How to make your own Baileys Hot Chocolate this Christmas

Baileys. This thick, creamy Irish liquer needs no introduction. It’s not really Christmas until I’ve knocked back at least a couple of these over ice. 

However, this festive tipple is actually just as tasty to use as an ingredient in Christmas baking, and in hot drinks. To mark Christmas this year, top London baker, Lily Vanilli, has teamed up with Baileys to come up with some Christmas dessert hacks and recipes, all created using the festive tipple of choice.

The list of recipes includes indulgent recipes like Baileys Christmas fudge and Baileys salted caramel chocolate cake (both of which would make for lovely homemade gifts), alongside quick fixes like coffee-chai ice cubes and Baileys hot chocolate.

I had a go at making Baileys Hot Chocolate using the below recipe. The balance of Baileys to milk was spot on, making for a warming festive treat with a tasty kick. This would be the perfect complement for Lily’s fudge or chocolate cake. So, this Christmas, think beyond pouring Baileys over ice and get creative in the kitchen with Lily’s festive Baileys recipes.

Recipe: Baileys hot chocolate


Dark chocolate, cut up into pieces
Boiling water
Whole milk, (gently heated until just hot)
A dust of cocoa (optional)


1. Put the dark chocolate into a heat proof cup and pour over a little boiling water, then stir to melt the chocolate completely.

Melted chocolate

2. Warm the milk in a pan and pour it over the melted chocolate.

Making hot chocolate

3. Add 25ml of Baileys and stir to combine.

4. Finish with a dusting of cocoa and drink!

Baileys Hot Chocolate

What’s your favourite Baileys recipe? Leave a comment below 🙂

I received a complimentary bottle of Baileys to use in experimenting with Lily’s recipes.



  1. hannah
    January 6, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    This looks really nice and warming for the winter. Thanks for sharing

    • January 10, 2017 / 2:26 am

      It was so good, I could happily make some at any time of the year 🙂 Guaranteed to warm you up on a cold evening!

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