Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cooking: 2 hours.


10 servings

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
Pumpkin pie vodka hot chocolate is the ultimate holiday cocktail. Made in a slow cooker and perfect for feeding a crowd, this creamy twist on a classic is a must-make for the holidays! —Becky Hardin, St. Peters, Missouri
Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Optional: Miniature marshmallows or whipped cream


  1. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low, 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate is melted.
  2. If desired, garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie Vodka Hot Chocolate Tips

What other kinds of milk can you use to make vodka hot chocolate?

Low fat or dairy-free milks, such as almond, soy or oat, can be substituted for the whole milk to lighten up the recipe if desired. If you don’t want to use heavy cream, try using half and half or fat-free sweetened condensed milk. Keep in mind that substituting more than one ingredient will change the richness and flavor of the hot chocolate dramatically, so a taste test of the original method is recommended before altering the recipe.

What other kinds of liquor can you put in vodka hot chocolate?

While this recipe calls for vodka, you can use bourbon, brandy, Bailey’s Irish Cream or a chocolate liqueur too. Or, try another one of our spiked hot chocolate recipes!

Can you microwave vodka hot chocolate?

Yes, leftover pumpkin pie vodka hot chocolate can be reheated in the microwave. For a single serving, microwave at 50 percent power for 1 minute, stir and microwave in 20 second increments until the desired temperature is achieved, stirring with each additional increment. The reduced power level prevents overheating the milk and cream, avoiding the formation of a skin on top. However, if you bring this to a holiday get together, you probably won’t have any leftovers! This hot chocolate would be a great choice when looking for Thanksgiving potluck recipes. It would also be the perfect addition to a hot chocolate bar!

Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 575 calories, 34g fat (21g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.