Red Wine Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This easy recipe for red wine hot chocolate is the ultimate in holiday beverage cheer. Two great tastes that taste amazing together!


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces of dark, semi-sweet and/or milk chocolate – your choice!
  • 2 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup red wine (I like merlot for this recipe but again, your choice!)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whipped cream


  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Heat milk in a small heavy saucepan over medium high heat until it comes to a simmer.
  3. Whisk in sugar, vanilla and chocolate. Continue whisking until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in red wine and divide among two small mugs or 4 to 6 shot glasses.
  5. Add a cinnamon stick to each serving if you like, and/or a tablespoon or two of whipped cream and enjoy!