Robin Follette’s Dark Red Hot Chocolate

Some of our hunting seasons in Maine start and end in chilly or downright frigid weather. After I climb down from the stand, walk through the woods and up the hill through deep snow and arrive back at camp, I want something warm to drink even before food. It’s too late in the day to drink coffee and sleep well. Hot chocolate is nice but after hours in the cold, an adult beverage is what I have in mind. A shot of Irish crème makes a mug of hot chocolate is delicious but I wanted something new. I stumbled onto a blog with a recipe for hot chocolate and wine. It didn’t sound good at first. Hot wine? Turns out it’s incredible.

Choose your favorite red wine and chocolate. If dark chocolate isn’t your thing you can use milk chocolate. It’s worth the few minutes it takes to make hot chocolate instead of using an instant mix but if that’s what you have on hand until you shop, use it and make it rich.

This recipe makes enough for two mugs of Dark Red Hot Chocolate. Halve or double as needed but make each mug fresh. Enjoy!

Chef Robin strikes again:

Hot Chocolate Recipes – Dark Chocolate & Red Wine
Course Drinks
Cuisine Beverages
Servings- 4
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups red wine Use your favorite
1 cup dark chocolate chopped or chips
1 tsp vanilla
pinch cinnamon or nutmeg as a topping
1/2 cup whipping cream whipped separately as a topping
Hot Chocolate Recipes – Dark Chocolate & Red Wine
Combine the milk, wine and chocolate in a double boiler. Warm until the chocolate melts, scraping the bottom of the pan often to keep the chocolate from burning. When the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and whisk briskly to make sure the chocolate is thoroughly incorporated. Stir in the vanilla.
Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream. You can add to the richness of this drink by grating a bit of chocolate on top of the cream, or dust with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Robin Follette is a full time writer and homesteader in the state of Maine. You can follow her amazing life by subscribing to her blog:      A Life in The Wild