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Mexican hot chocolate cocktail in a mug garnished with cinnamon stick and toasted marshmallows

Mexican Spiked Hot Chocolate Cocktail or Mocktail

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A spiked hot chocolate cocktail is rich and creamy, with spicy heat! Easy to make in a crockpot, make this recipe with or without alcohol.


  • 5 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 1/2 cups coconut cream or canned coconut milk (water on top discarded)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces baking dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate (dairy free if needed), chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 to 1 tsp chili powder* (see notes)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup* (see notes)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup tequila gold 
  • 1/3 cup chocolate liquor (non alcoholic) or dark chocolate liqueur (with alcohol)
  • Toasted marshmallows- these are my favorite vegan marshmallows, or make my homemade marshmallows


  1. Place all ingredients except for the tequila, chocolate liqueur, and toppings into a slow cooker. Whisk to get the cocoa powder as mixed in as possible. 
  2. Cook on high setting for 1 hour, stirring often. After 1 hour, remove cinnamon sticks, stir, then cook on low setting for another 1 or 2 hours, or until chocolate melts completely.  
  3. Stir in the tequila gold (if desired) and chocolate liqueur, then turn slow cooker down to “warm”.
  4. Serve with toasted vegan marshmallows on top.


  • For additional spiciness, substitute all chili powder for a 50-50 blend of chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Chocolate chips can be replaced with a baking chocolate bar, but you will have to stir it often to prevent it from burning. Bars, diced into pieces work best.
  • Agave may be replaced with 1/2 to 2/3 cup sweetened vegan condensed milk for extra creaminess.
  • Category: drinks
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cup with alchohol
  • Calories: 317
  • Sugar: 14.7 g
  • Sodium: 133.9 mg
  • Fat: 16.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.3 g
  • Fiber: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.3 mg

Keywords: spiked hot chocolate, hot chocolate cocktail, Mexican hot chocolate, dairy free, vegan, gluten free, cocktails, mocktails

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