Licor 43 Mexican Hot Chocolate

September 15, 2023
Licor 43 Mexican Hot Chocolate

Indulge in the warmth of Mexican hot chocolate, elevated by the sweet and complex flavors of Licor 43. This recipe marries the rich chocolatey notes with the intricate blend of 43 natural ingredients of Licor 43, including citrus, fruit juices, and spices.


  • 2 cups whole milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or 2 chocolate tablets (preferably Mexican chocolate like Ibarra or Abuelita)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of chili powder or cayenne (adjust to your preference)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 oz Licor 43 (adjust to taste)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for garnish (optional)


  • Chocolate Base: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, chocolate chips/tablets, cinnamon, and chili powder. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Enhance with Vanilla: Once the chocolate has melted, stir in the vanilla extract. Continue to heat for another 1-2 minutes but be careful not to let it boil.
  • Spike it up: Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the Licor 43. Mix well until fully integrated.
  • Serve and Garnish: Pour the hot chocolate into mugs. If desired, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings or a touch more cinnamon or cocoa powder.

The Allure of Licor 43 in Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate is an age-old beverage, rich in history, culture, and flavor. Known for its complex combination of cocoa, cinnamon, and often a touch of chili, it’s a drink that warms from the inside out, both with its temperature and its spicy undertones. But, when you introduce Licor 43, a drink already boasting an array of flavors, you transform this traditional drink into an adult indulgence.

The Magic of Licor 43

Originating from Spain, Licor 43 is named for its 43 distinct ingredients, a closely guarded secret but known to be a combination of citrus and fruit juices, herbs, spices, and other elements. While the exact components remain a mystery, the prominent flavors of vanilla, citrus, and aromatic herbs shine through. When combined with the earthy tones of chocolate and the kick of chili, the result is a symphony of flavors that sing together in harmonious delight.

Why the Fusion Works

Mexican hot chocolate’s spicy undertones contrast beautifully with the sweet and aromatic notes of Licor 43. This marriage brings forward an interplay between the warmth of the spices, the depth of the chocolate, and the multifaceted notes of the licor. Not only does it create a rich, flavorful drink, but it also offers an experience, a journey through the tapestry of ingredients that both beverages provide.

Elevate your next cup of Mexican hot chocolate with a splash of Licor 43. It’s more than just a drink; it’s a bridge between the old and the new, between tradition and innovation.  It is delicious!

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