Have you ever wanted to combine the warm sophistication of a mug of mulled wine with the cheerful sweetness of a cup of hot cocoa? Now you can. Recipes for red wine hot chocolate are popping up all over the internet, making bellies full and spirits bright.
The internet has been abuzz with recipes for this innovative mashup drink, from Martha Stewart to Cosmopolitan. The New York Times even acknowledged this Pinterest-friendly trend as a cold weather phenomenon.
Genius ideas are usually fairly simple, and this one genuinely is. There are multiple recipes out there for red wine hot chocolate, but they all basically boil down to a few easy steps: Make hot chocolate, pour in red wine, add the toppings of your choice, take a picture for social media, and enjoy.
The New York Times suggests starting with a good dark hot chocolate, like Jacques Torres, that will mix better with red wine than your standard powdered mix. Also, heat the wine and hot cocoa separately before mixing.
The Daily Meal recommended wine as a boozy additive to your Swiss Miss years ago, so you’re welcome.