hot chocolate made with Mexican cocoa topped with marshmellows and drizzles of chocolate and carmel syrup

Como agua para Chocolate (Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate)

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Como Agua para Chocolate (Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate)

You’re going to love this Mexican Hot chocolate, infused with flavors of Kahlua, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne.   More importantly, this Spiked Mexican hot chocolate is comforting as it should be, but also spicy and seductive.

Como agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) is a novel by Laura Esquivel, about a young woman, Tita, who is passionately in love with Pedro.  Unfortunately, Tita’s mother forbids the relationship.  Ultimately, when Pedro marries Tita’s sister, Tita pours her heartbreak into her cooking, infusing all who eat the food with her intense feelings.

This story is about a struggle between powerful women.


Just like our recipe, chocolate and water don’t mix unless things get HOT

In this extended metaphor, water represents a night of sex ending in death.  Additionally, Chocolate represents unrequited love or being horny for 20 years!

To Hell with longing and sacrifice!  Enjoy a cup of ‘Como Agua para Chocolate’ with someone you love…

Enjoy the perfect hot and creamy cocktail for Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead Nov. 1 & 2,) and for Christmas.


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Mexican Hot Chocolate

  • Abuelita, Ibarra or Bakers Unsweetened chocolate
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Boiling water
  • Whole milk
  • Kahlua


  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel Syrup


Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate made with Mexican cocoa topped with marshmellows and drizzles of chocolate and carmel syrup
5 from 14 votes

Como Agua para Chocolate (Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate)

Spiked Mexican Hot chocolate, infused with flavors of Kahlua, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Latin
Keyword: Alcohol-infused hot chocolate, Boozy Hot chocolate, Dia de los Muertos, hot chocolate with cayenne, Hot chocolate with Kahlua, Kahlua, Mexican Hot chocolate, spicy hot chocolate, Spiked hot chocolate
Yield: 6


  • 2 Squares Abuelita or Ibarra unsweetened chocolate or Bakers premium baking bar (unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • tsp Cayenne pepper
  • dash Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Boiling water
  • 2 ½ Cups Whole milk
  • ½ Cup Kahlua

Optional Garnishes

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Carmel syrup


  • Add chocolate squares to a pan
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne, and nutmeg to the pan
  • Turn the stove on low heat
  • Add boiling water, and continue stirring for 3-4 minutes
  • Add milk and Kahlua
  • Stir until warm and well-mixed
  • Pour into mugs
  • Add mini-marshmallows, caramel, and chocolate syrups for garnish


What is the tradition of Mexican Hot Chocolate?

The tradition of Mexican hot chocolate dates back to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations.  In Mexico, hot chocolate is typically made using  ground chocolate, hot milk, and spices like cinnamon or chili pepper.

Mexican Hot Chocolate features a rich and creamy texture, complex flavors and aromas. It is delicious with pan dulce or other sweet treats, and is amazing for holiday celebrations and family gatherings.  You will just love it on a cold day!


Try some of our other delicious Mexican-inspired cocktails

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The Dirty Horchata is a delicious rice-based cocktail.  This spiked Horchata with Rum and Kahlúa is a creamy and smooth Mexican cocktail.  It is a great balance to spicy dishes or a special treat in front of a warm fire.





Dia De Los Muertos is a rich and interesting Holiday

and a great time to enjoy, Como Agua para Chocolate

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that honors deceased loved ones. The holiday is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

It is believed that on these days, the souls of the dead return to the living world to be reunited with their families.  Traditionally, it is a joyous celebration of life and a way to remember and honor those who have passed away.

Loved ones celebrate with colorful altars, customary foods, marigold flowers, calaveras (or sugar skulls), and other decorations. Importantly, families come together to visit graveyards and adorn the tombs of their loved ones. The tradition has its roots in ancient Aztec rituals and has become a significant part of Mexican culture.

Be a part of a Dia De Los Muertos festival.  You can enjoy the rich culture of the Holiday in cities like LA, Chicago, San Antonio, or Ft. Lauderdale.  Even Albuquerque, Austin, San Diego, and Staten Island.


Learn more about Dia De Los Muetos

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