Chocolate Kiss Cocktail

Chocolate Kiss - Spiked Hot Chocolate Cocktail

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
332 Calories
3g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 332
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 219mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The chocolate kiss is a wonderful spiked hot chocolate drink that will warm you up in no time. Delicious and comforting, this recipe is easy to make and a fantastic way to dress up your favorite cup of cocoa.

The recipe is a variation on the simple adult hot chocolate. It adds a touch of coffee liqueur to the tempting chocolate-mint combination, giving the drink a deeper flavor profile. When you really want a treat, finish it up with a healthy mound of whipped cream and crown it with a Hershey's Kiss.


  • 1 1/2 ounces peppermint schnapps

  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur

  • 6 ounces hot chocolate

  • Whipped cream, for garnish

  • Hershey's Kiss, or chocolate chips; for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a preheated mug or Irish coffee glass, pour the peppermint schnapps and coffee liqueur.

  3. Fill with hot chocolate and stir well.

  4. Garnish with whipped cream and a Hershey's Kiss or a few chocolate chips. Serve and enjoy.


  • As with any hot cocktail, your drink will stay warmer longer if you warm up your glass. Simply pour hot water in it while making the cocoa or microwave a water-filled glass for about 10 seconds. Dump out the water before building your drink.
  • Any hot chocolate recipe works wonderfully for the chocolate kiss recipe. Whether you enjoy a powdered cocoa mix or rich, melted chocolate, pour your favorite.
  • Some peppermint schnapps has a really strong flavor, especially those that are 100-proof like Rumple Minze. If you're pouring one of those, consider backing off a little so the drink doesn't become too minty.
  • When it comes to coffee liqueurs, Kahlúa is probably the first brand that comes to mind. However, there are many other great options to explore. A few suggestions are those from Firelit, Leopold Bros., St. George Spirits, and New Deal.
  • The easiest whipped cream to use when topping drinks is a canned version, such as Reddi Wip. If you want to get crafty and enjoy the freshest whipped cream, make your own. For this drink, it would be fun to add a little mint or vanilla extract into the cream for extra flavor.

Recipe Variations

  • Chocolate cocktails are a great excuse to add all sorts of indulgent garnishes. Beyond the cream and chocolate, you might want to use mini marshmallows, drizzle a little chocolate or sprinkle cocoa powder on top, or hang a candy cane on the rim.
  • For a drink that is a little stronger, replace the coffee liqueur with an espresso-infused vodka like those from Three Olives or Van Gogh.
  • If you don't have coffee liqueur in stock, you can use some regular coffee instead. Instant coffee granules are one possibility, or you can pour a little fresh-brewed coffee or espresso for an extra kick.

How Strong Is a Chocolate Kiss?

Unless you pour a 100-proof schnapps, the chocolate kiss is going to be a very mild cocktail. With the average 30-proof liqueurs, the drink's alcohol content is only 3 percent ABV (6 proof), give or take. That is less than most beer.

If you go with the stronger schnapps, you're still looking at just 10 percent ABV (20 proof), which is like drinking a glass of wine, only yummier. Beware, though, the higher alcohol content also ramps up the minty flavor. It may be too much for some tastes.