Kahlúa Peppermint Hot Chocolate

peppermint hot chocolate cocktail

You may have seen a few tweets or photos on instagram from me about my love for peppermint hot chocolate, so I thought it was high time to give you guys the scoop on what I’m sipping on this holiday (and winter!) season.  I add in winter because this is actually my favorite drink to warm up with after a long day on the mountain (which is typically in January or February).  A side note: friends and family already know this about me, but here on House of Earnest, I don’t know that I’ve ever shared how much I love to ski.  Someday I’ll tell you guys the story of when Matty and I moved in together and our adventure living in Vail, but today, let’s just say that I love to ski and after a day of skiing, this is my number one apres ski cocktail.

I usually have to direct the bartender in exactly how I want it made, so it’s nice to have all of the ingredients at home this Christmas to be able to whip up a batch for a snowy evening.

For this particular post, I decided to take the cocktail one step further and make some homemade peppermint chocolate marshmallows.

peppermint and chocolate marshmallows


Homemade marshmallows really kick this drink into treat territory and are as pretty as they are delicious.  I love how the soft pink color looks melting in a sea of chocolate.  I challenge anyone not to smile while drinking fluffy pink foam.


Keep reading for the full recipes!


pepp hot choc


For printable versions of these recipes, click here!

Even if you don’t drink this treat slope-side, I think it makes such a wonderfully indulgent treat for the holiday season!  There are a few different takes on this.  If you’re not a huge peppermint person, or if you’re using a hot chocolate that isn’t very rich, I would omit the schnapps.  The peppermint Kahlúa has a wonderfully subtle flavor and then combined with the marshmallows, you’ll have plenty of minty taste! I hope you’ll enjoy playing with the recipe and making it just as you like it!


Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Kahlúa.  Thank you guys so much for supporting the brands that help us bring you fresh content five days a week (and 10 times a week in December!)

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