White Chocolate Steamers

White Chocolate Steamers

Merry Christmas Eve!

My shopping is finally done, everything is wrapped, and I’m ready to relax and enjoy some holiday cheer. I kicked off the holiday celebrations yesterday at my grandparents’ and tonight my mom hosting a Christmas Eve feast, which will feature a lot of seafood… a modified Italian seven fishes dinner. No holiday celebration is complete without a fun, festive drink, right?! Yesterday my grandma was serving her famous cranberry ginger ale, raspberry rum and triple sec mixer (huge YUM), and tonight we’ll be mixing up these fabulous spiked white hot chocolate drinks. My aunt and her girlfriends had these at a local restaurant and loved them so much that they asked the bartender for the recipe. He was nice enough to share it with them, and a few weeks ago she shared it with me. I was immediately smitten and thought you would be, too.

White Chocolate Steamers

The drink is a mixture of ground white cocoa, whipped cream vodka, steamed milk, whipped cream and candy canes. Totally festive… and utterly spectacular. The bartender told my aunt that they use Ghiradelli Sweet Ground White Chocolate Powder, so she ordered a container online and then shared some with me so I could give the drinks a whirl. You can find the whipped cream vodka at most liquor stores; this is the type that I bought:

Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka

If your family likes to enjoy spiked beverages at the holidays, this would be a perfect one for sipping while opening presents or sitting by the fire. Even if you don’t have white chocolate, it’s a great inspiration for amping up your traditional hot chocolate. Throw in a splash of your favorite liquor, some crushed candy canes for a rush of peppermint, and top with lots of whipped cream. Drinks such as these are even better next to the glow of a Christmas tree!

I wish you a wonderful, warm Christmas Eve with those you love.

(And make sure you go to bed early… Santa won’t stop if you’re still awake! ;-))

White Chocolate Steamers

One year ago: Chocolate Bourbon Balls
Two years ago: Date, Coconut & Walnut Truffles
Five years ago: Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies

White Chocolate Steamers

Yield: 4 drinks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

A recipe for white hot chocolate spiked with whipped cream vodka, infused with crushed candy canes and topped with whipped cream.


6 tablespoons Ghiradelli Sweet Ground White Chocolate
3 ounces (2 shots) whipped cream vodka
2 candy canes, crushed, plus more for garnish
24 ounces steamed (or warmed) milk
Whipped cream


1. Place 1½ tablespoons of the ground white chocolate in four 8-ounce mugs. Add ½ of a shot to each mug and stir together with the ground chocolate. Sprinkle in a quarter of the crushed candy canes and stir.

2. Slowly pour the hot milk into each mug. Top with whipped cream and more crushed candy canes, if desired.


22 Responses to “White Chocolate Steamers”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on December 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

    whipped cream vodka + Ghirardelli white chocolate mix and milk and cream – Oh I am in HEAVEN! Great score from the bartender who divulged the trade secret on this one!


  2. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Ohhhh, this drink sounds good!! I am so loving the flavors!!! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!


  3. Radhika on December 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Dear Michelle,
    Thank you for your generosity in sharing so many lovely recipes. I have been inspired by you to start blogging myself. You have also led me to many many interesting blogs!
    Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you and your family!


  4. Heather @ SugarDish(Me) on December 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I am so excited about this right now!! My family loves spiked beverages! Merry Christmas!!!


  5. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe on December 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

    OK, so maybe I have a sick mind, but I was curious enough to open this post when I saw it in my Reader feed and had to laugh when I saw what it actually was. You have no idea how REPULSED I was by the title. See, where I come from, “steamers” are clams, so the thought of White Chocolate Clams was just too much for me LOL.


  6. Eileen on December 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    This looks quite tasty. If I had the makings I’d probably have myself a nice warm toddy right now! Happy Holidays – hoping they are Merry and Bright!


  7. little kitchie on December 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    oh YES please, i’ll take one of those!!! PERFECT holiday drink.


  8. Vicki on December 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

    If you live in the Pittsburgh area, you really must visit the Pines Tavern in the Pine Richland area. Really a treat!


  9. Evelyn @ My Turn for us on December 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Whipped cream vodka:) Outstanding! I just might brave the stores to have this tonight! Pinning!

    Merry Christmas!!


  10. sara on December 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    This looks so yummy! Love the idea of whipped cream vodka…sounds really fun! 🙂


  11. annie on December 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you Michelle for a year of many wonderful recipes. Wishing you and yours a joyous and blessed Christmas. Happy eating!


  12. buttercream bakehouse on December 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I don’t like peppermint but this drink looks absolutely amazing. I want one right now!!! merry Christmas.


  13. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) on December 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Yummo! These drinks are incredible!


  14. Kathleen on December 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Yum! I didn’t have whipped cream vodka so I used vanilla vodka.


  15. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on December 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This sounds and looks so delicious! Love the candy cane accents 🙂


  16. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up on December 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I have never used whipped cream vodka before and to be honest I always thought it was kind of wierd. Now it makes sense… I could use one of these now. 🙂


  17. Dana on December 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Oh my goodness. You MUST get Grandma’s recipe for the ginger ale mixer. That sounds SO up my alley. Thanks for mentioning it again in the Friday post or I would have missed it altogether!


  18. Sandy on June 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Although I don’t like white chocolate I love drinking Hot White Chocolate. They don’t sell White Hot Chocolate Mix here so I’ll have to order and pick it up when I go on vacation next month :). Thank-you for the recipe I’ll definitely make this when it gets cool around here or whenever I want to spoil myself.


  19. Shanon on November 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    After you posted this last year, I cannot tell you how many times I made this. We drank them all winter and shared with everyone. They started this year several weeks ago. Wonderful recipe with or without the vodka. Thank you so very much for sharing it. Congrats on your family addition, can’t wait for the pics. Happy Thanksgiving.


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  22. julie on March 5, 2015 at 6:40 am

    so delicious


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