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Homemade Hot Chocolate with Amaretto

Hot chocolate with Amaretto comes together in less than 15-minutes with just five ingredients. Top it off with whipped cream and warm up with this decadent winter cocktail made from scratch.

Two glasses of spiked hot chocolate near rolled cookies, a pitcher, and a plant.

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I tend to stick with the same holiday cocktails like this cranberry orange mimosa with rosemary year after year but NOT anymore. This year, I decided to branch out a little bit and created a couple of new and very simple spiked beverages to enjoy. First off this homemade hot chocolate with Amaretto.


What you’ll love about this recipe?


  • It’s made from scratch! If you’ve never had homemade hot chocolate you’re in for a treat. Because it’s prepared with actual chocolate rather than cocoa powder, it’s so much richer and tastier than the premixed stuff you can buy at the store.
  • It’s simple! I realize that store-bought hot chocolate mixes are not only convenient but affordable but making hot chocolate from scratch is really not difficult at all. I mean, it’s so so easy and it doesn’t take long either – less than 15-minutes. And that includes the time to make homemade whipped cream should you choose to.
  • It’s perfect for winter holidays! If you’re looking for a speical cocktail to imbibe this holiday season, this hot chocolate and amaretto should be a strong contender. Served hot, it’s ideal for sipping on casually while enjoying the company of friends and family, by yourself, or cozied up in front of a fire with that special someone.
Two Christmas cocktails with a bottle of Disaronno, a jar of peppermint sticks, and a plant.

Ingredients (+ notes & substitutions)


Homemade hot chocolate with Amaretto ingredients (see recipe card).
  • Heavy whipping cream: Using heavy cream rather than just milk thickens the hot chocolate giving it a luxurious texture. I like to use a 50/50 blend of heavy whipping cream and milk but feel free to alter this ratio. Heavy whipping cream does have a lot more calories so to lighten it up a bit you may want to go easy on it. Going with straightmilk is certainly an option as well.
  • Whole milk
  • Chocolate: You have some options when it comes to the chocolate. Semi-sweet, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate are all perfectly acceptable. As far as the form of the chocolate, you may go with chocolate chips or even a chocolate bar. You’ll need about 8 ounces although you could use as much as 12 ounces. The chocolate should be chopped so that it will melt more efficiently. Additionally, I do recommend you choose a higher quality chocolate. I opted for Ghirardelli brand.
  • Vanilla extract: Adding a little bit of vanilla extract brings some balance.
  • Amaretto: Amaretto is a sweet and slighly bitter Italian liquer that tastes of almonds. It may be prepared with apricot kernals, peach stones, and/or almonds depending on the brand. The alcohol content of amaretto may be anywhere from 21-28%. Personally, I’m a big fan of Disaronno so that is my suggestion as far as brand goes.
  • Whipped cream: Topping off this drink with whipped cream is totally optional but if you do, I recommend making homemade whipped cream. It’s so much more delcious and really simple to prepare. All you need is 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon of vanilla extract as well as a mixing bowl and a hand mixer. Being by pouring the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extra into your mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer at medium speed to whip the heavy cream for 4-5 minutes until stiff peaks form. Check out this guide if you’re not sure what stiff peaks are.

How do you make homemade Amaretto hot chocolate? (+ tips)


  1. Heat the heavy whipping cream and milk in a saucepan over medium-low to medium heat until it just begins to steam. You can speed things along by setting the temperature closer to medium. However, should you do, so be advised to keep a close eye on it as it can easily scorch.
  2. Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Whisk constantly until the chocolate is fully melted and incorporated.
Hot chocolate in a saucepan.

3. Whisk in the amaretto and vanilla extract.

Finished Amaretto hot chocolate in a saucepan with a striped towel.

4. Top with whipped cream if desired and serve warm.

Storage


This cocktail may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to four days.


FAQ


What does amaretto hot chocolate taste like?

The hot chocolate itself is rich, decadent, and sweet. The amaretto introduces additional sweet notes as well as a slight bitterness and the nutty flavor of almonds.

Is amaretto gluten-free?

It is generally considered to be gluten-free as it is not prepared with any gluten-containing ingredients.

A glass of Amaretto hot chocolate next to a stack of chocolate covered marshmallows with a plant and a pitcher in the background.
Close-up of Amaretto cocktail.

Holiday treats to serve with this cocktail:


  • Hot Cocoa Lava Brownies: Warm right up with these decadent hot cocoa lava brownies consisting of chocolate lava sandwiched between two layers of fudgy brownies topped with toasted marshmallows.
  • Eggnog White Chocolate Covered Pretzels: Add these eggnog white chocolate-covered pretzels to your holiday treat platter!!! They are simple to prepare with just three ingredients in 30-minutes.
  • Orange-Glazed Gingerbread Cookies: No holiday cookie box is complete without these sweet and citrusy orange-glazed gingerbread cookies that are bursting with spice and everything nice.

If you make this homemade hot chocolate with Amaretto I’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment and/or a rating below as I greatly value your opinion. Or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @taoofspiceblog. Love, light, and happy cooking ya’ll ♥

Two glasses of spiked hot chocolate near rolled cookies, a pitcher, and a plant.

Amaretto Hot Chocolate

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Hot chocolate with Amaretto comes together in less than 15-minutes with just five ingredients. Top it off with whipped cream and warm up with this decadent winter cocktail made from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2. cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or 8-ounces chocolate bar, chopped
  • 4 ounces amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream (optional) - see notes for my recipe

Instructions

  1. Heat the heavy whipping cream and milk in a saucepan over medium-low to medium heat until it just begins to steam. You can speed things along by setting temperature closer to medium, however, should you do so be advised to keep a close eye on it as it can easily scorch.
  2. Remove from heat and pour in the chocolate. Whisk constantly until the chocolate is fully melted and incorporated.
  3. Whisk in the amaretto and vanilla extract.
  4. Top with whipped cream if desired and serve warm.

Storage: This cocktail may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to four days.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 890Total Fat: 65gSaturated Fat: 41gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 4gSugar: 57gProtein: 10g

    The nutritional information provided is computer generated. It is only an estimate and intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition details may vary depending on various factors such as origin, freshness of ingredients, etc

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