… And trust us when we say, we’re adding a little extra pizazz to our drinks this season. Whether it’s a Baileys hot chocolate you love, or a sneaky bit of rum – we’ve rounded up the best boozy hot chocolates to try this winter in Manchester.
Joining an impressive menu of festive grub, Fress is now serving a delicious chocolate orange hot chocolate, boasting a base of Amaretto and orange syrup and topped with whipped cream and a Terry’s segment. The perfect excuse to enjoy a bitta booze with your brunch, the hot chocolates are available as part of the winter menu now, alongside spiced rum chai lattes, non-alcoholic Kinder frappuccinos, and more. Fress, 62 Oldham St, M4 1LE.
2. Cocoa Cabana @ Escape to Freight Island
Coming to Escape to Freight Island for the first time this festive season, Cocoa Cabana is serving up the most luxurious hot chocolates – with the choice of Baileys, brandy, whiskey or rum to spice things up a little. Available in a variety of flavours, guests can enjoy chocolate mint, white berry warmer, classic chocolate and more, topped with truffles, whipped cream and drizzles of rich chocolate. Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.
3. Manchester Christmas Markets
The home of all things festive in Manchester city centre, the Christmas Markets are back – with plenty of boozy drinks to enjoy this season. The markets bars are stocked up with all the good stuff, including boozy hot chocolates pimped up with Bailey and Amaretto.
4. Black Milk
Black Milk has brought back its delicious stacked hot chocolates, making Christmas just that extra bit delectable. Including a shot of Baileys, guests can choose from some seriously incredible hot chocolates (in true Black Milk style, of course), including the S’mores hot chocolate, the Nutella hot chocolate, Kinderella and the classic marshmallow-topped drink. Black Milk, 88 Oldham St, M4 1LF.
Ramona’s new hot chocolates are particularly show-stopping, not only looking amazing, but tasting it, too. Aptly named ‘The Fluffernator’, the hot chocolate is made with both dark and milk chocolate, salted white chocolate and caramel, torched Italian meringue, a cookie dipper, and a choice of Sipsmith Orange or Jameson whisky. Ramona, 40 Swan St, M4 5JG.
6. Bar Hutte
One of Manchester’s most festive bars – Bar Hutte – is back for Christmas, bringing the perfect backdrop to enjoy a boozy hot chocolate. Make your classic hot chocolate Irish, before enjoying the unique karaoke huttes, Bombardinos and even a doggy grotto complete with pawsecco. Bar Hutte, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN.
7. Albert’s Schloss
Back for the winter at Albert’s Schloss, guests can wind down in the alpine-style bar with a delicious hot chocolate, complete with whipped cream, cocoa powder and a dash of Grey Goose vanilla or orange. Making for the perfect warming treat, the new festive drink joins Glühwein and honey spiced cider on the new winter menu, which also boasts stunning alpine dishes such as French onion soup served in a haus baked sourdough and Christmas pudding strudel. Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, M2 5QR.
Offered alongside a stunning festive menu of kebabs, Bab has concocted a number of boozy festive drinks – including Made with Sipsmith gin, guests can kick back with a chilli and orange hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder, alongside other warming festive treats such as mulled wine and a gin-infused Espresso mocha. Perfect with their Christmas bab! Bab, 14 Little Lever St, M1 1HR.