Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Indulge me for a minute… no, actually indulge YOURSELF. Red Wine Hot Chocolate is a thing, and it is delicious!

We are on the other side of a winter storm which brought snow followed by freezing rain and then single digit temperatures, and I can’t think of a better drink to warm up with after navigating the frozen tundra that is currently Massachusetts.

The ingredient list is short, it comes together quickly, and the combination of red wine and chocolate is – unsurprisingly – quite good (the smooth acidity of the wine keeps the hot chocolate from being too cloyingly sweet). You could certainly simply add wine to instant hot cocoa, but making it from scratch yields a cup of unrivaled rich chocolatey goodness.

I’ll just be over here cuddled up with a mug of this blissful beverage until winter is over.

 

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3-5 minutes

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 cup milk, preferably organic (I used 1%)
  • 1/3 cup good quality dark chocolate (chips or finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup good quality dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup, optional

Instructions

Combine the milk and chocolate in a heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium heat. Slowly heat the mixture, whisking often, until the chocolate has fully melted into the milk. Add in the red wine and stir until heated through. Taste and add maple syrup for additional sweetness, if desired.

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Blueberry Dragon Fruit Frosé (frozen wine slushie)

Although as a kid I always chose ice cream over slushies, and as an adult I always choose margaritas on the rocks over the frozen variety, I’m currently crushing hard on wine slushies. A boozy fruity treat that cools you off and is super fun to drink… what’s not to love?!

I started off with my current favorite rosé wine, which is dry (I’m not a fan of sweet wines) and moderately priced. Feel free to use whatever rosé you prefer.

To the chilled wine, I added some frozen blueberries and a couple of these frozen pitaya dragon fruit packs. If you’ve never heard about, seen, or tried dragon fruit, let this recipe be your reason to do so! Naturally a vibrant hot pink color, and delicious without being cloyingly sweet, dragon fruit is a great addition to smoothies, and – as it turns out – wine slushies.

Blend up the three ingredients, and you’re rewarded with this gorgeous beverage:

Happy unofficial start to summer!

 

 

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Blueberry Dragon Fruit Frosé (frozen wine slushie)

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 cups dry rosé wine, chilled
  • 2 (3.5 oz) packs frozen dragon fruit (pitaya) puree, preferably organic
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries, preferably organic

Instructions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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