Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate (2 Ways)

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Drizzling homemade caramel sauce onto a Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

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.

Pouring a glass of our delicious Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Glasses of our Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate recipe topped with whipped cream

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.

Top down shot of a whipped cream spiral topped with cinnamon on top of a Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

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.

Glasses of Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream

Glasses filled with our Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate recipe and whipped cream

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.

Glasses of Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate with one topped with caramel sauce

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.

Drizzling caramel sauce onto the whipped cream layer of our Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate recipe

Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate (2 Ways)

White hot chocolate with all the flavor of spicy pumpkin pie and a little booze for good measure.
Author Minimalist Baker
Top down shot of a glass of our Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
5 from 4 votes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (hot chocolates)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh


  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or chopped)
  • 2 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ounce Kahlua (or sub half as much Bourbon)
  • Whipped cream and caramel (optional // for topping)


  • In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the milk (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), whisking often (about 3 minutes).
  • Once melted, add the rest of the milk, the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice and stir vigorously to incorporate.
  • Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate into serving glasses (two as original recipe is written), add Kahlua OR 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 is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 g Calories: 329 Carbohydrates: 37 g Protein: 10 g Fat: 13 g Saturated Fat: 8 g Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 37 g

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  1. Sophie says

    During a break in my boring zoom lecture, I mixed my leftover pumpkin white hot chocolate with coffee and topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Sat down for the rest of my lecture so happy! This is delicious. Would love to see more coffee recipes :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad it cheered you up, Sophie! Thank you for the lovely review and suggestion – we’ll add it to our ideas list!

  2. Olivia says

    Loved this drink! So perfect for Fall. I added 1 tsp of pumpkin spice instead of 1/4 tsp and the flavour was just right.

  3. Cassy says

    This is SUCH a delicious cozy drink! <3 I used Almond milk and a creamy Bourbon and it turned out FABULOUS! It may be July but I am a girl who loves Fall and this is like a little cup of Fall happiness! Thank you!! <3 <3

  4. Erin C. says

    Just finished a cup, with kahluah, and it was fantastic! I’m excited to host thanksgiving at my house now just so I can serve these!

  5. Lora O'Brien says

    Hi, just to let you know we recently featured this recipe in our latest Eluxe article.
    Feel free to check it out and share it on.

    Thank you

  6. Angela Brown 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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  8. 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!