When Chef Miguel Santiago of Hilton West Palm Beach spotted a guest sipping hot chocolate alongside a shot of tequila beside the hotel’s outdoor fire pit, he was instantly intrigued by the combo. After having a conversation about her libations, he created this boozed-up version of the chocolatey beverage. “I added Bailey’s for balance, and the Grand Marnier meringue gives the drink a citrus twist with a Florida vibe,” he says. Smoky, sweet and citrusy, it’s the perfect libation to warm your bones after a chilling, thrilling day on the slopes.
Mezcal Hot Chocolate
.5 oz mezcal
.5 oz Baileys
2 oz hot chocolate
.5 oz Grand Marnier-infused meringue
- Add the mezcal, Bailey’s and hot chocolate to a mug. Stir to combine.
- Top with the Grand Marnier-infused meringue. Using a kitchen torch, lightly toast the meringue. Serve.
Grand Marnier-Infused Meringue
4 egg whites
Pinch of Salt
1 Caster sugar
.5 tsp vanilla essence
1 oz Grand Marnier
- Beat all ingredients until the meringue stands in stiff peaks.