Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate

Nothing screams warm and cozy like a delicious loaded, hot chocolate. This homemade Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate is what this cool December needs. Combine just a few ingredients together in a pot, bring to a simmer, and add a splash of vodka and Bailey’s for the perfect hot chocolate this wintery season.

The Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate in a mug with whipped cream next to a bottle of Baileys.

Sometimes you just need a drink that brings warmth and comfort while also allows you to let loose and distress. THIS is that drink. I have always been a girl that will occasionally sip Bailey’s on the rocks, but when its super cold outside, I need something that’ll warm my hands and body. This hot chocolate is deliciously rich and creamy and the Irish cream just takes it to the next level. Top with marsh mellows, whipped cream hot caramel or chocolate sauce.

Which alcohols mix well with chocolate?

There are a ton of option at our disposal to use with chocolate. With the warm, creamy substance that this drink is made up with, I found vodka and Baileys tastes delicious. You could always use Kahula in the Baileys place and substitute in whiskey or rum instead of vodka. There are many suitable options that pair well with a chocolate-flavored beverage.

Can I substitute any of the ingredients?

Sometimes having all the ingredients one needs on hand just doesn’t work out! In this recipe, I find whole milk makes a huge difference! I would only go up in fat, with half and half or heavy whipping cream, instead of down to 1% or skim milk. You want it rich and cream. If you don’t like dark chocolate, milk chocolate substitutes are delicious!

The ingredients for the Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate laid flat on a coffee table.

Ingredients for our Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate:

How to make our Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate:

In a medium-sauced pot over medium heat, add the sugar and chocolate chips. Stir to combine. Mix frequently as the chocolate chips start to melt. Next, pour in the cocoa powder and stir to combine.

Chocolate Chip in a sauce pan with sugar.
Melted chocolate chips in a saucepan with Herhsey cocoa powder before being mixed together.

Next, slowly add the milk 1 cup at a time, stirring and combining as you go. Slowly heat on medium heat, but do not bring to a boil. You don’t want to scorch or burn the drink.

The Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate in a sauce pan before being poured into a mug.

Once you are ready serve, add 8 ounces of the hot chocolate to a mug and place 1.5 ounces of Baileys and 1.5 ounces of vodka to the mug. Lightly stir.

Garnish the top with whipped cream and chocolate and caramel drizzle.

The Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate in a clear mug with caramel and chocolate drizzle.

I have tried this drink with a few other variations. You can substitute in Kahlua for a less sweet, heavier taste or use Rumchata for a slightly sweeter, thinner consistency. Both alternatives are delicious! It will really just comes down to your personal preference. Since I find Bailey’s is a happy medium between those two, that’s what I typically lean towards. Enjoy something to munch on while you sip?? Try my amazing Chocolate Chip Pizookie! Click HERE for the recipe! You won’t be sorry!

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Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate
Yield: 6 Drinks

Creamy Vodka Hot Chocolate

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups Whole milk
  • Alcohol:
  • 1.5 ounce of both vodka and baileys to be added once hot chocolate is in the mug


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the chocolate chips and sugar. Stir together and stir often, until melted.
  2. Add cocoa powder to the melted chocolate and stir completely.
  3. Slowly add milk, 1 cup at a time.
  4. When stirring, break up the chocolate as it will clump until all liquid is hot.
  5. Once all milk to combined, pour 8 ounces in a mug
  6. Add 1.5 ounces of both vodka and Baileys. (One shot of each)
  7. Top with whipped cream and chocolate and caramel drizzle.


For a creamier and slightly thicker beverage, use 2 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of heavy whipping cream instead.

DO NOT bring the milk to a boil! You will risk burning it and it will taste bad!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 7g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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