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Sips & Snacks: Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

If you ask us, few things are as satisfying as a cup of hot cocoa on a cool fall day. There’s just something about whipping up a comforting sip like hot chocolate that allows you to put your responsibilities aside for a moment and enjoy the season. Don’t you agree? Okay, so you know after a raving review like that, that we are fanatics when it comes to our hot cocoa. And while we’re always game for a warm cup of the classic sip, we’re also up for a variation that has a little more of a kick… if you know what we mean.

We’re combining our love of fall flavors and our love of a good cocktail today, and sharing our latest creation with you below: our favorite spiked pumpkin hot chocolate. This recipe combines the best of both worlds, and considering we’re on the West Coast where fall makes a (very) slow entrance, this sip is undoubtedly helping us escape to a place where autumn is in full swing.

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe via GrayMalin.com | Notting Hill Print by Gray Malin

 

With that said, keep scrolling for the best hot cocoa recipe you’ll try this season, and be prepared for an escape to your happy (autumn) place…

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate | GRAY MALIN

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe | GRAY MALIN

Ingredients:

For One Cup of Hot Cocoa

  • 1 cup almond milk (vanilla or original)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 Tbsp powder hot cocoa mix
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 oz. (6 Tbsp) Bailey’s or Kahlua
  • whipped cream
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • large, microwaveable mug

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe | GRAY MALIN

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe | GRAY MALIN

Directions:

1. Start by adding ¼ cup canned pumpkin purée to the bottom of your mug.

2. Add one tablespoon of cocoa powder, followed by one pinch of pink Himalayan salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.

3. Add one tablespoon of almond milk to your mug, and mix the ingredients with a fork until smoothly combined.

4. Add ¼ cup more almond milk and mix again until smooth.

5. Finally, add the rest of your almond milk, mix one more time, and microwave for about one minute and thirty seconds (depending on the power of your microwave).

6. After you’ve removed your mug from the microwave, add in 6 tablespoons of Bailey’s and stir more final time. Tip: If the Bailey’s cools down your cocoa too much, pop it back in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time until you’ve reached your desired temperature.

7. Top with a hearty dollop of whipped cream and few sprinkles before serving. Enjoy!

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe | GRAY MALIN

Spiked Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe | GRAY MALIN

There you have it! Will you be making this boozy hot cocoa at home?

We know we’ll be whipping up a batch or two at our next get together… or maybe just for a night at home, because why not? ;)

Cheers!

Xx Team GM

Photos: Jessi Burrone for GrayMalin.com
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