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Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa

Updated On: Oct 10, 2023

A boozy Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa for the adults that is a delicious warming

hot chocolate infused with Kahlua

I am a fan of hot cocoa.  I don’t mean the powdered stuff that you add hot water to.  I’m talking about melting semi sweet chocolate into rich whole milk for a mug full of chocolate-y deliciousness.  There’s nothing better on a cold and blustery winter day.

Now imagine, if you will, adding Mocha Kahlúa  and cayenne pepper to your chocolate milky concoction.  It takes the ordinary to whole new level of delicious.

Aztec Kahlua Hot Cocoa | farmgirlgourmet.com

The first hot chocolate beverage was created by the Mayans over 2000 years ago and cocoa beverages were an essential part of the Aztecs culture.  If they had Kahlúa  in 1400 AD, I bet it would’ve been added to their cocoa.

Each year during the holidays, we get together with our neighbors for what we call Yule Bakken.  It’s an evening spent eating finger foods and sipping holiday beverages at several homes in the neighborhood.  Along the route to the next house, we sing Christmas carols loudly with a merry caravan of holiday spirited adults and children alike.  It’s an evening we all look forward to that usually ends at our house.  Guitars come out and we all squeeze into our livingroom with mugs of warm cocoa (some spiked, most not) and sing along like the most perfect Norman Rockwell depiction of the best Christmas ever.  I can’t wait to have a big pot of this Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa waiting for my Yule Bakken guests this holiday.

hot chocolate infused with Kahlua

Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa

Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa is a mix of spicy, sweet and Mocha Kahlúa rum. Perfect for warming up the adults on a chilly winter day.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of Kosher salt optional
  • 1 cup Mocha Kahlúa


  • In a large saucepan, add the milk, heavy cream, chocolate, espresso powder, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt. Warm slowly over medium-low heat, until chocolate is melted. When warm enough to serve, add the Kahlúa and stir to combine.
  • Ladle into mugs and serve immediately with marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream.


Calories: 1035kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 15gFat: 65gSaturated Fat: 40gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 836mgFiber: 6gSugar: 66gVitamin A: 1794IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 405mgIron: 4mg
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Disclaimer: This was a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    Oh a cup of this would be amazing right now – it’s foggy and windy here on MV!

  2. grandbabycakes says:

    Gosh I could use a cup of this!

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