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Drink DuJour: Not Your Kid’s Hot Chocolate

A boozy twist on a childhood favorite

The best way to fend off winter’s cold temperatures (and cap off a long day) is to curl up by the fireplace with an oversized mug of spiked hot cocoa. But before plopping down, you’ll need a recipe with all the right flavors—one that includes high quality chocolate liqueur, homemade marshmallows and a lot of aged tequila. Five-star resort Ocean House serves a delicious blend that’s just right. 

“We have many guests who come to Ocean House to relive a part of their youth and to eat and drink something comfortable,” says head bartender Dean Gardiner. “This drink brings out the feeling of having hot cocoa on a cold day for the kid in you, but also has that kick adults look forward to.”


1 oz. Don Julio Anejo
½ oz. Godiva milk chocolate liqueur
3 oz. Milk
Homemade chocolate sauce
1 Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 Large homemade cinnamon marshmallow

Heat milk and chocolate sauce with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Add tequila and Godiva liqueur and stir until liquids are incorporated. Top with a cinnamon marshmallow.