Spiked Mexican Hot Cocoa

Sipping Mexican Hot Cocoa

Were you all around when SoCal got it’s first real snowstorm in years? It was last week. We like to ski at a little place called Mountain High, which is usually more like skiing in dirt. I like to think it’s making me a much better skier in the long run. But last week we got a dumping of real “pow pow”, and I found out that skiing on real snow is a blast!

Mexican Hot Cocoa

When we go skiing, we usually bring a couple cans of beer with us. Last time, Wes got the bright idea to bury them in the snow so they’d get super cold for when we were ready to take a break. He found the perfect spot in the woods near the top of the mountain, and started digging a hole. Well, guess what he found- somebody else’s beer! I guess it was the perfect spot after all.

Milk for Hot Cocoa

Later, when Wes decided it was time, he went to dig our beers back up. He chose his ski pole as the perfect digging tool, and ended up stabbing one of the cans. So of course, he had to shotgun it immediately (he’s a zero waste kinda guy).

Patron Cafe Tequila

In conclusion, beer is good, but having a hot cocktail like this Mexican Hot Cocoa is even better. If you are among the millions who received a Hydro Flask for Christmas, this is the perfect thing to use it on. These bottles do the best job I’ve seen of holding the heat in.

Hot Cocoa Toppings

Mexican Hot Cocoa is warm and spicy, which is perfect for a cold day in the snow. You’ll get some necessary calories to keep you playing longer, and a jolt from the cocoa cafe flavored tequila. Take advantage of the winter if you’ve got it!

Sipping Mexican Hot Cocoa

Mexican Hot Cocoa


2 drinks

Prep Time / Cook Time


Activity Guide

Backpacking, Bike Touring, Car Camping, Day Trip, Picnic


  • 2 packets of your favorite instant hot cocoa mix
  • 2 cups of water or milk
  • 3 ounces cocoa cafe tequila (we used Patron) or other alcohol of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


  • Small pot
  • Spoon
  • Stove
  • 1-2 insulated mugs


  1. Heat water or milk just to a boil in a pot. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour a hot cocoa mix into each mug, and slowly pour in half of the hot water or milk into each. Stir to fully combine.
  3. Add tequila. If you have an airplane bottle like I did, pour half into each mug.
  4. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon and cayenne on top of each.
  5. Enjoy now, or later if you’ve got the ability.

*I have a 20 ounce insulated mug with a lid that I use, so I make this whole recipe as one big mug, and share it. 

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