Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate
Orange liqueur and pisco come together in this variation, which comes off with the scent of a jaffa cake and the flavor of a foil-wrapped chocolate orange—but better. Rubbing an orange twist on the rim of the mug adds some fresh orange aroma.
Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
This is the simplest combination we've got, but it's a winner. Peppermint and tequila come together for an icy-hot punch.
Salted Butterscotch Hot Chocolate
You could start with a commercial butterscotch or caramel base, but it's so much more fun (and tastier) to make your own out of real sugar, Scotch, and cream. Remember to reserve a little bit to drizzle over the whipped cream on top. If you've got some nice flaky sea salt, now would be the time to pull it out.
Guinness, Baileys, and Jameson Irish Whiskey Hot Chocolate
You probably know these flavors better by their explosively politically incorrect moniker, but changing the name doesn't make it any less delicious. Unless you enjoy curdled cement mixer-style Baileys, do not—I repeat do not—mix your Baileys with your whiskey until you've diluted it into the hot chocolate. The key to great Guinness flavor? Reduce it on the stovetop into a concentrated syrup first. The result: a spiked hot chocolate that's rich, roasty, boozy, and creamy.
Bacon, Bourbon, and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
Forget wussy crumbled bacon on top. For this one, we emulsify bacon fat right into the drink. Drinkable liquid bacon? Yep. Bourbon is a natural pair for cured pork, and Frangelico adds a nutty sweetness. Even if you're totally over the bacon thing, the deliciousness of this spiked hot chocolate may surprise you.
Aztec Chile and Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Classic flavors that started it all. Made with bittersweet chocolate, this guy is rich, thick, and complex with a bit of heat and fruity flavor from dried ancho chiles, some cinnamon spice, and plenty of savory smokiness from a generous shot of mezcal.