Recipes to Celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day 2017

Milagro Hot Chocolate

National Hot Chocolate Day is celebrated on Tuesday, January 31st. He’s a look at four recipes for your enjoyment — all of which we put to the test ourselves!

Milagro Hot Chocolate
Created by National Brand Ambassador Jaime Salas
1.5 Parts Milagro Anejo
Abuelita chocolate tablets or your favorite hot chocolate powder
3 parts heavy cream
1 pinch grated chili chocolate bar

Build in a clear mug or other drink vessel suitable for hot beverages. Top with whipped cream and chili chocolate shavings. If you don’t want o use the hot chocolate powder, then melt the chili chocolate bar instead…just save one square to shave for the garnish.

Red Wine Hot ChocolateRed Wine Hot Chocolate
2/3 cup semisweet dark chocolate chips
2/3 cup red blend wine
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 pinch of salt
½ tsp. vanilla extract

Combine the chocolate chips, wine, milk, heavy cream, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until chocolate chips are melted. Don’t rush it or it can burn. Remove from heat, then stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour into mugs and serve. This makes four mugs.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate has been an internet craze all winter, with numerous recipes online. We picked through the best of the ingredients to create a silky treat.

Coconut Cardamom Bourbon Hot Chocolate
Courtesy Autumn Giles
2 cups coconut milk (the kind from the carton, not the can)
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chocolate chips
4 Tbsp. bourbon

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk and cardamom over medium heat, stirring frequently.
When it starts to bubble, remove from heat, stir in the chocolate chips, and let sit for about 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes, add the bourbon and use a immersion blender to blend the mixture until frothy, about 30 seconds. Pour into two small mugs and top with coconut whipped cream (see below) and garnish with additional cardamom.

To Make Coconut Whipped Cream
1—14 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk (it’s recommended not to use the lite kind). You may be able to find canned coconut cream in the international section of some grocery stores.
2 Tbsp. white sugar, or to taste
1 tsp. real vanilla extract

Refrigerate can of coconut milk for 8 hours or overnight. Place metal mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator or freezer 1 hour before making whipped cream. Open can of coconut milk, taking care not to shake it. Scoop coconut cream solids into cold mixing bowl. Reserve remaining liquid for another use. Beat coconut cream using electric mixer with chilled beaters on medium speed; turn to high speed. Beat until stiff peaks form, 7 to 8 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla extract to coconut cream; beat 1 minute more. Taste and add more sugar if desired.

Orange Hot ChocolateOrange Hot Chocolate for Four
From SeriousEats.com
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 pinch kosher salt
3 cups whole milk
4 oz. milk chocolate chips
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips
3 oz. Grand Marnier or Cointreau
4 oz. pisco or rum
four 2-inch segments orange peel
whipped cream
candied orange peel

In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture. Add Grand Marnier and pisco or rum. Divide into four serving cups. Rub rim of each cup with orange zest and then drop them into the mug. They will release the orange oils with each sip. Top with whipped cream and candied orange peel, and serve.

6 Recipes for National Irish Coffee Day 2017

Tillamore Dew Irish Coffee

Why doesn’t National Irish Coffee Day (January 25) coincide with Saint Patrick’s Day? That’s because Irish coffee originated in San Francisco, not Ireland.

Want to try your hand at this classic cocktail? You can go with the traditional recipe or try out some yummy variations we’ve dug up for you, such as the Chocolate Irish Coffee which tastes like a mocha dream. Of course we tried them all out first! Consider all of these Drinkhacker approved!

Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Coffee
1 ½ parts Tullamore D.E.W. original Irish whiskey
1 ½ parts strong brewed coffee
½ parts white sugar
lightly whipped heavy cream
ground cinnamon or nutmeg

Pre-heat a clear-stemmed glass with very hot water. Add the sugar and brewed coffee and stir well. Once the sugar has melted, stir in the Irish whiskey. Gently whip the heavy cream by shaking it in a protein shaker with a blender ball—you want a still somewhat loose, not stiff, consistency. Pour the cream over the back of a hot teaspoon to top the drink (and prevent the cream from penetrating the top of the drink). Finally, garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon for a spicy finish.

Traditional Irish Coffee
1 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp Irish Cream liqueur
1/2 cup Irish whiskey
4 tbsp brown sugar
4 cups strong hot coffee

With an electric mixer, whip cream and Irish cream together until stiff. Set aside.

