Guest Post: Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Hi everyone and greetings from the Dominican Republic! I’ve been loving the warm weather here, but I’ll be heading back to colder temperatures tomorrow and Susannah of Feast + West‘s spiked Mexican hot chocolate would be the perfect treat for my arrival home! Cheers!

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate by Feast and West // Twin Stripe

Hey y’all, and happy new year! I’m delighted to be back on Twin Stripe while Katie is enjoying her trip. Today I’m sharing a recipe for hot chocolate a spicy and alcoholic twist on an old favorite winter drink.

I bring you this Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate topped with fluffy marshmallows. It’s a rich winter warmer that brings the heat in three amazing ways. It will warm you right up on a chilly day.

First, it’s hot chocolate. Even though it’s made on the stove, a cook of any level can easily simmer the milk and stir in chocolate chips and spices. Seriously, don’t let the stove scare you away from making this drink! It’s so good and I don’t want you to miss out.

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate by Feast and West // Twin Stripe

Next, it’s got spices galore. You’ll need sea salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Each one plays a pivotal role in the strong kick of this cocktail. It’s not extremely spicy, but if you’re not a fan of spicy drinks, you can easily eliminate or cut back on the cayenne pepper, as the salt and cinnamon alone are enough to add flavor to Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate.

And finally, there’s the rum. Alcohol of any kind can bring heat to this winter cocktail, but light- or golden rum provides a nice compliment to the Mexican spices and chocolate.

Trust me when I say this is one warm drink you want to have in your repertoire if the weather outside gets frightful. Stay warm, and be sure to stop by Feast + West each week for more cocktail recipes!

Click through to learn how to make this delicious spiced beverage! 

Susannah is a freelance graphic designer in Charlotte, N.C. and the editor of Feast + West, a blog about food, design and travel. Keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate by Feast and West // Twin Stripe

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

A spicy twist on a winter classic

Serves 2


  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups milk, almond milk, half-and-half or cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 ounces light or golden rum
  • cinnamon stick, for garnish
  • marshmallows, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, stir together cocoa powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat milk and sea salt on medium heat. Bring to a simmer, but don’t boil. Remove from heat.
  3. To the milk mixture, add in the chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth. Add vanilla and cocoa spice mixture and whisk until frothy.
  4. Divide the rum among two 10-ounce mugs (1½ ounce of rum each). Top with the hot chocolate. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and marshmallows, if desired.

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate by Feast and West // Twin Stripe

About Katie

Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!

6 thoughts on “Guest Post: Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

  1. We had a cold front here in Florida this week. Even though it’s 9 am, I could so go for a cup of this right now! It would be the perfect thing to warm up with.

  2. I hope you’re soaking it all up and having some fun in the sun! I’m taking a little break from the booze (all those holiday parties did me in) but considering we will probably be wrapped in the polar vortex for the next few months…I can indulge after my dry spell 😉

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