Since I’m not a big fan of egg nogg, I always think of hot chocolate as my signature holiday beverage. This year, I’m sharing my love for hot Mexican spiced hot chocolate with my friends with a fun little gift: Spiked Hot Chocolate in a Jar. This is a quick and easy gift for all your last minute holiday procrastinators. (Make sure to make one for yourself too!)
Hot chocolate mix
One 2 oz mini bottle of Baileys Irish Cream
1 pint mason jar with lid
White felt (optional)
Fabric paint (optional)
Red jingle bell (optional)
Wash and thoroughly dry the mason jar to avoid getting the ingredients wet. Fill the jar 2/3 of the way with the hot chocolate mix and the remaining 1/3 of the jar with the marshmallows. Put the inner ring on the top of the jar.
Cut a 4″ x 4″ square of white felt and place on top of the jar. Take the outer lid ring and screw it over the felt. Tie a piece of twine around the bottle of Baileys (I strung a small red jingle bell through before I tied it on the bottle to make it look festive but that’s up to you). Tie the bottle to the outer lid of the jar.
Use fabric paints to decorate the felt topped lid. Set aside to dry for an hour.
Try other variations to this idea: different alcohols like Kahlua, flannel fabric instead of felt, or even replacing the alcohol with a peppermint candy cane for your non-drinking friends. What other ways can you think of tweaking this gift idea to make it your own? Post your comments, ideas, and inspirations in the “Comment” field below.