Happy New Year, everyone!
Yesterday brought frigid temperatures to New York City. At one point in the afternoon I made a four-block walk to the drugstore, completely bundled up, and by the time I got home my nose and my toes were frozen solid. I thought briefly of the revelers in Times Square, many of whom had begun lining up early that day, and wondered why anyone would choose to ring in the new year with a case of frostbite.
So, needless to say, I was not “out and about” on New Year’s Eve. Instead I made a pot of homemade vegetable soup, then cuddled up with a cozy blanket. I enjoyed the Times Square television coverage from the comfort of my couch, and rung in 2018 with a mug of red wine hot chocolate.
This boozy recipe is rich, creamy, and decadent–the perfect treat for ringing in the new year, or for warming up on a cold winter day! And, since we’re likely to face (too) many of those days over the next few months, I feel like I’ll be making red wine hot chocolate a LOT.
This recipe will make two average-size mugs of cocoa. However, this drink is very rich–feel free to use teacups or espresso cups for more (but smaller) portions. To decrease the richness of the cocoa, additional milk may be added as well.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate Variations
This recipe is very easy to make vegan-friendly. Just sub in soy, almond, or coconut milk, and make sure you’re using a dark chocolate which is dairy-free.
Try milk chocolate! Or, use white chocolate for a delicious pink treat that would work perfectly for Valentine’s Day!
I made my hot chocolate with a Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. However, any number of red wines would work nicely. Feel free to experiment. Note that you might need to adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe, depending on the sweetness of your red wine.
Grand Aroma dark chocolate from Santa Barbara Chocolate was quite tasty in this recipe. You could also try something like Guittard or Valrhona. Better-quality chocolate will make all the difference here, although grocery store chocolate chips will also work in a pinch.
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