The darker days of the year has us all looking forward to cozying up with a mug-o-something warm. Chai...mulled wine...pumpkin Spice Lattes--we all have our favorite sippable, comfort drink coping mechanisms. I alternate between red wine and hot chocolate. A glass of rich Syrah by a fire calms and soothes. And,a few ounces of semi-sweet chocolate melted into a cup of steamy whole milk (talk about indulgence) is winter heaven.
So imagine my delight last week when I spotted a post on Yeah...Imma Eat That about mixing the two together! Red. Wine. Hot. Chocolate. Right?!
The "Imma" blogger didn't invent this mashup made in nirvana, but after she posted the recipe--a super easy mixture of chocolate chips melted in a small saucepan with milk and red wine--the internet went nuts over the idea and declared it the hottest beverage since late summer's Banana Milk Coffee.
In my quest to perfect my own recipe, I found one that called for water and salt, which sounds intriguing, but I didn't like it--and, it was too thin.
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 or these fun, ridged disposable tasting cups for your holiday parties. You'll razzle-dazzle guests with a demitasse delight that's sure to be the talk of the night.
How to Make Red Wine Hot Chocolate
3/4 cup milk (2 percent or whole, for a real indulgence)
1/2 cup red wine (light and fruity, like pinot noir or Beaujolais)
1/4 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
Over medium heat, melt chocolate in a small saucepan and pour in milk, 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. Want to impress a crowd? Top with these homemade marshmallows. Want to take it to the next level? Serve alongside s'mores made with this homemade graham cracker recipe.
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