High Octane Hot Chocolate

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High Octane Hot Chocolate is what happens when you combine coffee, cocoa, kahlua, and vodka and then top that with a generous handful of marshmallows.

While it may sound crazy sweet, it really is not. This is a warm, smooth, chocolate-y mocha with a generous splash of booze. The marshmallows are fun and they sweeten the drink perfectly.

If hot chocolate isn’t your thing a creamy, smooth, and sweet chocolate martini is similarly irresistible.

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High Octane Hot Chocolate is a warm, smooth, chocolate-y mocha with a splash of booze! (get the recipe at Barefeet In The Kitchen)

If you’re a fan of sweeter drinks, just add a few more marshmallows or swap them with a dollop of whipped cream if that is more your style.

This High Octane Hot Chocolate was waiting for me last time I arrived at my sister’s door. She called me as we were driving into Albuquerque to check how close we were to their house.

We’d been driving for about 7 hours and to be handed these warm and fully loaded drinks within moments of walking through their door was pretty much the best thing we could have imagined.

High Octane Hot Chocolate is a warm, smooth, chocolate-y mocha just for the adults! (get the recipe at Barefeet In The Kitchen)

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High Octane Hot Chocolate

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 2 servings


  • 4 ounces hot coffee or espresso whichever you prefer
  • 4 ounces  Homemade Hot Cocoa  or the store brand of your choice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces kahlua
  • Optional toppings: miniature marshmallows cocoa powder


  • Prepare coffee and cocoa. Divide the hot coffee and cocoa between two mugs or heat proof glasses. Add an ounce of vodka and an ounce of kahlua to each drink. Stir to combine and top generously with marshmallows and a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Enjoy!


I love these Bodum tumblers both for how pretty they are and their ability to hold both hot and cold drinks. However, any mug or cup that can handle a hot drink will work perfectly for this cocktail. That said, this might not be the perfect time to use that travel coffee cup; this is most definitely not a coffee or cocoa for the road.
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anne R says

    If you want it to stay high octane, prepare coffee/espresso and hot chocolate, pour into warmed mugs, put marshmallows on top, THEN pour vodka and kahlua between the marshmallows. This will prevent the heat from allowing the alcohol to dissipate, but keep it in under the marshmallows, or whipped cream, if you are using that.

  2. Molly Brovan Christopher says

    I just saw this post and that you mentioned visiting your sister in Albuquerque. Did y’all grow up there or did your sister move there later? I ask this because I grew up in Albuquerque during the 70’s and 80’s and graduated at UNM! My dad was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering there as well, although that was NOT my forte lol 😊!5 stars