Boozy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Boozy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate There is nothing that provides more solace from the cold chill of winter than a comforting mug of warm hot chocolate. The past few winter months have undoubtedly increased my chocolate appetite and I found myself nostalgically yearning to relive the moment I discovered what a hot chocolate really was (not talking about store bought powdered cocoa here!).

My memory begins overseas in an Italian chocolatier (…ironically in Singapore) and up until this moment I truly did not understand or appreciate the fine artistry that quality chocolate encompasses. Instead of picking from the menu, the chocolatier allowed us to choose our specific blend and percentage of cacao and also the aromatics that the chocolate would be infused with. As a lover of very dark chocolate, I chose the highest percentage of cacao to be combined with cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of coffee.

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I was in heaven before the hot chocolates were even brought to the table. The richly sweet cocoa aroma that filled the air was unforgettable. The first sip of my personalised hot chocolate was utterly magical. It was the most decadent, rich and chocolaty flavoured hot chocolate ever.

The velvet dark liquid was warm to the touch and the consistency was very thick, almost custard like… similar to cioccolata calda (a thick Italian hot chocolate somewhere between a dessert and a drink). What made this hot chocolate special was that it was made on all melted chocolate and then further infused by spices, coffee, milk and cream.

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This boozy gingerbread hot chocolate recipe transports me back to that chocolatier in Singapore. It is thick and rich, slightly spiced by cinnamon with an added dash of gingerbread Kahlua. Drinking it removes all daily stresses and makes me feel like I’m rugged up fireside overlooking the slopes of Aspen.

For the hot chocolate, I melted down some Lindt 99% Dark Chocolate (seriously the darkest chocolate ever) over a double boiler, whisked in spiced infused milk and added a dash of Kahlua. I then topped the decadent concoction with a chai infused whipped cream. This hot chocolate is every bit indulgent as my overseas memory. The added Kahlua adds a sinful layer of warmth and decadence when combined with the spices and dark melted chocolate. The result is the most delicious, luxurious and comforting beverage to ever exist… perfect for serious chocolate aficionados.

Winter might be halfway over, but it’s never too late to indulge with a mug of hot chocolate. So next time yourself craving chocolate, ditch the artificial and cheap packaged cocoa and create this decadent drink instead. You will never look back again.

Boozy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Serves 2
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For the Melted Hot Chocolate
  1. 100g Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate
  2. 50g Lindt 99% Dark Chocolate
  3. 1-3 teaspoons of agave nectar or honey, to personal taste
  4. 2/3 cup Whole Milk, at room temperature
  5. 3 shots of Gingerbread Kahlua
  6. 1 cinnamon stick
  7. 1 vanilla bean pod, split
For the Chai Whipped Cream
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  4. 1 tablespoon chai powder
  5. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. Chocolate flakes to serve
  1. Begin by preparing the chai whipped cream. Beat the cream and sugar with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until the cream begins to form peaks. Add the spices and cocoa powder and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form or until incorporated. Cover and set aside.
  2. To make the hot chocolate, over a double boiler melt the chocolate pieces, stirring occasionally. Once fully melted set aside.
  3. To make the spice infused milk. In a small saucepan over a low heat, heat the milk with the cinnamon, vanilla bean, sweetener and Kahlua. Bring to a simmer. Then remove from heat.
  4. With a whisk, stir the melted hot chocolate into the warm milk mixture. Continue stirring until a combined fluid mixture forms.
  5. Serve the hot chocolate into glasses and top with the whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate flakes to garnish.
  6. Serve warm.
  1. As a serious dark chocolate lover, I used two varieties of Lindt dark chocolate (70% and 99%). The recipe works just as well with milk chocolate and even white chocolate!
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Boozy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate


  1. Oh my this drink sounds amazing! Must try when the weather gets cooler for us here in California. This drink is sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit. Yum!

  2. Thalia, this sounds like such an amazing and delicious treat! It will definitely be hard to resist!
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  3. I’m always looking for interesting varieties of booze, like the gingerbread Kahlua – definitely going to try and find that. It could double for dessert! Looks awesome.

