Few people would argue that chocolate and wine make a great pair. In this quick recipe they go from casually dating (appearing on the same table together) to full-on making out in a very hot and steamy way. I experimented with a few different red wine and hot chocolate combos (tough work, I know) and finally stumbled upon the right mix. A bold cabernet sauvignon, extra dark chocolate and a touch of sugar create the perfect warm winter sipper. Cheers!
Makes 4 cups
- 2 cups 2-percent milk
- 2 ounces 85-percent dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 cup red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon
- pinch kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons raw sugar, plus more as needed
1. Heat milk and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low. Stir until chocolate is melted and well incorporated. Add wine, salt and vanilla extract and bring to a gentle simmer. Add sugar and stir until dissolved; add additional sugar to taste if needed. Pour into cups and serve immediately.
SWWU Tip: The wine you choose will have a big impact on the flavor of this drink. Taste this one a lot as it’s coming together and adjust the amount of milk and sugar you use until you find something that works with your particular blend. Play around and have fun—it’s worth it!