Better Than Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

The ultimate spiked hot chocolate, flavored with espresso, Amaretto, and Irish whiskey.

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Recipe Details

Better Than Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 4 ounces milk chocolate chips

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (or 1/2 cup brewed espresso)

  • 3 ounces amaretto

  • 4 ounces Irish whiskey

  • Marshmallows for garnish


  1. In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.

  2. Add vanilla, espresso, amaretto, and whiskey and stir to combine. Pour into glasses and serve with marshmallows.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
674 Calories
32g Fat
54g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 674
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 18g 91%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 292mg 22%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 712mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)