Hot Chocolate with a Wine Twist

The temperature in Houston has finally dropped after nearly eight months of humidity! It almost feels like home (California) with this 60 degree weather. This weekend, we’re supposedly in for a storm (as of 12:30 p.m. it hasn’t hit yet), so you know what that means?! Yes, indoor activities only because nobody wants to be out in the rain, especially in Houston! This is “snuggle up on the couch and watch movies” type of weather. Which I am definitely here for because it gives me more time to work on my blog!

Well, nothing says “baby it’s cold outside” more than a cup of hot chocolate. Honestly, I haven’t had hot chocolate since I was a little kid. My friend recently sent me a recipe for hot chocolate with wine from Daily Mail, which definitely caught my attention. You know I’m always down to try anything with wine! So last night before the storm hit Houston, we decided to try out the recipe. Here is how you make this hot chocolate with a wine twist:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Marshmallows for toppings

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add condensed milk, wine, and whole milk to the dry ingredients.
  3. In a larget pot, heat over the stove on medium high (constantly stirring) until you start to see the steam coming off.

Be sure not to let it boil. Pour into your favorite mug.

As an option you top with marshmallows, and shaved chocolate!

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The finished product!

This recipe is super easy to follow and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. For the red wine, I used a mini Bota Box of Cabernet Sauvignon. I didn’t want to open a full bottle of wine, but feel free to use whatever red you have open or like.

Now let’s get to the fun part! Let me start off by saying this hot chocolate smells so amazing! The warm cinnamon aroma just jumps out the pot. Now, I topped my mug with LOTS of marshmallows and let the heat melt them a little before taking my first sip. The gooeyness from the marshmallows with each sip of the hot chocolate was pure heaven. It reminded me of my favorite childhood adulthood cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Mmm, just thinking about it brings hearts to my eyes. So, what about the wine? Unfortunately, I could not taste the red wine. I just tasted the chocolate and cinnamon flavors. I wondered if I should add more wine, but was a little hesitant because I didn’t want to mess up any of the flavors. However, I did get a chance to taste the Bota Mini Cabernet Sauvignon separately and found it to be very good on its own (blog post coming soon).

I also have to note that halfway through drinking the hot chocolate, the consistency changed and I started to get chunks of chocolate that were too rich for me. My friend had clumps of chocolate in hers as well. Not sure why that was the case. I swear I did a good job of stirring the pot ;) That’s just something to be mindful of when you follow this recipe. Overall, I really enjoyed this adult version of hot chocolate. I just need to figure out how to incorporate more of the wine flavor.

Let me know if you try this recipe or know of any other recipes for warm drinks that incorporate wine. I’d love to try them. Until next time…

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