Decadent Mayan Hot Cacao - Boozy or plain holiday treat

Mayan Hot Cocoa by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography

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Spiced & boozy hot chocolate

I'm always looking for alternatives to boozy drinks during the holiday season. This seemed to me like the perfect in-between since it can be made plain for littles (or your guests who just aren't lush-y) but it can also be spiked with everything from creamy alcohols like Amarula to a little whiskey.

To each her own & her own traditions! Personally, I like sitting at the kid's table on this one.. but sometimes I up the cayenne for an extra little kick!

Mayan Hot Cocoa by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography

A hot chocolate that will please both little and not-so-little people at your party.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying it will replace dessert, because who wants to skip on that, but it just might considering how rich it is. This hot cuppa’ is sweet, slightly salty & just spiced enough that it brings a little something more to the mix then plain old hot cacao. You can choose to top it with whip or have kids add their own marshmallow mountain on top. The choice is yours.


2 large mugs

2 C whole milk
1 C 35% cream
2 T raw cacao
½ t true cinnamon
A pinch of cayenne
A pinch of salt
Marshmallows for topping

5 mins prep + 5 mins boil

  1. Add milk and cream into a pot over medium heat, stir constantly until it begins to simmer.
  2. Add cacao, cinnamon, cayenne & salt.
  3. Continue stirring until it reaches a boil then remove from heat right away.
  4. Serve hot & top with marshmallows, whip or enjoy it plain!