Waiting for Saint Nick: An Amaretto Cocoa

Waiting for Saint Nick: An Amaretto Cocoa

What is your favorite Christmas movie? I always feel like I am supposed to respond with a classic like It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, or even A Christmas Story. I like all of those, but none of them are my favorite.

The Family Stone. 100%. The storyline is Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) is meeting the parents for the first time. Her boyfriend, Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney), has a large family, the youngest of which, Amy (Rachel McAdams), hates Meredith. Meredith is classy and career driven, but she babbles when nervous and frequently puts her foot in her mouth. As Meredith melts into a puddle of anxiety, the other Stone members deal with their own issues, which range from breast cancer to adoption to encountering high school sweethearts. I love this movie because I am drawn to kooky family drama and holiday misadventures. The characters are multi-faceted and played by amazing actors. Diane Keaton is fabulous as the Stone family matriarch.

Whatever your favorite Christmas movie is, this is the hot chocolate you want in your hand as you watch it. Not to brag, but it’s kind of perfect. I initially bought amaretto to make a previous recipe for this blog, but I have quickly learned that amaretto is hot chocolate’s best friend (not marshmallows as previously assumed).

Waiting for Saint Nick

  • 1.5 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 serving dark hot cocoa mix
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Nutella
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 ounce cognac
  • Topping ideas: whipped cream, holiday sprinkles, chocolate shavings
  1. Heat milk over the stovetop. Do not boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and whisk in cocoa mix. Once the cocoa mix is incorporated, add Nutella and whisk until thoroughly blended.
  3. In each mug, add 1 ounce cognac and 1 ounce amaretto. Pour in cocoa.
  4. Add preferred toppings and enjoy!

Movie pairing: The Family Stone
Book pairing: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

White Christmas Cocoa

White Christmas Cocoa

This recipe is a cross between a white peppermint hot cocoa and a White Russian. It’s perfect for an evening spent wrapping presents, a weekend day spent reading, or time spent watching so-bad-they’re-good Hallmark Christmas movies. It is delicious, and I hope to never know exactly how many calories are in it. (If you do the math, don’t tell me.) If you care even less about calories than I do, you can swap out some of the milk for half-and-half.

This recipe is for one (generous) serving so double or triple as needed if serving a group.

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 3 oz white chocolate, chopped or grated
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • Toppings: Whipped cream, candy canes, sprinkles or colored sugar
  1. Heat milk over the stovetop. Do not boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and begin adding the white chocolate to the milk approximately 1 ounce at a time, whisking until dissolved, and then adding the next ounce.
  3. Add in peppermint extract.
  4. In each mug, add 1 ounce Kahlua and 1 ounce vodka. Pour in cocoa.
  5. Make it pretty with your desired toppings, take a picture for Instagram, and enjoy!

Recommended movie pairing: White Christmas (of course!)
Recommended book pairing: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens