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.