Red Wine Hot Chocolate
The ultimate holiday drink, this red wine hot chocolate is rich and decadent. It’s topped with homemade marshmallows and a sprinkle of cacao powder.
Sometimes the universe works in lovely ways. After filming my video for how to make homemade marshmallows, I was left with a crazy amount of marshmallows. To make filming easier (because marshmallows need to set overnight) I made two batches – one the night before filming and one on camera. That way, I could do the whole “voila!” thing and film in one go. Fabulous, right? Well, except for the fact that I had about 60 marshmallows and was scratching my head for things to do with them (clearly, eating them all wasn’t a smart option).
But the following day I stumbled on this article from TheKitchn about red wine hot chocolate. Say, what? How had I never heard of this trend and let’s be honest, absolutely spectacular idea? Red wine and chocolate….it’s brilliant. And even more brilliant? Topping said red wine hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. And maybe a dusting of cacao.
Years ago when I traveled South Africa (a big wine region) with my mom, we did a port and chocolate tasting. We got little shot glass-sized samples of aged port wines along with chocolates of different cacao percentages. The idea was to figure out which port paired better with which chocolate. A 10 year aged? 20 year aged? You get the idea. But I’m such a lightweight that after the first two or three samples everything tasted the same, so I just drank wine, ate chocolate and became quite happy (and quite inebriated).
But my point with all that is wine and chocolate are a perfect pair. I actually debated doing this recipe with port (which I love), but port on it’s own is so sweet. And combined with the chocolate as a drink, I was concerned it would actually be too rich. In hindsight, it would probably work if you’re serving up mini 3-ounce portions. Sweet, but delish!
For this recipe (which is probably more appropriate for holiday parties) I opted for a fruity cabernet along with a moderately dark (62%) dark chocolate. I also used dairy milk, but I think it would come out just as fab with my creamy cashew milk (or other nut milk/coconut milk) for a dairy-free option. I have yet to try that, but if you guys do, let me know how it turns out.
The great thing about this red wine hot chocolate is that it comes together easily. Just bring your milk to a simmer, add some good quality chocolate and whisk together until creamy. Then pour in some wine and a splash of vanilla. If you’re adding homemade marshmallows just make sure to make them the night before. Or, you could add a dollop of coconut whipped cream. And for the ultimate party presentation, sprinkle some cacao or chocolate curls on top.
- Heat the milk in a pot on medium heat until it's simmering. Add the chocolate chunks and stir until smooth.
- Turn off the heat and add the red wine and vanilla extract. Stir together.
- Pour into individual cups and top with marshmallows and a sprinkle of cacao powder.
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