Boozy Hot Chocolate Gift Kit

A homemade hot chocolate mix makes a wonderful gift. When the weather is chilly, everyone loves a mug of hot chocolate or hot cocoa, preferably with extras like mini marshmallows and a miniature bottle of something warming to make it extra-special! This homemade hot cocoa gift is so easy to make. You might like to make a batch of them for friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, or anyone you feel deserves a special treat this Christmas.

Three mason jars filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows, perfect for a handmade Christmas gift.

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A boozy hot chocolate gift jar is a great idea. The hot chocolate mix recipe is easy to make and looks so pretty layered in jars. The miniature liquor bottle makes this thoughtful gift even more festive.

Why You’ll Love It

Easy: To make this homemade hot chocolate mix you simply need to layer the ingredients in a jar, tie on a label and a miniature bottle of liquor.
Festive: Hot chocolate is always good, but this extra-special homemade hot chocolate mix is fun and festive, and always nice to receive as a Christmas treat if you love hot chocolate.
Delicious: This is a rich-tasting hot chocolate mix recipe which the recipient can customize by including as many mini marshmallows as they like along with a small (or big!) splash of Fireball or Bailey’s!

A mason jar filled with marshmallows and a bottle of bourbon, creating the perfect hot cocoa gift kit for a handmade Christmas gift or DIY project.

Ingredients for Hot Chocolate Mix for Gifts

Unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch processed cocoa is always good), turbinado sugar, milk powder, dark chocolate chips or squares, and mini marshmallows go into the homemade hot chocolate mix, along with a miniature bottle of Fireball or Bailey’s (or whichever liquor you think the recipient might enjoy). You will also need a glass jar (here), some twine and a printer to print out the instructions label.

A handmade Christmas gift of a hot chocolate gift kit is displayed on a table, with all the ingredients for a delicious chocolate cake.

How to Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Gift Set

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Layer the ingredients: Layer each ingredient in the glass jar, starting with the cocoa powder and then adding the milk powder, sugar, mini chocolate chips or squares, and finally the mini marshmallows on top.
Shake it a little: Give the jar a little shake, just to even out the layers, not to mix them up.
Add the label and alcohol: Punch a hole in the printable tag then wrap twine around the jar, threading it through the gift tag and also securing the little bottle in place. Tie the twine in a neat bow to finish.

A gift kit containing a jar filled with marshmallows and a bottle of whiskey, perfect for creating boozy hot chocolate.

Boozy Hot Chocolate Printable Tag


Substitutions and Variations

You can customize this hot cocoa homemade gift however you wish. Possible tweaks include swapping the dark chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or even something unusual such as peanut butter chips.

A mason jar hot chocolate gift kit with a bottle of bourbon.

Turbinado sugar adds sweetness to the cocoa mix but you can sub white sugar or even artificial sweetener. If you don’t know the preference of whoever you’re making this for, you could have the sugar in a separate little baggie in the jar.

Handmade Christmas gift of mason jars filled with chocolate and marshmallows.

As for the liquor, anything goes, so consider anything from regular RumChata or peppermint RumChata to brandy, dark or spiced rum, or peppermint schnapps.

Add a couple of little candy canes if you want, or cinnamon sticks – you can tie these to the jar along with the little bottle and the tag.

Hot cocoa gift jar with alcohol.

How to Use the Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

The instructions are printed on the label, and this hot chocolate mix is so easy to use. You simply add the contents of the jar to a saucepan along with some water, and simmer gently until hot and well combined.

A boozy hot chocolate gift kit on a table.

Mix in the alcohol, stir and serve hot, perhaps garnished with whipped cream. It’s a great beverage to serve with festive nibbles like fig Christmas cookies or Christmas tree pop tarts.

How to Store Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Store:  This should stay fresh for months if kept in the sealed jar or another airtight container in a dark, cool place.
Freeze:  This isn’t something you can freeze.

Handmade hot cocoa gift kit with marshmallows.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix FAQs

Can you use smaller (or larger) jars?

The recipe makes five servings of hot chocolate. If you’re making this gift for a single-person household or just for 1 or 2 people, you might like to halve the recipe and use an 8-ounce jar (here) (instead of a larger one) so they don’t have to make all 5 cups at once or try to divide every ingredient in the mixture into equal parts. Don’t be a Scrooge though – they should still get a full miniature of Fireball!!

Can I make this without a printer?

Printers always seem to choose the worst times to refuse to print. If that happens, you can always hand-write the tags instead. They’d look just as charming that way, maybe more so!

A hot chocolate gift kit featuring marshmallows and chocolate in a mason jar.

Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Hot chocolate gift gars with alcohol.

Boozy Hot Chocolate Gift Kit

5 from 2 votes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 1311kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Warm up this winter with a boozy hot chocolate gift kit! Perfect for sharing with friends, family, and colleagues.
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  • ½ Cup cocoa powder
  • ½ Cup turbinado sugar Sugar in the Raw
  • ¾ Cup milk powder
  • 2 Squares dark chocolate
  • Small bottle of Fireball or Bailey’s
  • 1 Handful mini marshmallows


  • Layer the ingredients in the jar in the following order: cocoa powder, milk powder, sugar, chocolate square, mini marshmallows.
  • Shake the jar slightly between layers to even out the ingredients.
  • Cut about 18” of twine (or enough to wrap around the bottle twice with 8” extra.
  • Cut out the printable label, and use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top.
  • Wrap the twine around the jar just under the lid. Wrap it around the lid of the Fireball or Bailey’s once before attaching the label.
  • Attach the label and tie a knot in the twine, then tie a bow to complete the jar.


 Printable label 


Calories: 1311kcal | Carbohydrates: 188g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 2360mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 151g | Vitamin A: 918IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 983mg | Iron: 13mg


  • I used Fireball for this recipe, but Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur will also work well with the hot chocolate. Peppermint Schnapps, RumChata, or Peppermint RumChata would also add great variety to the flavor.
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

This homemade hot chocolate gift is a great project if you want to make something crafty without spending hours on it. Hot chocolate is the perfect drink for Christmas and the hot cocoa mixture comes with its own little miniature bottle of liquor so you can enjoy a tipple at the same time!

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