Move over gin and tonic – there is a new perfect drinks combination that will warm the hearts of all this holiday season.
Thanks to some ingenious chefs who decided to experiment with combinations of their, and our, favourite beverages – wine and hot chocolate – the internet has now been blessed with recipes for red wine-laced hot chocolate.
A food blogger recently shared her recipe for boozy hot chocolate recipe, which she came up with after pondering: “you can eat chocolate with wine, so why not put chocolate in wine?” – and the internet response has been overwhelmingly positive
This red wine hot chocolate is gloriously rich and boozy, but still wonderfully balanced. It has enough chocolate in it so that folks who aren’t big wine fans (hello, me) will still love it. It doesn’t taste like wine, it just tastes like a rich, warm, fruity (and, ahem, alcoholic) hot chocolate. Of course, you can highly impact the flavor of your mug of cocoa by changing what kind of wine you use. For a sweeter, fruitier end result, use a fruit wine (like a raspberry or strawberry wine). If you want something drier, use a merlot, shiraz or cabernet sauvignon. Unlike regular hot cocoa, I don’t think this hot cocktail needs any sort of garnish—no whipped cream or marshmallows here. It is gloriously rich all on its own.
The food blog Wholefully has also shared its own recipe for red wine-spiked hot chocolate, which they described as “gloriously rich and boozy, but still wonderfully balanced.” The recipe, which only calls for a bit of wine – ⅔ cups – “doesn’t taste like wine, it just tastes like a rich, warm, fruity (and ahem, alcoholic) hot chocolate.”
And if you are feeling adventurous, some Twitter users have shared their own unique spins on the new holiday beverage – with one even turning the boozy concoction into cupcakes – and they all sound delicious.