Weather update: It’s still cold. Oh, you knew that? Well, I say it’s time to embrace the arctic temperatures and enjoy a frozen cocktail at the end of January. Don’t let the haters tell you alcohol needs to keep you warm in winter.
Hot chocolate is a common winter beverage. Spiked hot chocolate is a common adult winter beverage. Frozen spiked hot chocolate is a fun, unexpected twist on this classic drink.
2-3 Scoops Chocolate Ice Cream
1/2 cup Half & Half
1/2 cup Hot Chocolate Mix
2 oz. Dark Creme de Cacao
3 oz. Cinnamon Schnapps
1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
Start by blending the ice cream with the half and half. Pulse for five to 10 seconds until smooth. Add the hot chocolate mix, creme de cacao, vodka and cinnamon schnapps. Continue blending until smooth. Pour into a martini glass or mason jar and garnish with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and cinnamon. Bonus: Use chocolate straws to impress your friends.
If cinnamon isn’t your thing, the cinnamon schnapps can be substituted for a peppermint version, as can the cinnamon garnish. Decorate that cocktail with candy canes for extra flare.
If the sugar in this drink is overpowering, or you find it’s too rich, you can add less ice cream and substitute milk and ice instead, for a slightly lighter, more liquidy beverage.
I have no complaints about this drink. As a lover of both chocolate and cinnamon, I find this drink to be deliciously decadent and creamy. It’s a change of pace from the usual fruity mixed drinks or hot cocktails. It’s also ridiculously easy to make, all you need is a blender. Plus, since most of the ingredients can be found on any supermarket shelf, it’s convenient and cheap.
Be sure to make a round of these to share with friends on the next snow day and embrace the chill.
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