It’s National Hot Chocolate Day, and and we’re celebrating with adults-only versions of this beloved winter bevvie. Whether it’s rum, Chartreuse, or flavored liqueur, boozy hot chocolate will keep you extra warm and toasty on chilly days.
The Rum & Cocoa at Osteria Morini, Washington D.C.
This Italian favorite serves up a top-notch Dutch hot chocolate. The drink is spiked with spice-infused dark rum and Fernet Leopold and is finished with a homemade smoked chili marshmallow. Make a reservation at Osteria Morini.
Hot Chocolate at Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec, Canada
After a freezing cold day on the lake, a warm hot chocolate is a must. Add a shot of whiskey to any of these four flavors of cocoa: white chocolate & ginger; dark chocolate, almond milk, and chai; white chocolate and pumpkin spice; or spicy dark chocolate. Make a reservation at Manoir Hovey.
Chartreuse Hot Chocolate at St. Cloud, New York, New York
Sip on a mug of Valrhona hot chocolate with green Chartreuse, Génépy, Centerba, and whipped cream while you gaze out over the lights of Times Square. Make a reservation at St. Cloud.
For Lovers Only at Boleo, Chicago, Illinois
Created by head bartender Jess Lambert, this South American-inspired hot chocolate combines Lustau Brandy de Jerez, Fernet Lola, and dark chocolate with a layer of ruby port-spiced whipped cream and grated chocolate. Make a reservation at Boleo.
Hottie Choco Toddy at Death or Glory, Delray Beach, Florida
Simple but effective. This chocolate cocktail has 1.25 oz of Afrohead rum and 3-4 oz of hot chocolate garnished with a cinnamon stick for stirring. Make a reservation at Death or Glory.
Puebla Hot Cocoa at Beacon Tavern, Chicago, Illinois
This chocolatey mixture definitely packs a punch. A homemade combination of bittersweet chocolates and spices is elevated with a shot of spicy Ancho Reyes, a chile liqueur. Make a reservation at Beacon Tavern.
Far North at Dirty Habit, Washington, D.C.
Kimpton bartender Sarah Ruiz mixed up something sweet for all the dairy-free drinkers out there. This hot chocolate is made with Alander Spiced Rum and coconut-milk based chocolate and topped with coconut milk foam. Make a reservation at Dirty Habit.
Flavored Hot Chocolate at Sugar Factory, Miami, Florida
This hot spot offers so many flavors of hot cocoa that choosing the type of alcohol to add will be the easy part. From peanut butter to banana or red velvet, they’re all topped off with a mountain of whipped cream. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Cafe Mocha at Cubra Libre, Washington D.C.
Rum is the operative word here. Take their signature Cuban coffee fused with Mexican chocolate, top it with whipped cream, and throw in a shot of rum from their menu of more than 90 selections for an extra $3. Make a reservation Cubra Libre.
Mexican Hot Chocolate at Pepita Cantina, Arlington, Virginia
The team from Mike Isabella’s Mexican restaurant combines Abuelita, milk, cayenne pepper, vanilla paste, coconut cream, and mezcal for a spicy after-dinner drink. Make a reservation at Pepita Cantina.
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Katie Lockhart is a Brooklyn-based food and travel writer. When she’s not writing, she’s eating her way around the world and posting it all on her Instagram @findyourhappyplate and blog findyourhappyplate.co.
Photo credits: Travis Vaughn Photography (Osteria Morini); Gage (Beacon Tavern).