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French hot chocolate topped with toasted marshmallows in a white mug with a saucer.

Bourbon Spiked French Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Pate Giltner
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 4 small mugs or 2 large glasses 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: French


This boozy version of the classic thick and velvety french hot chocolate is the perfect way to stay warm and cozy this winter! 


Units Scale
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 8 oz high-quality dark or bittersweet chocolate chips or finely chopped bars
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 ounces bourbon (optional)
  • whipped cream or marshmallows for serving


  1. Start by mixing the half and half and chocolate in a pot on medium heat. Stir continuously until all the chocolate has melted. Try to keep the mixture at a simmer and do not let it boil. 
  2. Add in the cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Stir to combine. 
  3. Add in the bourbon right before serving and stir until it has been fully incorporated. 
  4. Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows or whipped cream. 


If the chocolate has a few lumps that won't melt, you can use a strainer to strain them out.

This is best served right away as it can cool quickly. 

Keywords: French hot chocolate