Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate {Two Ways}

The first time I walked into a Starbucks I ordered a hot chocolate. I was confused. I hated coffee. Then I spilled it on myself. True story.

Since then hot chocolate and I have made amends. The stain came out. I once again remembered the luscious hot chocolate of my youth, even if it did consist of ovaltine and freeze-dried marshmallows. It warms me when I’m bitterly cold in the wintertime. You could say we’re hot for each other again. Also a true story.

Sure, classic hot chocolate is good and well. But this hot chocolate is WHITE hot (get it?) and filled with pumpkin puree and plenty of pumpkin pie spice. And booze! Did I mention the booze?! It has booze.

The best part about this drink besides the fact that it’s perfect for cold-weather gatherings, grown up enough for even the manliest of manly men, and quintessentially fall, is that it warrants being topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Ooohhh yeahh.

If you love the buttery sweet flavor of white chocolate, the spicy heartiness of pumpkin, and the luscious decadence that is whipped cream and caramel (and booze – two kinds, pick your poison), then this is thee fall drink for you.

Happy fall, friends. Happy fall, indeed.

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Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate {Two Ways}
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White hot chocolate with all the flavor of spicy pumpkin pie and a little booze for good measure.
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Cocktail
Serves: 2
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or chopped)
  • 2.5 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ounce Kahlua or 1/2 ounce Bourbon
  • whipped cream and caramel for topping (optional)
  1. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the milk, whisking often (about 3 minutes).
  2. Once melted, add the rest of the milk, the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice and stir vigorously to incorporate.
  3. Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate into two serving glasses, add one ounce of Kahlua OR one-half ounce of bourbon (bourbon is much stronger in taste). Top off with hot chocolate, stir and then top with whipped cream, caramel sauce and more pumpkin pie spice (optional).
* Use non-dairy milk and non-dairy white chocolate to make this recipe vegan friendly.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Yields 2.5 drinks ; per drink Calories: 329 Fat: 13 g Saturated fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 37 g Sugar: 37 g Protein: 10 g

danaHi, I'm Dana! I am a food stylist, photographer, and author of the Food Photography School and the 31 Meals Cookbook.

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  1. A Pinyan says

    I just came to your site via foodgawker, and this looks like the best thing ever. I am planning some for my hurricane sequestering this evening….marvelous!

  2. says

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  3. says

    Respect on the Ovaltine reference! We always had a giant tub of that stuff in the pantry when I was a kid! This looks like a great, boozy fall drink! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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