Jalisco Hot Chocolate

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Cocktail History

The Jalisco Hot Chocolate is a modern cocktail that was created by the editors of PUNCH in New York City, New York and was first published in their book Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails. The recipe is essentially just a spiked version of the sweet and spicy Mexican hot chocolate that adds cinnamon and hot pepper to hot cocoa mix, but this boozy version also adds a hit of blanco tequila for agave flavor.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Milk: This is a liquid rich in calcium and protein that is produced by mammals. We used Prairie Farm Vitamin D Whole Milk. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try oat milk in place of the milk.

Tequila Blanco: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of tequila made with unaged agave. We used El Jimador Tequila Blanco because it has a light and palatable agave flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Agave Blanco Spirit in place of the tequila.

Vanilla Extract: This is a sweetener that adds vanilla flavor. We used Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract.

Hot Cocoa Mix: This is a sweetened chocolate product made with ground cocoa beans and sugar. We used Ghirardelli’s Hot Cocoa Mix because it’s rich and chocolatey.

Ground Cinnamon: This is a spice. We used Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon.

Cayenne Pepper: This is a ground type of moderately hot pepper. We used Simple Organic Cayenne Pepper.

Ancho Chile Powder: This is a ground type of medium hot pepper with a dark, smoky flavor. We used Simply Organic Ancho Chile Pepper.

Dried Pepper: This is the garnish. We used a dried arbol chile pepper.

Tasting Notes

The Jalisco Hot Chocolate starts with scents of sweet chocolate with a hint of chili, and it has a creamy, sweet chocolate flavor accented with agave and defined by a deep lingering chili and cinnamon spice that stays in the mouth long after the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This drink was an unexpected hit! We both really enjoyed the ways the peppery spiciness played with the rich cocoa flavors, even if it did end up being a bit too spicy for Kendall’s palate.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“It’s unexpected until you try it, but chocolate and chili spice do go surprisingly well together. Having had a chili-spiced chocolate bar in the past, I knew going in that this would be a very tasty drink, and I was pleased to be right. The tequila adds spirituousness and a bit of agave flavor, but the spicy hot chocolate mix would stand well enough all on its own as a non-alcoholic drink as well.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“I would have never thought to pair spicy peppers with hot cocoa, but here they are working super well together in this drink. It mostly still tastes like chocolate, but there is a noticeable spiciness in the aftertaste that gives the cocktail a unique Mexico-inspired twist. I don’t know that I would make it again for myself because I prefer a more classic blend of hot cocoa flavors, but I liked this version a lot. I would say it’s worth a try if you’re intrigued by it like we were.”

Recipe

AuthorWinter Drinks

Yields1 ServingPrep Time10 mins

Ingredients
 6 oz Milk
 2 oz Tequila Blanco
  tsp Vanilla Extract
 1 packet Hot Cocoa Mix
  tsp Ground Cinnamon
 2 pinches Cayenne Pepper
 2 pinches Ancho Chile Powder
 1 Dried Pepper

Method
1

Whisk hot cocoa mix into milk in a saucepan over medium heat.

2

Add tequila, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and ancho chile powder to pan.

3

Heat while stirring until warmed through.

4

Pour hot cocoa into a mug.

5

Garnish with dried pepper.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 6 oz Milk
 2 oz Tequila Blanco
  tsp Vanilla Extract
 1 packet Hot Cocoa Mix
  tsp Ground Cinnamon
 2 pinches Cayenne Pepper
 2 pinches Ancho Chile Powder
 1 Dried Pepper

Directions

Method
1

Whisk hot cocoa mix into milk in a saucepan over medium heat.

2

Add tequila, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and ancho chile powder to pan.

3

Heat while stirring until warmed through.

4

Pour hot cocoa into a mug.

5

Garnish with dried pepper.

Jalisco Hot Chocolate

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Agave Blanco Spirit in place of the tequila to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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