Today, March 3, is International Irish Whiskey Day and to celebrate here's a perfect Irish whiskey recipe for those chilly spring evenings.

"This is so thick it’s more like chocolate soup. I eat this with a spoon. It is quite rich so this portion could also serve four people in small espresso cups" says Louise Lennox, a leading Irish chef, food writer, and broadcaster.

Indulge in the cozy warmth of winter with a delightful twist on a classic comfort drink: Irish whiskey hot chocolate. This delightful concoction marries the rich, velvety goodness of hot chocolate with the smooth, distinctive flavors of Irish whiskey, creating a beverage that's sure to become a favorite.

Whether you're curled up with a good book or hosting a holiday soirée, Irish whiskey hot chocolate is sure to elevate any winter occasion with its irresistible blend of comfort and sophistication. So go ahead, treat yourself to a mug of this delightful libation and let its rich flavors transport you to a cozy Irish pub nestled in the heart of Ireland.


Irish whiskey hot chocolate recipe


- 150g dark chocolate

- 150ml water

- 25g caster sugar

- 1 teaspoon cornflour

- 50ml Irish whiskey


- Chop up the chocolate. Add it to the water and sugar. Place it in a saucepan and melt over a low heat.

- Pour the water and sugar into a saucepan and add the cornflour. Whisk until the cornflour is dissolved. Cook over a medium heat, whisking all the time until it comes to the boil.

- Break up the chocolate and begin stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Then add in the shot of whiskey.

TIP: Instead of making this with water you can make it with coffee.

Photography Credit: Harry Weir

* Originally published by our sister publication FOOD&WINE Ireland in 2019, updated in March 2024.