Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate

When it comes to Christmas special inspired cocktails, “Yo we got it!” Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate is a must for your viewing of The Polar Express. We take hot seriously in this recipe, but not so serious that your mouth can’t handle the heat. This fun drink gives you a warmth in temperature, as well as a little heat on the palate. The double dose will warm your soul whilst singing along with one of Tom Hanks seven character voices, the conductor.

Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate Recipe, Inspired by The Polar Express


3 cups whole milk  or heavy cream (for a richer drink)
4 fingers or wedges of Mexican chocolate, available online or in the Mexican section of your supermarket*
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp ancho chili powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup tequila blanco
4 cinnamon sticks or 4 whole dried ancho chilis for garnish


  1. Combine the milk, chocolate, brown sugar, cayenne, chili powder, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking until the chocolate dissolves. It may take five minutes or longer. 
  2. Watch to make sure the milk doesn’t boil over. Pour two ounces of tequila into each of four mugs and add the hot chocolate when it’s heated through. 
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a whole dried chili.

Also great to sip while watching one of many versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Read our story on Dickens with this Spiked Hot Chocolate recipe here.

Recipe by Lindel Hart adapted from / Styling by Anna Franklin / Photography by Laura Petrilla / Story by Star Laliberte

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