Into each of four large coffee mugs, add 2 tablespoons whiskey, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 1 cup coffee. Top with a very generous layer of the Irish cream whipped cream. (Almost a third of the cup should be taken up by the whipped cream.)

To Make Irish Cream Whipped Cream
In a mixer bowl, add heavy cream, a splash of Irish cream, Whip until light and fluffy. In a mug, add strong coffee, 2-3 tablespoons whiskey, and a tablespoon of brown sugar.

Mint Irish Coffee
(from the Dutch Kills bar)
2 tbsp Demerara or turbinado sugar
3 oz. Irish whiskey
4 oz. freshly made espresso
4 oz. water
3 oz. heavy cream
2 fresh mint leaves for garnish

Place 4 teaspoons of the sugar, the whiskey, espresso, and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Set over low heat and stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes.

Place the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and the cream in a medium bowl and whisk until the cream thickens and the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Transfer the hot coffee mixture to two 8-ounce heatproof glasses or mugs, top with a heaping spoonful of the whipped cream, and garnish with the mint leaves. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Irish Coffee
2 oz. heavy creamChocolate Irish Coffee
1 1/2 oz. chocolate syrup, divided
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
6 oz. hot coffee

In a medium bowl, whisk cream vigorously until it begins to thicken. Cream should be thick, but still pourable. Whisk in 1/2 ounce chocolate syrup until completely combined. Set aside. In an Irish coffee glass, combine remaining chocolate syrup, sugar, whiskey, and hot coffee. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with a 3/4″ collar of chocolate whipped cream.

Maple Irish Coffee
2 oz. heavy cream
1 oz. maple syrup, divided
1 1/2 oz. Irish whisky
6 oz. hot coffee

In a medium bowl, whisk cream vigorously until it begins to thicken. Cream should be thick, but still pourable. Whisk in 1/4 ounce of the maple syrup. Set aside.

In a coffee glass, combine remaining maple syrup, whiskey and hot coffee. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with a ¾ inch collar of thickened whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Irish Coffee with Grand Marnier
4 oz. coffee
2 oz. Irish whiskey
1 oz. Grand Marnier
1 Demerara sugar cube

Mix all ingredients. Top with unsweetened whipped cream.
Note: Substitute hazelnut liqueur or amaretto for another variation.

Recipe: Two Tequila Cocktails for National Hot Toddy Day


The typical Hot Toddy is made with whiskey. In honor of National Hot Toddy Day, here’s a spin on the formula. The following two recipes have a nice tequila twist to them and are brought to us from 1800 Tequila.

The first is Miner’s Cough, which will delight coffee lovers around the world. The tequila enhances the bitters just enough to bring out an underlying chocolate note. Boldly sweet, the dark roast coffee intensifies towards the end of the sip. The lager whipped cream is not as sweet, which makes it an airy compliment to the entire cocktail.

Miner’s Cough
2 oz. 1800 Añejo Tequila
1 oz. dark roast coffee
3 dashes chocolate bitters
1/2 oz. agave nectar
top with lager whipped cream

Combine all ingredients into shaker. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a rocks glass. Top with Lager Whipped Cream and garnish with shaved chocolate.

To make the lager whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp lager beer (We used Sam Adams Boston Lager)

Add the cream and powdered sugar to a stand mixer. Beat on high until soft peaks form. While mixer is running, add the lager and vanilla, beat until soft peaks return. (A stout beer may also be substituted if preferred.)

For a more traditional Hot Toddy, except for the alcohol base, try a Jalisco’s Toddy. It is lightly sweetened by the honey which is punctuated by the ginger and lemon. The chamomile and cinnamon mix with the cider and tequila for a belly-warming drink. Be warned though—drink this while it’s hot. Once tepid, it’s taste resembles a cough drop. Then again, if you have a cold, that might be just what you need.

Jalisco’s Toddy
2 oz. 1800 Añejo Tequila
2 oz. chamomile tea
3/4 oz. apple cider
1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water, simmered for five minutes)
1/2 oz. lemon juice
2 slices ginger root (ground ginger can also be used but it will not be as prevalent in the overall drink taste)
pinch of ground cinnamon

In a pot, combine the apple cider, ginger root, lemon juice, and cinnamon.  Allow to heat up to a rolling boil. Next brew the tea. Add more than one tea bag, so flavor is heightened. In a glass, add the tequila and honey syrup. Stir and combine heated tea, cider, and tequila mixture. Garnish with lemon peel and a cinnamon stick.