  4. Oh wow, what an amazingly indulgent treat! Definitely sharing and pinning ;)
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  5. Incredible! I am loving the chai whipped cream – what a special touch!
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  6. Thalia, this looks like a dessert to knock one’s socks off! I use a lot of Kahlua, but I’ve never heard of the Gingerbread version; must check that out.
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  7. This looks so good – it makes me wish it were colder here, just so I could make it!
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  8. There’s no better combination than chocolate and booze… Yours looks and sounds amazing! Love your photography, also!

  9. The weather here is just right for this cuppa chocolate. Lovely flavors and beautiful presentation.
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  10. Oh you had me at boozy and then it got even better!! This sounds divine and I can’t way to try it out! xx
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  11. It is going to be -4 degrees here in Canberra tonight and this would certainly help me cope better with the temperature. Fabulous photos and I know what you mean about ‘real’ chocolates.

  12. Thalia this looks so delicious and tempting! Love those gorgeous looking photos! I love the combination of spices and chocolate, great idea!
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  13. Oh my word! You had me at gingerbread and chocolate and then you went and tossed chai whipped cream on there, too?! You can keep the Kahlua… I just want to put my entire face into a bathtub full of this deliciousness! :)
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  14. What a tempting drink and gorgeous pictures! I don’t have Gingerbread Kahlua but have a bottle of Cinnamon Spice Kahlua sitting on my counter, which I purchased to make mashed Kahlua sweet potato. I will give it a try!

  15. This looks amazing! Hot chocolate and booze sounds like the perfect cozy drink to warm up with during the cold winter months :)
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  16. Um, yes please! This looks divine!
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  17. There are currently 5 70% Lindts in my pantry.
    Finally, they have a purpose!
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  18. Hello my name is Kathy and I am a chocolaholic and this is calling my name. I don’t care that its summer and hot out, I need this in my life. :)
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  19. Wow this looks and sounds amazing! Perfect for a cold winter evening :)

  20. Oh these look amazing! Love your photos Thalia, beautiful.
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  21. This looks absolutely luscious – definitely going on my list of recipes for when winter rolls back around to us again! Thanks for a great recipe ;)
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  22. Hot chocolate and booze!! I love the sound of that.. I wish I could reach into the screen and grab one of the glasses. They look fantastic. I have to try them soon! :)
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  23. Hey, Thalia! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award if you’re interested in participating. Hope you are!
    By the way, this hot chocolate looks amazing – especially the boozy part ;)
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  24. Loving the way you made this girl!! Sounds dreamy!
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  25. I love how thick and rich this hot chocolate looks! It’s not winter here, but I’m looking forward to winter thanks to this recipe. :)
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  26. Even though it is late July here and it should be super hot in the Southern US, it actually feels really nice! There is a hint that fall is coming! This looks just perfect to keep in mind for the coming cooler months! Everything is better a little boozy! ;)
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  27. Wow!! This sounds rich and amazing!!! I love that you added kahlua, I would so devour this.

  28. You make me wish it was winter over here! This looks lovely. You had me at boozy ;)
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  29. I’m in to anything with “boozy” and “chocolate” in the title. Looks really gorgeous! And tasty!
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  30. Oh wow, looks absolutely delicious! I could drink a couple of those! :)

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  31. Ahhh the way you describe this hot chocolate seriously makes me want to go to some awesome country, drink it in a cabin, and explore. Haha, not sure why but I guess you’re just too good with your words! :D

  32. This sounds utterly divine Thalia! Perfect for a chilly California evening :)
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  33. I’m seriously lost for words, this hot chocolate looks incredible!
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  34. Wow!! This looks so chocolatey and delicious! YUM! I love hot cocoa and usually mix a splash in my cup of joe! :) #mochalove !!
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  35. This looks amazing…I so wish I could reach into my screen and steal a sip (or two!). Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting.

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  36. Wow – your photos are AH-MAZING!!!
    I have an insatiable chocolate appetite and could dive into a pool of this super dark hot chocolate!

