As the festive season approaches, there’s an undeniable allure in creating unique and memorable experiences for friends and family. While the traditional mulled wine and hot cocoa have long been winter staples, a delightful fusion of both has emerged as a surprising and decadent holiday treat – Red Wine Hot Chocolate.
Let us craft this enchanting concoction that not only warms the soul but elevates the Christmas spirit to new heights…
The concept of blending red wine with chocolate may seem unconventional, but the roots of this enticing beverage trace back to European traditions. Over time, this concept has evolved into various delightful renditions, with each culture adding its own touch.
The best part? If you are not a big fan of wine, you can still get really drunk because it mostly tastes like chocolate (of course!).
Creating the perfect Red Wine Hot Chocolate requires a careful selection of ingredients to balance the robust flavors of red wine with the velvety richness of chocolate. Here’s what you’ll need:
Begin by gently heating the red wine in a saucepan over low heat. Be cautious not to let it boil, as this can alter the wine’s flavors.
In a separate saucepan, melt the dark chocolate over low heat, stirring continuously to ensure a smooth consistency. Gradually combine the melted chocolate with the warmed red wine, stirring until well incorporated. Pour in the whole milk, adjusting the quantity based on your desired level of creaminess. Add sugar to taste (keeping in mind that the dark chocolate already contributes some sweetness).
A dash of vanilla extract adds a subtle complexity to the flavor profile. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
Ladle the Red Wine Hot Chocolate into Lucaris Crystal Classic Barware Rock glass or Classic Barware Hi-Ball and serve it warm, garnishing with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or a cinnamon stick for an extra festive touch.
Also, no garnish for this one – the regular whipped cream, or marshmallows – because this delight is not a regular one!
Note: If you don’t prefer that dry feel on your tongue or want something sweeter, do not hesitate to go for fruit wines.
Though there are different types of wine glasses available, a rock glass or a hi-ball glass will better justify the warmth of hot chocolate. Remember that the right choice of glassware plays a pivotal role in enhancing the overall experience as this red wine hot chocolate is not just drinking but indulging in a moment of luxury.
Cheers to creating lasting memories with Lucaris Crystal!