Naughty Cocoa

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. I wanted to share this post again, since it’s a delicious and boozy recipe – perfect for upcoming holiday soirees.

A little something from the naughty list…. with NICE ingredients. 😉

Ok, and an excuse to use our Elf on the Shelf as a prop.

NAUGHTY COCOA with with Elf on the shelf hugging rum bottle

(Anyone else majorly slacking with the Elf on a Shelf this year? Just know that once you do it, you have to commit to it. Forever. I swim in regrets.)

Spiked Hot Cocoa

When we went to my cousin’s White Elephant party last year, it was gloriously inappropriate. The gifts were amazing/hilarious and we had a blast hanging out with everyone. It’s one of her annual traditions, and the star of the show (for me at least) was some naughty cocoa. I had to text her to find out the top secret recipe:

Mix hot cocoa with Rumchata (YES this is horchata with rum in it! Find it at Costco), and serve.

I thought some naughty cocoa would be the perfect accompaniment to making gingerbread houses the other night, and since I wanted to partake in my current sans-dairy state, I made a vegan version with almond milk, drinking chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks. Since we did not have any Rumchata on hand, I made sure to use a generous amount of cinnamon, and stirred in the rum after everything was warmed up. 

Hot Cocoa with Rum

You need to try this.

Rumchata hot cocoa

(If you’re 21 and all that, mmmm k?)

Does anyone else talk like a pirate while pouring rum? 

rumchata hot cocoa with elf on the shelf

I poured the mixture into mugs, topped with whipped cream (rice whipped cream for me) and sprinkled with a little cinnamon.

A festive mug of holiday cheer, indeed.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! I highly recommend it for any holiday parties you have coming up, or for a chilly Friday night at home.


Naughty Cocoa

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  • 16 oz almond milk
  • 1 shot rum or rumchata
  • 3 tablespoons drinking chocolate (or dairy-free chocolate chips)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Sweetener of choice (I used a mix of cane sugar and maple syrup)


  1. 1. Heat the almond milk in a saucepan on medium until hot, but not boiling, and stir frequently. Add in your rum (or Rumchata). We used one shot for this recipe, but do what you need to do.
  2. 2. Whisk in the cocoa powder and drinking chocolate (or chocolate chips) until smooth.
  3. 3. Stir in the salt, vanilla, and sweetener (taste and see how sweet you like it!) and cinnamon sticks before removing from heat.
  4. 4. Serve with rice whipped cream (or regular) and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

What’s your favorite holiday drink?? It’s a tough one for me, because I live for some egg nog, but I think that mulled wine is the winner.

Do you say hot cocoa or hot chocolate?



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  1. Jess @ Keeping It Real Food on December 9, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I love this idea! I think I get into such a routine with drinking wine and bourbon, I forget about rum sometimes.

  2. Heidi on December 9, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Omg! The photo with the posed elf is hilarious! It makes my heart happy. I think I’ll try the recipe because yoi recommended it (of course) and because of that darned elf. LOL!!

  3. angie on December 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    YESSS to the ELF on the shelf. You have to commit 🙁 We’ve been doing Elf on the shelf since 2012. I swear I am out of ideas, or I forget to move the Elves (yep we have two. One for my 8 yr old son and one for my one year old daughter who could care less).
    I do it for my son though, he gets super excited every year to see what mischief the Elves get into. That’s like the highlight of the holidays for him. But its worth it to see him be excited. He gets soo into it. YES he still believes in the “magic”. This may be the last year though. LOL

  4. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on December 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I love that!

  5. Taylr J on December 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I’m definitely going to be trying this out when the fam is in town! Thanks for sharing x

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      hope you love it!

  6. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on December 10, 2015 at 4:27 am

    I’ve been obsessed with warm apple cider and salted caramel vodka. YUM 🙂

  7. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on December 10, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Love this! I never really think to make mixed drinks at home (I usually just stick to good old fashioned wine), but this sounds delicious and perfect for a party!

  8. whitney on December 10, 2015 at 8:41 am

    “I swim in regrets.” <—Best parenting sentence EVER! Thanks for the fun recipe 🙂

  9. Cassie on December 10, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I’m not a big beverage person. I like hot cocoa, but rarely go through the headache of making it since I have to make it from scratch and dairy free.

  10. queenoffitness on December 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

    You have impeccable timing. My sister-in-law just gave me a huge bottle of rumchata because she is pregnant and can’t imbibe! Naughty cocoa, YES!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      STOPPPPPP. i call it destiny!

  11. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on December 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Let’s ignore the fact that I am 19 years old for this comment, okay? I love Captain Morgan! Spiking hot cocoa is such a good idea. No one in my family is a fan of eggnog, but we all love our rum… I’m gonna send this recipe to my mom to convince her this needs to happen!

  12. Brittany on December 12, 2015 at 3:53 am

    6 more months and I can enjoy this! But it sounds delicious!! Maybe I’ll go to Canada to drink this since its legal there!

  13. Mary Carter on December 14, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I looked at that Rumchata bottle a month or so ago and decided I could make my own with Capn Morgan and horchata, cheaper (and stronger). Ha.

    What is ‘drinking chocolate’? Hershey’s syrup? Or hot cocoa powder? Or something else?

    • Fitnessista on December 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

      hahah YES
      it’s like chocolate shavings (and probably extra sugar) that you mix with hot milk to make hot cocoa. hot cocoa powder is like the same thing

  14. Rebecca on December 14, 2016 at 9:41 am


    This is a re-post from last year? Copy/paste? It is probably best practice to identify recycled content as such. Maybe I’ve missed the disclaimer.

    • Rebecca on December 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

      I see now. Maybe next time you could just re-post the recipe? Weird to have old comments and all

      • Fitnessista on December 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

        yes, it’s the first sentence 🙂 you lose the SEO value if you just copy and paste. i had a post that was supposed to go up this morning but they need another round of edits, so i thought this was a fun and festive one to recycle

  15. amanda on December 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I have some fun brother-in-laws coming to town for the holidays – we would love something like this ! How many drinks does this recipe make?! Where do you think they sell drinking chocolate?

  16. Taylor on December 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Oh my gosh, my kind of hot chocolate! yum!

  17. Emily on December 16, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Dairy-free (99.9% anyway) here, too, but intrigued by the rice whipped cream… I’ve only ever tried coconut whipped cream, but may have to try this next time!

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

      yes, it’s amazing!

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