1. I do NOT mess around with my hot chocolate. As a pastry chef, it’s practically required to have a killer hot chocolate recipe at the ready when the cold months come knocking. (mine is my European ganache-like roots meets my American Swiss Miss memories). But after all, my point of view on food is the voice of Milk Bar and nothing that we do is ordinary. So I like to turn up the volume on a great base hot chocolate by spiking it with some rich and creamy Baileys Irish Cream and make things even more interesting with either coffee kick or a punch of peppermint!

  2. In a heavy bottomed pan on medium-low heat, whisk milk with cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate, instant coffee powder and salt for 3-4 minutes or until cocoa powder and coffee powder are fully dissolved and chocolate entirely melted into a smooth, velvety mixture.

  3. Off heat, whisk in Baileys Irish Cream and pour hot chocolate evenly into mugs and serve!

Total Time min
serves

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (Dutch processed with alkali)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder (like Nescafe)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup Baileys Irish Cream