Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate

Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate is a delicious combination that turns an ordinary hot chocolate into something extraordinary for adult gatherings when the weather is chilly.

I can never get enough of hot chocolate, if I’m not drinking this Spiked Butterscotch Schnapps Hot Chocolate, I’m whipping up some Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, or my favorite Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

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Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate

Time to get the holidays started on a good note! What better way to do that than with a nice hot cup of cheer filled with hot chocolate, butterscotch schnapps, and rum! 

Warm velvety chocolate pairs perfectly with the spiced rum that packs just enough punch to really warm you up this season. I can picture it now, cozied up by the fire, wrapped up in a blanket as I sip on a spiked hot chocolate with the Christmas tree in the background as the wind whips around outside. Doesn’t that sound like the best winter night? 

Whether you’re making one for yourself, or enough for a whole party there’s no one that won’t love this hot chocolate! So, let’s get started and make all your winter days merry and bright! 

two mugs of Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate

How To Make Spiked Hot Chocolate

Would you ever think something that looks this good could be so easy? I love how quick it is to throw together such a delicious and festive drink that I can sip on while I binge watch all the Hallmark Christmas movies. 

All you need to do is mix up your hot cocoa according to the directions listed in the recipe card. Then add vanilla extract, the alcohol, and a dash of bitters to the hot chocolate and stir. Finally just add your toppings and garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane. 

And there you go! In just a few minutes time you have a drink that will warm you up all night long! 

two mugs Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate with whipped cream

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Can I Make This Spiked Hot Chocolate Non-Alcoholic?

Yes, you can! It might seem crazy because without the booze isn’t it just hot chocolate and whipped cream? Not quite! There are a couple great substitutes you can throw in to replicate the flavors the alcohol brings to this amazingly cozy drink. 

Butterscotch Schnapps Substitute: Butter Beer, or as muggles would call it butterscotch soda. This might make your drink a little fizzy because of the carbonation, so if you want to avoid that try butterscotch syrup

Spiced Rum Substitute: You can replace the rum with a rum flavored syrup, or you can make your own rum flavored mixture. This can be done with pineapple or apple juice, and a little bit of molasses and almond extract. There are exact measurements for this combo its kind of just a trial and error recipe based on your preferences. 

For both of these substitutes, you will use the same measurements used for the alcohol. I have not personally tried this non-alcoholic version, so if you try it and like it be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate in mugs with whip cream on top

Customize Your Spiked Hot Chocolate

Grab your favorite hot cocoa mix: Want to make this recipe even easier than it already is? Well then skip the directions for homemade hot chocolate and pick up your favorite mix instead.

I personally love the s’mores hot chocolate mix from World Market. The chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker flavors mix perfectly with the butterscotch schnapps and rum! Other good flavors would be salted caramel, dark chocolate, or gingerbread!

Try it with flavored whipped cream: Have you seen all the new favored whipped creams coming out? They all sound sooo good and I bet they would be even better on top of this hot chocolate. I would die for the peanut butter whipped topping on this hot chocolate. 

You could also make your own flavored whipped cream like: 

Caramel Whipped Cream
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons caramel flavor

Whip the cream to soft peaks.  Add the sugar and flavor and continue whipping.

Butterscotch Whipped Cream
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons butterscotch flavor

Whip the cream to soft peaks.  Add the sugar and flavor and continue whipping.

Add a hot chocolate topper: Not everyone is a whipped cream lover, but that doesn’t mean they have to suffer without any fun topping on their spiked hot chocolate. 

Hot chocolate toppers are a fun way to add a little something extra to an already tasty treat. You can buy premade toppers or make your own, like these snowman toppers.

Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate in mugs with spoon

Cozy Up With More Wintery Cocktails

Cranberry Mulled Ale This warm recipe is brimming with festive flavors. Full of cinnamon, honey, ginger and nutmeg, the drink smells and tastes just like Christmas.

Eggnog Martini A Cocktail perfect for your holiday party!  If you can’t get enough of eggnog specialty drinks this Christmas cocktail is for you!

Cran-Cherry Rye Whiskey Sour The fruity cherry and cranberry notes in this cocktail complement the spicy rye for a perfectly sweet and refreshing cocktail. 

Orange Clove Hot Toddy Bright and festive hot toddy recipe. A warming and zippy beverage you’ll love sipping around the fireplace this year.

German Mulled Wine A warm winter German version of sangria that tastes like Christmas. Start a new family tradition with this belly-warming hot holiday punch recipe

Chai Tea With Bourbon The perfect warm winter drink! This chai tea recipe is simple, delicious, and full of flavor. It’s exactly what you need for Christmas parties or any chilly evening.

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You Don’t Want To Miss Out On This Spiked Hot Chocolate!

Who doesn’t love snuggling up by a fire with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate as you watch the snowflakes drift down from the sky?

I know I do, and if you do too then you’re going to want this recipe on hand for the next cold winter night. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes
Butterscotch Schnapps Spiked Hot Chocolate is a delicious combination that turns an ordinary hot chocolate into something extraordinary for adult gatherings when the weather is chilly.


  • 1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 oz Spiced Rum
  • 1.5 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Dash of orange bitters (optional)


  1. Mix cocoa, sugar and salt in a large mug.
  2. Heat milk on stovetop until hot, or in microwave on high for 1.5 minutes or until hot.
  3. Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended.
  4. Add vanilla extract, rum and schnapps to hot chocolate. Add a dash of orange bitters, stir and top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane

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