Baileys peppermint hot chocolate

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written something that I kind of feel guilty and I’ve missed it a lot. The fact is that I could say it was this or that, but in reality I just let things get in the way. But to get back in the spirit of the holidays, here is a drink that will warm your belly and soul.

Around the holidays, Baileys is one of my favorite drinks. You can drink it on the rocks, with milk or – best of all – with hot chocolate!

Another favorite of mine during the holidays are the holiday gift boxes that you can find at Starbucks (yes, more Starbucks…I used to be a Barista). This year, they have a trio of hot chocolate: peppermint, double chocolate, and salted caramel. So far, I’ve only tried the peppermint.

Pour desired amount of Baileys into mug. Then, all you have to do is heat up 1 cup of milk on the stove. While the microwave may be quicker, I like to heat it up on the stove because it’s easier to mix in the packet of cocoa powder as the milk gradually heats, instead of after it’s hot. This way you avoid those annoying clumps that can form.

The peppermint is pretty good and actually has pieces of peppermint (maybe candy cane) in the mix. I do feel that the peppermint flavor could have been a little stronger (or maybe the Baileys overpowered it). But overall, a delicious drink to be enjoyed a chilly (increasingly colder) winter’s day. Enjoy!


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