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Thirsty Thursday: Red Wine Hot Cocoa

The weather in Los Angeles has been crazy…we have had so much rain this year that we are officially out of the drought-yay!  The best way to cure the rainy day blues is to curl up under a blanket with a hot cup of cocoa, but not just some ordinary cocoa…red wine hot cocoa!  This is a recipe I’ll be making not just for rainy days in the future!

 

5 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 quart (4 cups) whole milk

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups fruity red wine, such as Merlot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel

Cinnamon sticks and additional cocoa powder, for serving (optional)

Red Wine Hot Cocoa Ingredients

Red Wine Hot Cocoa Ingredients

Whisk the chocolate, cocoa powder, and cinnamon together in a large saucepan

Add the milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until hot and smooth, about 5 minutes

Stir in the salt

Remove from the heat and add the wine

Optional step:  Pour hot cocoa through sieve to catch any powder that did not mix thoroughly when whisked

Divide among 8 small glasses or mugs, garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired, and serve

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Red Wine Hot Cocoa
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
  2. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 1 1/2 cups fruity red wine, such as Merlot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel
  7. Cinnamon sticks and additional cocoa powder, for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk the chocolate, cocoa powder, and cinnamon together in a large saucepan
  2. Add the milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until hot and smooth, about 5 minutes
  3. Stir in the salt
  4. Remove from the heat and add the wine
  5. Optional step: Pour hot cocoa through sieve to catch any powder that did not mix thoroughly when whisked
  6. Divide among 8 small glasses or mugs, garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired, and serve
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