RECIPE: Red Wine Hot Chocolate


Egg nog, step aside: there’s a new winter cocktail in town.

This red wine hot chocolate is not only super easy & quick to make (serves up to 8 people in just 10 minutes), but it’s sure to warm you up on a cold winter day.

Just choose your favorite red to add to the mix, and you’re set to sip.

Let’s get to creating.


  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups fruity red wine – Shiraz or Zinfandel
  • Cinnamon sticks & cocoa powder for serving


  1. Whisk cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate, and cinnamon together in a large saucepan.
  2. Add milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking until hot & smooth (5 minutes). Stir in salt.
  3. Remove from heat & add wine. Divide among glasses or mugs.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and cocoa powder

It’s that easy! Now that your spiked cocoa is ready, it’s time to lounge by the fire and enjoy it. Cheers!

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