Signature
Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Wine • Sweet
Red Wine-Spiked Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Red wine and hot chocolate—why didn’t we think of this sooner? Rather than just pouring a bottle of Merlot into some powdered hot chocolate and hitting “start” on the microwave, we took the cozy cocktail to the next level with homemade hot chocolate and an insanely indulgent red velvet cake topping—cream cheese whipped cream included. While this drink is perfect for Valentine’s Day, it’s also great anytime you want to get together with your two BFFs: red wine and chocolate.

The Essentials

milk
Red Wine
chocolate
The Details
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Ingredients

1 Cup milk
1/3 Cup fruity red wine, like Merlot or Shiraz
45 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
15 g chocolate
.5 tsp vanilla
.5 tsp red food coloring
pinch of salt
cream cheese whipped cream
red velvet cake

Method

  • In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium-high heat until hot and steaming but not boiling.
  • Reduce heat to low and whisk in wine, salt and chocolate until melted and warm, stirring constantly so that the chocolate doesn’t burn.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in vanilla extract and red food coloring.
  • Pour into a mug and top with a dollop of cream cheese whipped cream, or pipe it on for a more delicate swirl. Sprinkle with red velvet cake crumbs, if desired.
intermediate
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Ingredients

.25 Cup heavy cream
4 oz cream cheese
.5 Cup sugar
pinch of salt
.5 tsp vanilla

Method

  • Chill a metal bowl and a whisk in freezer for a few minutes. When chilled, pour the cream into the bowl and whip until peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar, salt and vanilla until creamy. Fold the  whipped cream into the cream cheese mix until fully combined and fluffy. Refrigerate until ready to use.