Irish Hot Cocolate

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


1/2cup baking cocoa
1/3cup sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2cup cold water
1pinch salt
2 1/4 ccups 2% milk
3/4cup half-and-half
1/3 to 1/2cup Bailey's Irish cream, or to taste
Whipped Cream
Shaved bittersweet chocolate


  1. Whisk the baking cocoa, sugar, vanilla, water and salt together in a large heavy saucepan over low heat. Cook until the baking cocoa is dissolved and the mixture is a smooth paste, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the milk and half-and-half gradually. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the Bailey’s Irish cream. Pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior Leage of Chicago, Peeling the Wild Onion, a Collection of Chicago Culinary Culture (the Junior League of Chicago, 2008)