Spicy Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Spicy Gingerbread Hot Cocoa (1 of 4)

Take your holiday hot chocolate to the next level with the surprising spiciness of cayenne and black peppers, giving this drink a delicious and warming zing!

Spicy Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Spicy Gingerbread Hot Cocoa (4 of 4) (1)

Makes: 2 servings 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 ½ cups milk of choice

¼ cup dutch cocoa powder

2 tablespoons coconut sugar

⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on how spicy you want it

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/16 teaspoon ground allspice

1/16 teaspoon ground cloves

1/16 teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon sticks and star anise, optional

Whipped cream, optional


  1. Pour milk into a medium saucepan. Place the saucepan on a burner over medium heat. Warm until the milk is steaming, but not simmering, about 5 minutes. 

  2. Whisk in the cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, gloves, and ground black pepper. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes. If the mixture begins to simmer, reduce heat to medium-low.

  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  4. Divide hot cocoa between two mugs. Garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick, star anise, and/or whipped cream and serve.


To decrease added sugar, replace coconut sugar with an equivalent amount of a granulated monk fruit sweetener.

Nutrition Information

For 1 12-ounce serving prepared with 2% cow’s milk

Calories: 214

Fat: 8 grams

Saturated Fat: 5 grams

Cholesterol: 25 milligrams

Sodium: 147 milligrams

Carbohydrate: 30.75 grams

Fiber: 3.5 grams

Sugar: 24 grams

Added Sugar: 9 grams

Protein: 11 grams