This hot chocolate is dark, decadent, and delicious, but it gets its name from three “D” ingredients: dark chocolate, dulce de leche, and Drambuie liqueur (scotch whiskey flavored with honey and spices). Using half-and-half instead of milk makes the hot chocolate extra creamy and rich. Adults will love this grown up, not-too-sweet take on hot chocolate, but it’s also great (and kid-friendly) without the Drambuie. Hot chocolate is a fun and unexpected dessert for a winter party. If you’re making this recipe for a crowd, it can be doubled and even prepped in advance. Prepare the hot chocolate mixture as instructed but omit the alcohol and store the mixture in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat the hot chocolate mixture gently, then add the alcohol once the mixture is heated through. (Do not boil the mixture, or the alcohol will burn off.) Make this hot chocolate truly over-the-top with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of dulce de leche, and a few crunchy chocolate rolled wafer cookies on the side. Everyone will love having dessert and a cocktail in one glass.
4 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup canned or jarred dulce de leche, extra for topping
8 ounces chopped dark chocolate, extra for topping
1/3 cup Drambuie
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup cold heavy cream
chocolate rolled wafer cookies (such as Pirouette)
How to Make It
Whisk together 4 cups half-and-half and 1/2 cup canned or jarred dulce de leche in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, and whisk in 8 ounces chopped dark chocolate, 1/3 cup of Drambuie, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt until the mixture is smooth.
Next, beat 1 cup of cold heavy cream in a cold bowl with an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute.
Pour hot chocolate mixture into 4 serving cups. Top each with whipped cream, a drizzle of dulce de leche, and chopped or shaved dark chocolate. Serve with chocolate rolled wafer cookies (such as Pirouette).