Tequila Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

closeup of a glass mug of tequila spiked Mexican hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

5 from 3 reviews

Smooth, spicy tequila spiked Mexican hot chocolate is a rich, creamy treat that is easy to make and so delicious. This boozy hot cocoa with a hint of cinnamon and cayenne is sure to warm you up on a cold day! (gluten-free)


  • 3 cups milk of choice
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (I like dark cocoa powder)
  • 3 tbsp tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 oz tequila


  1. To make hot chocolate, add all ingredients except for tequila to a small saucepan. Whisk to combine.  Heat on low until mixture comes to a gentle boil, stirring.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add tequila and whisk again.
  3. Divide hot chocolate among 3 mugs. Top each mug with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and/or garnish with cinnamon sticks.


  • Make sure you don't add the tequila until the end, after you've turned off the heat, or else the alcohol will cook out.
  • You can use your favorite non-dairy milk, to make it dairy-free, it just may not be as thick or creamy.
  • Make sure you're using cayenne pepper, not chili powder. You want the heat, not chile flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of spices, salt and/or tequila to suit your taste.
  • If you already have hot cocoa mix, prepare three servings on the stove, adding the spices and tequila in the same amounts as listed in the recipe.
  • This recipe would also be delicious with mezcal in place of silver tequila.

Keywords: Mexican hot chocolate with tequila, tequila spiked hot chocolate, homemade Mexican hot chocolate