Salted Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
Food and Drink

Excerpted from Camp Cocktails: Easy, Fun, and Delicious Drinks for the Great Outdoors by Emily Vikre. Photo credit © 2021 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Used with permission.

Salted Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

"You can stir hazelnut chocolate spread into hot milk to make the most voluptuous hot chocolate you’ve ever encountered—an overstuffed cashmere pillow for your mouth, if you will. One of these by the campfire as a nightcap, and you’ll float away on a cloud of the sweetest dreams."

Emily Vikre
Serves 1


8 ounces milk

3 tablespoons hazelnut chocolate spread

1 generous pinch of salt

1½ ounces bourbon

marshmallows or whipped cream, for topping (optional)

In a small pot, heat the milk until it’s steaming, but not boiling. Add the hazelnut chocolate spread and salt to an empty mug. Add ½ to 1 ounce of your milk and whisk it with the hazelnut chocolate spread to thin the spread into a syrup. Stir in the rest of the hot milk. Add the bourbon. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream if you want to get crazy. Which you totally do.

To take your boozy hot chocolate to the next level, try adding a splash of amaro instead of bourbon. The chocolate-mint notes of Amaro Nardini in hot chocolate are downright magical. The candied orange flavor of Amaro Nonino is also a great fit.