Hot Chocolate Recipes

I came across a recipe for hot chocolate and red wine – combined – while looking for a variety in hot chocolate recipes. Dark chocolate and red wine. Together. I had to try it immediately. All you need is milk, a dark chocolate candy bar or chips, and red wine. Add whipping cream to the list if you want whipped cream. If you don’t happen to have dark chocolate in the house you can substitute any hot chocolate you do have. A few curls of chocolate or a sprinkling of spice at the end adds to the decadence.

A note to On The Fire listeners – I’ve added the vanilla to the recipe. That little extra flavor makes a difference.

Another Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
4 cups milk (cow, goat, almond, whatever you like)
1 tsp vanilla

Bring the cocoa, sugar and water to a boil, stirring continually. Carefully mix in the milk, continuing to stir. Continue to heat until the milk is hot but not boiling, remove from heat, and then stir in the vanilla.

I enjoy a glass of wine before dinner if I’m still writing. On the coldest days of winter I’ll switch to Dark Red Hot Chocolate. Take note of the garnishing in the recipe, and if you have suggestions of your own, please leave them in the comments.

With these hot chocolate recipes there’s a nice way to unwind at the end of the day before turning in for a long winter night’s nap. Enjoy!

Hot Chocolate Recipes - Dark Chocolate & Red Wine

Course Drinks
Cuisine Beverages
Author Robin Follette


  • 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


  • 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.