We shouldn't be coercing you to drink until mid-December at least, but to hell with it. If you want a wintry pick-me-up (or put-me-down, as the case may be), Galvin's Darkest Hot Chocolate is the one for you.



  • 50ml Bowmore 15yo Darkest
  • 15ml cherry liqueur (ratafia or similar)
  • 10ml cinnamon syrup
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 11g Fair Trade hot chocolate
  • Ice cubes (for cold variation)


Heat milk until warm but not piping hot, stir in hot chocolate and mix well. Add remaining of ingredients and combine slowly. Transfer liquid into your favourite mug, garnish with a cinnamon stick a little cocoa power and enjoy.

To make Bowmore Cold Chocolate, follow the instructions above and leave liquid to chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Pour into a chilled glass and serve over ice with cinnamon sticks and cocoa powder to finish.