Red wine to ease away the stress and tension from a day filled with kids, husbands, work, traffic, housework, bills, etc., then hot cocoa laced with more read wine to pave the way to bedtime? Sounds too good to be true, but Scary Mommy says it’s so, so I believe!
Now, if you can keep yourself from chugging the entire bottle down you wino 😉 here is how you make your Bedtime Red Wine Hot Cocoa:
In a small saucepan combine:
- 3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1/8th tsp salt
According to http://www.scarymommy.com, you are to, “Mix that shit together.” Then stir in:
- 2 to 3 TBLS milk
- 1/4 Cup + a few more TBLS “to taste”
- 1 tsp vanilla (if desired)
- 1 cinnamon stick (if desired)
I like my wines to be hearty in body and bold in taste, so I use a Zinfandel, Meritage, Red Blend, Red Table Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Petite Syrah. Simmer until just warm. You don’t want to cook off the alcohol! I like to add a tsp of vanilla and a cinnamon stick to the pan while it’s simmering. Top with some whipped cream and shaved chocolate if you’re feeling fancy.
Here’s another way to make it that’s even more decadent:
- 3 Cups Dark Chocolate Chunks
- 1+ ½ Cups Milk (Substitute Half & Half or Cream if desired)
- 1 Cup Red Wine
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 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 and top with whipped cream.
You can also add in marshmallows, sprinkle more cocoa powder or cinnamon on top. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, how much you love wine, and/or how bad your day was.
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