Boozy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Boozy Gingerbread Hot ChocolateThere 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


  • Reply Krystal January 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Oh my goodness Thalia you had me at boozy.. 🙂

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  • Reply Nicole Lindstrom | Simply Happenstance October 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    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!

  • Reply Monika @ MYFOODANDHAPPINESs October 5, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Thalia, this sounds like such an amazing and delicious treat! It will definitely be hard to resist!

  • Reply Dan September 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    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.

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment August 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Oh wow, what an amazingly indulgent treat! Definitely sharing and pinning 😉

  • Reply Jessica @ Sweet Menu August 6, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Incredible! I am loving the chai whipped cream – what a special touch!

  • Reply Jean | August 6, 2014 at 12:55 am

    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.

  • Reply Kelly @ Trial and Eater August 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    This looks so good – it makes me wish it were colder here, just so I could make it!

  • Reply Amy @ The Blond Cook August 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    There’s no better combination than chocolate and booze… Yours looks and sounds amazing! Love your photography, also!

  • Reply easyfoodsmith August 5, 2014 at 5:48 am

    The weather here is just right for this cuppa chocolate. Lovely flavors and beautiful presentation.

  • Reply Lucy @ BAKE PLAY SMILE August 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    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

  • Reply Caroline @ Shrinking Single August 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

    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.

  • Reply Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. August 4, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Thalia this looks so delicious and tempting! Love those gorgeous looking photos! I love the combination of spices and chocolate, great idea!

  • Reply Becca from It's Yummi! August 4, 2014 at 2:47 am

    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! 🙂

  • Reply Chikako August 4, 2014 at 2:18 am

    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!

  • Reply Kelly August 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    This looks amazing! Hot chocolate and booze sounds like the perfect cozy drink to warm up with during the cold winter months 🙂

  • Reply kristie @ August 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Um, yes please! This looks divine!

  • Reply coco in the kitchen August 1, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    There are currently 5 70% Lindts in my pantry.
    Finally, they have a purpose!

  • Reply Kathy @ olives & garlic July 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    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. 🙂

  • Reply Diana July 31, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Wow this looks and sounds amazing! Perfect for a cold winter evening 🙂

  • Reply Rosanna July 31, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Oh these look amazing! Love your photos Thalia, beautiful.

  • Reply Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook July 31, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    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 😉

  • Reply Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong July 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    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! 🙂

  • Reply Anna | One prickly pear July 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    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 😉

  • Reply ami@naivecookcooks July 31, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Loving the way you made this girl!! Sounds dreamy!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen July 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    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. 🙂

  • Reply Annie @Maebells July 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    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! 😉

  • Reply Jehancancook July 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Wow!! This sounds rich and amazing!!! I love that you added kahlua, I would so devour this.

  • Reply Maryanne @ the little epicurean July 31, 2014 at 5:52 am

    You make me wish it was winter over here! This looks lovely. You had me at boozy 😉

  • Reply Sarah @ Running On Brie July 31, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I’m in to anything with “boozy” and “chocolate” in the title. Looks really gorgeous! And tasty!

  • Reply michael July 31, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Oh wow, looks absolutely delicious! I could drink a couple of those! 🙂

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  • Reply ellie @ fit for the soul July 30, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    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! 😀

  • Reply Judit + Corina | Glamorous Bite July 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    This sounds utterly divine Thalia! Perfect for a chilly California evening 🙂

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou July 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I’m seriously lost for words, this hot chocolate looks incredible!

  • Reply Cailee July 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Wow!! This looks so chocolatey and delicious! YUM! I love hot cocoa and usually mix a splash in my cup of joe! 🙂 #mochalove !!

  • Reply Tammy July 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    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.


  • Reply Shashi @ runninsrilankan July 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

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

  • Reply Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} July 30, 2014 at 3:23 am

    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 🙂

  • Reply danguole July 30, 2014 at 3:10 am

    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!

  • Reply Eileen July 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    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. 🙂

  • Reply Meinhilde July 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    The chai whipped cream sounds divine…I need to try this once it gets cold here in Canada!

  • Reply PASSTHEKNIFE July 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    With summer in full swing this post is making me excited for seasons to come to enjoy this amazing drink!

  • Reply Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! July 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    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 🙂

  • Reply Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    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!

  • Reply Crystal | Apples & Sparkle July 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Sigh.. this is completely dreamy! It immediately made me think of Christmas.

  • Reply cheri July 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Thalia, I enjoy recreating recipes for restaurants, sounds like you did a great job here, love this elevated hot chocolate.

  • Reply cristina July 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    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!

  • Reply Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats July 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    This look like an amazing way to warm in the winter months! Especially if you are curled up in front of a fireplace!

  • Reply Katherine July 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    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

  • Reply Andi @ The Weary Chef July 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    This is GORGEOUS, Thalia! I love cocktails and chocolate and coffee liqueur and really just everything about this. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    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!

  • Reply judy July 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    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.

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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

  • Reply David @ Spiced July 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

    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!)

  • Reply Joanne July 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    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?!

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane July 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    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!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ July 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

    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! 🙂

  • Reply andree-anne @ singly scrumptious July 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

    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!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef July 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

    This sounds incredibly delicious!

  • Reply Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine July 29, 2014 at 7:03 am

    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.

    • Reply thalia July 29, 2014 at 7:32 am

      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!

  • Reply Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen nZ) July 29, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Oh, it is so chilly here and this will really hit the spot.

  • Reply Geraldine July 29, 2014 at 4:24 am

    It’s hot here in LA but I’m in – boozy hot chocolate with coffee, yes please! Lovely – thanks, Thalia.

  • Reply Lydia July 29, 2014 at 3:23 am

    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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