Easy and delicious Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe! This recipe only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes until you have a hot winter cocktail that tastes amazing. This Baileys and Hot Chocolate Recipe can be made with homemade hot cocoa or a boxed mix.
Baileys Hot Chocolate
This Hot Chocolate with Baileys takes minutes to prepare and tastes amazing!!!
You can make this on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. It can be made from scratch or with a premade mixes.
I am all in for hot chocolate this year. This week we are due to have temperatures below zero plus on and off snow.
I stocked up on hopefully everything we might need so I don't have to spend a ton of time getting life essentials.
One of the essentials I stocked up on was a ton of hot chocolate. I am going to try a whole bunch of different mixes to see which ones we love the most. I may even work on a hot chocolate bar idea that would be fun for a winter party.
It all depends on how distracted I get trying to stay warm and cuddling with the cats. LOL!
This is a quick overview of the simple ingredients that you'll need to make an epic Baileys' Hot Chocolate! Specific measurements and step-by-step instructions are included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Hot Chocolate Mix
- Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
Garnish - Top with whipped cream or a dollop of Baileys Irish Cream Whipped Cream
Optional - Chocolate Sauce, Cocoa Powder, Marshmallows, whip cream, chocolate flakes, gingerbread cookies, cinnamon sugar, real chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and vanilla syrup.
Hot Chocolate Mix - we use an easy hot chocolate mix for this recipe but you can easily make homemade hot chocolate. We used milk chocolate hot cocoa mix but you could easily use a flavored hot chocolate.
Bailey's Irish Cream - We use original Baileys, but you can use Baileys Almande for a vegan option.
Milk - We suggest making this with whole milk for a rich flavor. You can also use almond milk, coconut milk, or other milk alternatives.
Sauce Pan or microwave-safe large measuring cup/bowl.
How to make Baileys Hot Chocolate
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
There are a few ways you can make Irish Cream and Hot Chocolate. We went with the quick and easy way for this recipe using a dry mix and milk.
The other option is to make stovetop homemade hot chocolate with cocoa powder, sugar, water, and milk.
It really is up to you and how much time you want to spend making the hot chocolate. Just make sure to stir in Baileys once hot chocolate is prepared.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead – This hot chocolate with Baileys can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a slow cooker. You may want to wait to pour the Bailey's in until right before you serve the drinks.
Storage – Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Substitutions - Feel free to make homemade hot chocolate or try white chocolate for this recipe.
Vegetarian Option - This recipe is vegetarian
Vegan Option – Vegan hot chocolate and Bailey's Almande can be used to make this recipe vegan.
Gluten Free - The known ingredients in Bailey's Irish Cream are gluten-free. Just double check the hot chocolate mix.
Alcohol Free Option/mocktail – An Irish Cream syrup can be used instead of Bailey's.
Smaller Serving Size – This recipe currently makes one glass of Baileys with Hot Chocolate. You can divide this into two glasses for a smaller serving.
Larger Group/More servings – This recipe can easily be doubled or more for a large group. We suggest making it in the crockpot so you can easily keep the drink warm while serving.
PLEASE use milk to prepare your hot chocolate! I know the box mixes say they can be made with water but for this Baileys Hot Cocoa recipe you really want to use milk. It will mix together better and taste better.
If you are serving a large group you can easily make a large quantity of hot cocoa and have guest add in the Baileys
You can adapt the amount of Irish Cream Liqueur in your cocktail based on how strong you want the drink to be.
Printable recipe card instructions are below.
Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
What to serve with Bailey's Hot Chocolate
Toppings/Garnish - Whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, caramel sauce, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, candy canes, Baileys Whipped Cream, cinnamon stick
Serve with Baileys Coffee so guests can choose between hot chocolate or coffee.
When to serve
- Christmas morning
- Cold winter nights
- Après Ski
- After spending time outside
- By the fireplace relaxing
- Cozy night in
- Holiday parties/potlucks
- St. Patrick's Day Drink
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Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Prepare hot chocolate mix according to the box directions. Add in 1-2 ounces of Bailey's Irish Cream. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with whipped cream