December means that all the coffee shops have their festive drinks and Christmas markets are in full swing, and at both of these places you find a wide variety of hot chocolate. My personal favourite is a Baileys Hot Chocolate, as the addition of this creamy liqueur makes it oh-so indulgent.
I usually grab one of these at a Christmas Market (Leeds Market always does amazing ones that aren’t crazy expensive) but this year I decided it would be fun to make one myself, and it’s super easy!
This recipe made this one cup full, but it is a little oversized so I’d estimate around two standard mug fulls can come from this recipe.
Pour 300ml Milk and 70ml Double Cream into a pan over a medium-high heat and stir in 50g Chopped Chocolate (I used 70% cocoa solids, but you can use whatever you fancy). Stir until smooth and all of the chocolate has melted. Add 50ml Baileys and give it another brief stir before pouring into mugs, then top with whatever you fancy. I went all out with this one and added squirty cream, mini marshmallows and a sprinkle of the chopped chocolate.
It’s actually stupidly easy to make (just keep an eye on it and don’t let the milk overboil). Of course you could just make your favourite hot chocolate and add a shot of baileys to it to give it the same effect, but I like this more indulgent version around the holidays. Don’t forget you can also make this alcohol free by just ommitting the Baileys and adding a little more double cream.
Treat yourself, or even Santa, this Christmas Eve!