  37. Ok that chocolatier sounds phenomenal…if I could buy a plane ticket to Signapore I would ASAP! This hot chocolate is completely divine and I am pinning it for winter time here in Wisconsin, USA :)
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  38. My goodness, when you said “real hot chocolate, not from a mix” I thought, okay, cocoa, sugar, milk–awesome, I agree! But, wow. This sounds like an out-of-this-world experience, truly. I want to go to Singapore, and that particular chocolatier, NOW!
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  39. Well, it is the dead of summer here in California, but I have to say, this still sounds delicious! I’m going to put it in my list of things to drink when the holiday season rolls around. :)
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  40. The chai whipped cream sounds divine…I need to try this once it gets cold here in Canada!
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  41. With summer in full swing this post is making me excited for seasons to come to enjoy this amazing drink!

  42. I’ll definitely have to save this recipe for when the colder months arrive here, too :). I am feeling cozy just looking at these pics :)
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  43. Oh I love hot chocolate and I’m all over this one! Boozy yes! It’s super hot here, but I’m bookmarking this for Fall which will be here soon!
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  44. Sigh.. this is completely dreamy! It immediately made me think of Christmas.
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  45. Hi Thalia, I enjoy recreating recipes for restaurants, sounds like you did a great job here, love this elevated hot chocolate.
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  46. Even though the temps are rising (we’re in full summer right now), I always have room for chocolate, gingerbread and boozy at that! ;) Love that chai whipped cream, must have!
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  47. This look like an amazing way to warm in the winter months! Especially if you are curled up in front of a fireplace!
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  48. This recipe is making me crave colder weather and fall leaves. My goodness the pictures are gorgeous. This is like hot chocolate on the next level- hot chocolate on steroids if you will. This is genius xx

  49. This is GORGEOUS, Thalia! I love cocktails and chocolate and coffee liqueur and really just everything about this. Can’t wait to try it!
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  50. This hot chocolate looks amazing! Even though it’s 80 degrees here, I could definitely go for a glass of this. And flavored with gingerbread sounds incredible!
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  51. Oh my! This looks soooo good. I think I will have to try an iced version now since it’s hot summer here and tuck this away for the cold winter.

  52. I have pinned this to my Christmas board as I think it would be perfect for then. It looks incredible!

  53. Wow! This looks crazy delicious. And I love the part about the Italian chocolatier. I’ve got some Kahlua gingerbread stashed in my cabinet…looks like I need to get it out again (as soon as the weather turns a little cooler here in New York!)
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  54. You have just elevated hot chocolate to a whole new level of awesome! Is it weird that I’m almost wishing it were winter in this part of the world so I could have this?!
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  55. Ahhh, Thalia, this is my kind of post … there’s chocolate in it, and plenty of it! I didn’t even know that Lindt had a 99% chocolate variety of chocolate. I’d love to try that! The place you went to in Singapore sounds like an absolute dream and I love that you’ve been able to recreate it at home! Very tempted to give this one a go!
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  56. When it comes to chocolate, like you I opt for the darkest types. But 99% is probably too dark for me! I tried it once. It’s a bit like having cocoa nibs. I can see why you used two different types of chocolate here. This really reminds me of cioccolata calda, so dense and decadent. Brava! :)
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  57. Oh god! this looks so scrumptious and decadent!! It’s a shame it’s so damn hot here or I would have made some right now. Gorgeous photography too!
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  58. This sounds incredibly delicious!
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  59. I’ve never seen Gingerbread Kahlua before– I am sure I can’t get it in SE Asia. But I can see using blackstrap molasses and regular Kahlua and getting a similar effect. This looks amazing. It’s never cold here, but I might turn the AC on so I can have one.
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    • it’s a limited edition bottle picked up from duty free, i’m sure KL would have something similar… its tastes just as good as an iced version Michelle!

  60. Oh, it is so chilly here and this will really hit the spot.
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  61. It’s hot here in LA but I’m in – boozy hot chocolate with coffee, yes please! Lovely – thanks, Thalia.
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  62. Dear Thalia, it looks really delicious and very ‘inviting’ to have this special ginger-chocolate drink. My husband loves dark chocolate and ginger, therefore he’ll appreciate your creation very much. I’m waiting impatiently for your next beautiful recipes. Well done – congratulations!

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