Holiday Spiced Hot Chocolate

Holiday Spiced Hot Chocolate

The Hot Beverage Full of Comforting Flavors

This holiday spiced hot chocolate recipe combines cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and a touch of cayenne pepper to add a lot of flavor to this comforting, all-time favorite beverage. With an added kick from dark rum, it’s a perfect drink for relaxing next to a cozy fire when the weather is cold. Perfect for the holidays, you can enjoy it any time of year.

Holiday Spiced Hot Chocolate

By Le Creuset


  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
  • Scant pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped or morsels
  • 4 oz. milk chocolate, chopped or morsels
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 oz. dark rum


  • Stainless steel saucepan
  • Measuring cups
  • Whisk
  • Coffee or tea mugs
  • Ladle strainer (optional)


Bring milk, brown sugar and spices to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then turn off heat and steep for 15 minutes. Bring back to a simmer, add chocolate and sugar, then whisk until smooth. Stir in rum off the heat if using. Divide hot chocolate among four mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick.