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A Drunken Rudolph is a deliciously creamy adult hot chocolate cocktail. In only 3 minutes, you can easily turn your Christmas cocoa into a boozy, holiday beverage.
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Table of Contents
  1. Drunken Rudolph: Christmas Cocoa For Adults
  2. Why We Love This Drunken Rudolph Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make the Drunken Rudolph Cocktail (Boozy Hot Chocolate)
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Cocktail Recipes
  11. Drunken Rudolph Recipe

A Drunken Rudolph is an adult hot chocolate cocktail and one of the easiest ways to turn your Christmas cocoa into a boozy, holiday beverage. By simply spiking your milk and hot chocolate mixture in a mug, you can create this creamy rich drink in only 3 minutes–it’s the ultimate mashup of childhood comfort and adulting.

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Drunken Rudolph: Christmas Cocoa For Adults

This Drunken Rudolph recipe is the best way to indulge your inner child by spiking a comforting mug of cocoa with a boozy grown-up twist. It starts with cool scoops of vanilla ice cream that are covered with Baileys Irish cream liqueur and Fireball Cinnamon whiskey, all mixed in a mug with creamy hot chocolate, and then topped with fluffy whipped cream, some “antlers” and a “nose.” 

Guaranteed to bring holiday cheer and make you feel fuzzy and warm, this delicious adult hot chocolate makes a cozy night indoors feel even cozier. Or maybe it’s just the boozy hot beverage you’ve been sipping! 

If Santa were to get his reindeer drunk, I am guessing his recipe would taste similar to this one: a delicious combination of sweet and milky chocolate with a slight cinnamon kick–it’s a creamy treat for Rudolph and an inebriating indulgence (for adults only) that induces holiday happiness.

A calming way to wind down during the coldest of winter weather, this nightcap is perfect for your warming pleasure, because every sip of spiked cocoa feels like a chocolate hug merrily served in a tall mug.

Why We Love This Drunken Rudolph Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in only 3 minutes.
  • Only uses 5 ingredients plus garnish.
  • Delicious sweet treat for adults that feels like a childhood indulgence.
  • Creamy and comforting hot chocolate cocktail.
  • Perfectly warm boozy beverage for cold weather.
  • Great way to bring holiday cheer to your home.
drunken rudolf with whipped cream

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Whole milk
  • Packet hot cocoa mix
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
  • Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • Squirt whip topping
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Fresh rosemary twigs

Substitutions and Additions

  • Milk: When making your hot cocoa, feel free to use whatever milk, or non-dairy milk, product you prefer. If you use a non-dairy version, I suggest using full fat almond milk or oat milk. The goal is that it is rich and creamy. Also, I would note that if you choose to use a dairy substitute that it is an un-flavored version.
  • Alternate Alcohol: You can substitute Kahulah, Rum Chata, or any other creamy liqueur for the Baileys in this recipe to suit your flavor preferences.
  • Kid Cocoa: As always, you can make this a non-alcoholic version by simply omitting the Baileys Irish Cream and the Fireball Whiskey. Kids and grown-ups alike will have fun with this holiday drink! Quick tip: put cinnamon sticks as antlers for the non-alcoholic versions so that no one drinks the wrong one!
  • Tasty Toppings: Feel free to top your hot chocolate with some sweets, like marshmallows, chocolate chips, chocolate or caramel drizzle, or chocolate shavings.
drunken rudolf ingredients
  • Large coffee mug
  • Microwave safe measuring cup
  • Ice cream scoop

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How to Make the Drunken Rudolph Cocktail (Boozy Hot Chocolate)

This Drunken Rudolph recipe is an easy way to turn your Christmas cocoa into a boozy, holiday beverage. It takes only 3 minutes to make this delicious drink, simply by spiking your hot chocolate.

  1. Add ice cream, Baileys liqueur, and the Fireball Cinnamon whiskey to a coffee mug. Set aside.
    Add ice cream, Baileys liqueur, and the Fireball Cinnamon whiskey to a coffee mug
  2. Heat milk in the microwave and stir in cocoa packet.
    Pro Tip: Heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds, or longer if you desire your hot cocoa to be hotter.
  3. Pour hot cocoa into the coffee mug with the ice cream and alcohol.
    Pour hot cocoa into the coffee mug
  4. Garnish with whip cream, 2 sprigs of rosemary for the antlers, and 1 maraschino cherry for the nose.
    a glass of drunken rudolf
  5. Enjoy!

Tips

  • To enjoy your Drunken Rudolph you can give him a stir and either sip with a straw or drink like a latte.
  • If you do not wish to add the vanilla ice cream, then I suggest you increase the amount of milk that you use to make your hot cocoa (you do not need to add more cocoa mix) but you may need to adjust your heat time accordingly.  If you do not add the additional milk then you will have a very drunk Rudolph!
  • I like to use the specialty individual hot cocoa packet mixes for this recipe, but feel free to use whatever hot chocolate brand you enjoy. The goal is to have 6 ounces of hot cocoa. Remember that different brands come in different size packets, or even as a bulk container. Not to worry, just follow the packet for a single serving.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: This drink is best enjoyed immediately while it’s hot.
drunken rudolf with fireball whiskey

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use skim or low-fat milk for this recipe?

Feel free to use your milk of choice, however, the trick to a good cocoa powder-based spiked hot chocolate is fat. Heat tends to intensify the burn of alcohol on your palette and the fats from the dairy will help to counterbalance that burn. This recipe uses whole milk because it helps to cut that overpowering, unpleasant burn from the alcohol, and produce a delicious, smooth, and creamy spiked hot chocolate.

Can I use dairy-free milk for this recipe?

Yes, you can absolutely use dairy-free milk. Make sure that your hot chocolate mix does not contain milk powder if you follow a vegan diet, and swap the dairy milk with almond, soy, oat, or coconut milk for a delicious adult hot chocolate. Feel free to use non-dairy ice cream too!

What is Bailey’s?

Bailey’s is an Irish cream liqueur made from whiskey, cream, and cocoa. It is a great addition to a wide range of drinks from adult hot chocolate to frappucinos.

drunken rudolf garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherry

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Drunken Rudolph

Serves — 1
A Drunken Rudolph is a deliciously creamy adult hot chocolate cocktail. In only 3 minutes, you can easily turn your Christmas cocoa into a boozy, holiday beverage.
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces whole milk
  • 1.25 oz packet hot cocoa mix
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ounces Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
  • ½ ounce Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • For garnish: Squirt whip topping, Maraschino cherry, Fresh rosemary twigs

Instructions
 

  • In a large coffee mug add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, Baileys Irish cream liqueur and the Fireball Cinnamon whiskey. Set aside.
  • In a microwave safe, spouted glass 2 cup measure, pour in the whole milk and heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds (or longer if you desire your hot cocoa to be hotter). Carefully remove it from the microwave and add the contents of your hot cocoa packet to the hot milk. Stir until no lumps remain.
  • Carefully pour the hot cocoa into the large coffee mug with the ice cream and alcohol.
  • Garnish with a full topping of squirt whip cream, 2 sprigs of rosemary for the antlers and 1 maraschino cherry for the nose.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
This drink is best enjoyed immediately while it’s hot.
Tips:
  • To enjoy your Drunken Rudolph you can give him a stir and either sip with a straw or drink like a latte.
  • If you do not wish to add the vanilla ice cream, then I suggest you increase the amount of milk that you use to make your hot cocoa (you do not need to add more cocoa mix) but you may need to adjust your heat time accordingly.  If you do not add the additional milk then you will have a very drunk Rudolph!
  • I like to use the specialty individual hot cocoa packet mixes for this recipe, but feel free to use whatever hot chocolate brand you enjoy. The goal is to have 6 ounces of hot cocoa. Remember that different brands come in different size packets, or even as a bulk container. Not to worry, just follow the packet for a single serving.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 397mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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