Do you hate deciding between an after dinner drink or dessert? Why not have both! Sinful Hot Cocoa is made with dark chocolate and red wine. We think this cocktail is perfect to serve after dinner during the cold winter months or even chilled on ice over the hot summer months.
History and Background
We aren’t sure exactly when the first red wine hot chocolate was made, but we do know that hot chocolate was believed to be created by the Maya around 2,000 years ago. A cocoa beverage was part of the Aztec culture by 1400 AD. Later on the beverage became very popular in Europe after being brought over from Mexico, during this time chocolate was very expensive since cocoa beans were only being grown in South America. It has gone through many changes since that time. It was even being used medicinally until the 19th century to treat things such as liver and stomach diseases.
Today hot chocolate is served around the world in many different forms, such as cioccolata densa served in Italy which is a very thick rich hot chocolate much different than the one we are used to in the United States. Adding red wine seemed like good idea obviously, because wine goes with everything. We decided to use a fruity red wine to add a little fun to it. Both merlot and zinfandel will work, but we decided on cabernet sauvignon. We also decided on a dark chocolate, so it wouldn’t be too sweet.
½ cup whole milk
1 cup red wine (we used Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
Cinnamon to taste
Whipped cream (we made our own – see recipe below)
Garnish – orange twist, cinnamon stick, ground cinnamon
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine whole milk and chocolate chips. Whisking constantly until chocolate is melted into milk and you have a thick and creamy chocolate milk. Pour in red wine and heat until everything is hot. Pour into 2 mugs or 6-8 smaller glasses. Stir with cinnamon stick. Top with whip cream, and then garnish with cinnamon stick, orange twist and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
If you want to make your own whipped cream, combine 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel and 2 teaspoon fresh orange juice in a medium bowl.
Contributed by S. Fish & L. Peters