Wine Hot Chocolate

It’s November 1st, which means if you listen carefully, you can hear the distant jingling of sleigh bells.

It’s here.

Christmas season.

Michael and I were so excited for it to come that we didn’t even wait for Halloween to be over before we put up our decorations. So yes, we did watch Hocus Pocus next to a fully decorated Christmas tree.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate - The Kitchen Gent

I have no regrets.

Normally at this time of year, everything is freezing and people that wore skimpy costumes for Halloween have them covered up with coats so you just see a bunch of bundled up people wandering around wearing bunny ears and masquerade masks. It’s like what I imagine an Eskimo party would look like, without the cool igloo party house. But this year, global warming did us a solid and gave us 70-80 degree weather all week. Which is super cool, except that it’s hard to justify eating, drinking, and celebrating all things fall when you’re also wearing a t-shirt and shorts to go out. It’s even weirder now that I have a Christmas tree to sit by while I sip…iced tea.

It just doesn’t make sense.

So I decided not to let the warm weather keep me from my fall beverage needs. Once I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it no matter what the weather was. Few things on the Internet make me audibly yell out a “YAAAAAAAAAAAS” when I scroll by them, but this recipe sounded so rich and decadent and perfectly me. It’s a keeper, for sure.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate - The Kitchen Gent

Red Wine Hot Chocolate - The Kitchen Gent

Make sure you read the notes below the recipe for tips on how to customize it. Hot chocolate, like s’mores, is such an easy thing to make unique. And this is so easy to make, that you can make it over and over again with new variations each time without it ever getting old! One warning before you start: make sure you’re done with your responsibilities for the day before you make this. The combination of wine, chocolate, and warm milk, when paired with a cozy atmosphere complete with a blanket and fireplace, could honestly put sleeping pill companies out of business. Enjoy!

Red Wine Hot Chocolate - The Kitchen Gent

Red Wine Hot Chocolate - The Kitchen Gent

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Cozy up this winter with this spiked hot chocolate that warms you from the inside out!
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups milk (anything from skim to heavy cream, depending on how thick you like your hot chocolate)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 cup red wine


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate into the milk, stirring often. When they are combined, take the pot off of the heat and stir in the red wine until heated through, putting back on the burner on low heat if necessary. Serve it up in mugs and enjoy!


  • Recipe originally found here.
  • This is a really rich drink, and can get kind of thick, so make sure you have someone to share it with!
  • I've also made this with cinnamon to make a Mexican hot chocolate variety, and it was amazing! Feel free to add anything you normally would to hot chocolate that you think would pair well with the wine (marshmallows, cream, etc.)

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