This is the drink to have tonight for New Years, especially if you live in an area (like Idaho) where the temperatures are in the single digits. Red wine hot chocolate is absolutely amazing! The perfect combination of wine and dark chocolate for a festive beverage. It’s a game changer when it comes to hot alcoholic beverages. I foresee this being my go-to drink for the rest of the winter season.
I don’t drink hot chocolate on a regular basis because it has too much sugar, and I don’t want the artificial sweeteners in the sugar-free packets. And I feel that, as an adult, I need more than Swiss Miss….. But this hot chocolate creation is perfect to consume on a regular basis.
Inspiration for red wine hot chocolate comes from one our local Idaho winery’s Instagram account. I saw Coiled’s Instagram post on red wine hot chocolate a few weeks ago and knew I had to give it a try, even though I’m not a fan of chocolate red wine. Clarification, I’m not a fan of chocolate-flavored wine. I adore the combination of dark chocolate and wine.
But have you ever tried chocolate-flavored red wine? It’s awful, or at least the one I tried was terrible. A few years ago I bought a bottle for Valentine’s Day and think it was one of the worst wines I have ever tried. Neither Kris or I liked it, and I’m pretty sure we ended up dumping it out. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the brand of the chocolate wine, or perhaps that’s a good thing that I don’t remember…. In any case, I have no interest in ever purchasing or trying chocolate-flavored red wine again.
But red wine hot chocolate intrigued me. Real hot chocolate with wine, now that’s something I can get behind. And I love it! You must try this! Because it’s incredible! And it only has three ingredients and takes about five minutes to make. Four ingredients if you count the whipped cream, which I highly suggest you generously pile on top to make this hot chocolate even more amazing. All you’ll need is a bottle of red wine, a cabernet or merlot works (or Coiled Wines Translations Winter Banter), whole milk, dark chocolate, and heavy whipping cream. Red wine and chocolate bliss in minutes! Happy New Year!!!
- 1½ cups of whole milk
- ⅓ cup (2.5-3 oz) of at least 70% dark chocolate (I like closer to 3oz)
- 1 cup of red wine
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
- In a small sauce pan, heat milk and chocolate over low-medium heat until chocolate melts. Stir occasionally to mix chocolate and milk. Do not boil.
- Once chocolate has melted, add in wine and stir to incorporate.
- Reduce heat to low and let the red wine hot chocolate reheat.
- While red wine hot chocolate is warming, place heavy whipping cream in an electric mixer with the whip attachment (or use a bowl with a handheld mixer). Beat heavy whipping cream on high until stiff peaks form, about 1-2 minutes).
- To serve, divide red wine hot chocolate between two mugs and top with whipped cream.