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Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 mug


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup juice from maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • splash bourbon or any desired amount


  • Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl (preferably with a spout), and set aside.
  • Combine milk and cherry juice in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, whisking frequently. (The faster you whisk, the foamier the milk will be.)
  • When the milk mixture looks like it's about to boil, remove from heat and pour into bowl over the chocolate. It's very important not to let the mixture boil, or it will curdle.
  • Let sit about 1 minute, then whisk until completely smooth.
  • Pour into a mug, add desired amount of bourbon, and enjoy.


As with the previous recipes, high quality chocolate will improve the taste of this recipe, but I'm always a proponent of using what you have on hand. I used Ghirardelli chips (60% Dark), but you can also chop chocolate if you don't have chips. The chips just save a step!
I used whole milk for my test recipes, but I think whatever type of milk you have on hand should also work fine. You can use a little bit more cream and less milk to thicken a lighter milk.