Who would’ve thought to combine red wine and hot chocolate? I mean now that I think about it, wine has been paired with chocolate for centuries so this isn’t exactly groundbreaking. But for the sake of the holidays, let’s just pretend I blew your minds, mmkay? Great! Truthfully I can’t stand chocolate and I’ve only just started drinking red wine mid-last year. But this combination is going to become your new winter hot toddy.
For me, the ideal combo yields a thick, sipping chocolate with a slightly brick-red hue. Its richness allows the fruity aromas and flavors that red wine and chocolate share to come bursting through. But keep in mind, a little bit of this concoction goes a long way. Consider pouring into espresso cups for intimate parties. You'll razzle-dazzle guests with an interesting concoction that's sure to be the talk of the night.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
2 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. sugar
Pinch kosher salt
6 c. whole milk
1 bottle red wine
Toasted marshmallows, for serving
Chocolate shavings, for serving
Combine chocolate chips, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, milk and wine in a slow cooker. Cook on high for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
Ladle cocoa into mugs and top with toasted marshmallows and chocolate shavings.
Stovetop Directions: Over medium heat, melt chocolate in a large saucepan and pour in milk and cocoa powder, whisking until combined and creamy. Add in red wine and heat through. Turn off and serve in two small teacups, one large mug if you're up for a rich drink, or tasting cups for a party. Get creative: stir with a candy cane or cinnamon stick, or crush a few mint leaves on top
NOTES: Use sweetened cocoa powder, not unsweetened. Trust me. I originally tried this with unsweetened baking cocoa powder and it was a disaster. I had to dilute it with water, add three large scoops of sugar and then needed more milk to smooth it out.