From tea to coffee to broth, every hot beverage benefits from a little booze. Hot chocolate may be the most versatile player in the hot beverage pantheon. The options are endless—but we have a few favorites. Here, the best ways to cocktail up your cozy cup of cocoa.
Note: An ounce of spirit per mug of hot chocolate typically makes a pleasantly strong drink, but scale up or down to suit your tastes.
A dark, rich, molasses-y rum enhances the sweetness in cocoa. Choose a smooth budget option like Myers’s or go more upscale with Brugal 1888. Dark spiced rums like Kraken Black not only make a killer Dark ‘N’ Stormy, they add a hit of tropical spice to your cuppa.
Toasty, oaky bourbon gives hot chocolate a charred edge while playing nice with cocoa’s sweetness. Maker’s Mark and Four Roses are great options for an easy-drinking warmer. If you really want to feel a kick, try Wild Turkey 101. It’s potent but not lethal.