Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Nights

Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Nights


Amaro Hot Chocolate
Yield:makes 4 servings
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes

For the Angostura Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup (237ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 6 dashes Angostura bitters

For the Hot Cocoa:

  • 1/4 cup (58g) unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Valrhona
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 3 cups (710ml) milk
  • 8 ounces (227g) semisweet chocolate chips (or other type of chocolate, such as milk chocolate, depending on your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces (148ml) Italian amaro, such as Averna

For the Angostura Whipped Cream: Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the whisk, beat heavy whipping cream at high speed until soft peaks form, then add simple syrup, vanilla extract and Angostura bitters. Whip until medium peaks form, about 1 minute longer.
For the Hot Cocoa: In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk and chocolate. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely blend mixture.
Add vanilla and amaro and stir to combine. Pour into glasses and top with Angostura whipped cream.


  • Choose your favorite amaro depending on how sweet or bitter you’d like
  • Adding Angostura bitters to your whipped cream gives the drink an aroma rich with holiday spice.
  • Many amari are pretty low in alcohol, making this combo good for brunch or nightcap drinking.


Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter

7 min 4 servings 310 cals

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
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Prep 2 m
Cook 5 m
Ready In 7 m

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.