla Spiked Hot Chocolate

Scroll down for a printable recipe card that includes the full measurements and simple step by step instructions.


From basic to gourmet, you can use any kind of hot chocolate mix you like.

While this recipe suggests mixing the packet with 6 ounces of water, just follow the instructions on the back of whatever packet you chose.

With both vanilla and caramel vodka, the flavor is insanely good. If you don’t have both of these flavors or don’t want to buy two new bottles, simply leave one out.

While the flavor will change if you forgo both the vanilla and caramel, you can still create yummy spiked cocoa with plain vodka too.

Add a dollop of whipped cream, caramel drizzle, a peppermint stick, some sea salt, whatever you’d like.

Your garnish can be part of the flavor or just to make it look pretty.

Close up of hot chocolate in a glass jar with a spoon in it.


To a microwaveable cup, jar or measuring cup add water or milk (depending on the hot chocolate mix you’ve chosen).

Microwave based on the instructions from the packet.

When heated, add the hot chocolate mix.

Stir well making sure the mix dissolves and there are no lumps.

Close up of white mug with hot chocolate, caramel and whipped topping

Until we can get back to traveling in a safe and healthy way, my kids and I have been doing some creative vacations at home.

We put together a fun hot chocolate bar and they made a delicious frozen hot chocolate while I sipped on some spiked hot chocolate.

Yield: 1 SERVING

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Close up of white mug with hot chocolate, caramel and whipped topping

This quick and easy Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe is decadent, delicious and a great way to relax on chilly winter nights.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 6 oz Hot water
  • 1 Packet Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz Caramel Vodka
  • Whipped Topping
  • *Optional - Caramel sauce for garnish


    1. Heat the water to the perfect beverage temperature
    2. Stir in Hot Chocolate Mix and mix stir until dissolved.
    3. Add Vanilla Vodka & Caramel Vodka.
    4. Top with whipped topping.
    5. Enjoy!


Top with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, a peppermint stick, pinch of sea salt or a cherry for garnish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 46gProtein: 2g

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