Brimming with rich cocoa and whipped cream, and spiked with delicious Bailey’s, this adult hot chocolate recipe is guaranteed to warm up even the coldest winter day. Make it extra special and top with whipped topping marshmallows!

If you love Baileys, you will love this cocktail to warm you up on a cold night. The combination of chocolate and Irish cream will warm you to the bone, making it the perfect winter drink.

Why settle for instant hot chocolate when you can have this simple, delicious chocolatey cocktail. If you prefer to have a non-alcoholic drink, you can make the hot chocolate recipe without including the Baileys Irish Cream. This drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser on a gathering on a cold winter night, and it is simple enough to make for yourself after a long day at work, too!

A warm, delicious mug of Bailey's hot chocolate.

Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe

Why should the kids have all the fun? Whip up some funwith this Baileys hot chocolate recipe. Enjoy a rich adult hot cocoa on a cold night.


Yield: 4 servings
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  • Combine sugar, cocoa powder, and water in a medium sized saucepan. Simmer until mixture thickens, 1–2 minutes. Add milk and vanilla to chocolate syrup.
  • Heat to desired temperature and stir in Bailey's.
  • Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!


Make a second batch—minus the Bailey's—for kids and any designated drivers!
Calories: 316kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 128mg, Sodium: 112mg, Potassium: 355mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 31g
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Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe