Open up one too many bottles of red at a dinner party? This red wine hot chocolate — your childhood favorite, all grown up — is one of our favorite ways to use up the dregs of the bottles before it goes bad. Half-and-half lends a luxurious texture, while semi-sweet chocolate keeps the sugar in check.
Pennsylvania is establishing itself as a legitimate wine-growing region, there are so many vineyards here that are making great wines which should be added to your wine shelf, cellar and/or fridge ASAP! This recipe works best with a dry red; we suggest The Red Standard from Chaddsford Winery, Rowen Asher Winery‘s Misty Love Cabernet or Starr Hill Winery‘s Cab Sauvignon.
PA Red Wine Hot Chocolate
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- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- 3/4 cup dry red wine
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Pinch salt
- Combine milk, half-and-half, wine, chocolate, and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat mixture through, stirring constantly, 4-5 minutes. But remove from heat before liquid starts to simmer.
- Stir in salt, and serve.
Recipe can also be scaled up and made in a slow-cooker, keeping warm until ready to serve.
- Recipe and photo: Dish Works