Mixology is all the rage, but often comes with steep prices to match the boozy libations. Jump on the trend and save some cash by indulging in the latest craze at resorts around the world — designer hot chocolate. While the weather is chilly, indulge in these cozy, chocolatey creations at affordable prices.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Hot Chocolate
At Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah, executive chef Zane Holmquist has turned the classic childhood sandwich into a hot beverage that’s sure to stick to your ribs, with strawberry jam, peanut butter, heavy cream, and chocolate chips ($5).
Spiced Hot Chocolate
There are plenty of places that offer spiced hot chocolate, but the Riviera Palm Springs in California, takes it to a new level with an eye-popping array of fragrant ingredients. Smoked paprika, star anise, orange peel, and curry powder are just a few of the spices that are swirled with dark Xocopili and Guanaja chocolates, along with white chocolate for a spicy sweet drink ($8).
Bourbon and Bacon
It is rarely necessary to drink hot chocolate in Orlando, Florida, to stay warm, but it’s worth sipping this concoction for the amazing flavor. Pop into American Q at the B Resort near Downtown Disney to experience the Bourbon and Bacon ($6): a boozy beverage made with bacon fat and garnished with the restaurant’s swine candy.
The Divas Hot Chocolates
Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria, Virginia, is a hot cocoa bar that boasts an assortment of unique drinks named after famous, fiery women ($4.25). The Liz Taylor adds a lavender infusion to the classic hot chocolate, while the Carmen Miranda is a mix of raspberries and dark chocolate decorated with dried strawberries and mango.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
The Omni Grove Park Inn is a historical landmark in Asheville, NC, complete with massive 14-foot stone fireplaces in the lobby. Cozy up in a rocking chair next to one and savor a hot chocolate made with caramel sauce, coarse sea salt, and sweetened whipped cream ($5).
Nunu’s Boozy Hot Chocolate
Brooklyn-based Nunu Chocolates has joined forces with the sophisticated W New York to create three alcohol-infused hot chocolates sure to beat the chill ($15). “As Long as It’s Legal” is made with moonshine, “Absinthe Minded” is swirled with absinthe, and “Baby it’s Chili Outside” is combined with a kicky mezcal-chili.