Bedtime Red Wine Hot Cocoa

red-wine-cocoaRed 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, 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

red-wine-hot-chocolate-5In 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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Chocolate Red Wine Cake + Cupcake Wine = Yum!

Tonight I’m showing some dessert love.

What’s better than a deep dark chocolate cake?

A deep dark chocolate cake that has red wine in it!  Word of caution: this cake isn’t for kids.  Some of the alcohol remains after baking.

chocredwineloafcakeDeep Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cake

8 TBLS (1 Stick) Room Temp Butter   3/4 Cup Brown Sugar     1/4 Cup Bakers Sugar     2 Eggs (At Room Temp)   2 tsp Vanilla   3/4 Cup Dark ChocolateRouge Wine   1 Cup Flour (Can add up to 1/4 Cup more as needed)   1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder   1/2 tsp Baking Powder     1/4 tsp Cinnamon

In a bowl combine 1 cup of the flour with the dry ingredients; in the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugars, add the eggs one at a time (scrape the bowl between additions), gradually add in the wine and vanilla.  Stir in the dry ingredients (if the batter is too wet add a bit of the extra flour), spoon into a loaf pan, greased with solid coconut oil or coconut oil spray, and bake @350 for 60 minutes.

Let cool 5 minutes in pan then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.  Serve with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a rich scoop of vanilla ice cream and a glass of the decadent wine below.

redvelvet-_x550Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet

I discovered this wine over the weekend shopping at my local Albertson’s that was having a 30% off wine special.  I get adventurous when I’m not paying full price, and at $6.98 a bottle I was adventurous enough to buy two bottles.

Cupcake Vineyards is not a wine I generally buy, having tasted a few different blends and found them to be too sweet.  Happily, this was not the case at all with this Red Blend of Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Merlot.  Their description perfectly describes this creamy, smooth finishing wine:  Aromas of chocolate, deep dark blackberries and luscious red fruits that finish with a hint of coconut and creamy mocha that shows unmistakable intensity and length.

I couldn’t agree more!

A glass of Cupcake Red Velvet alongside this decadent chocolate cake would be the perfect way to finish after a great steak dinner!  I guess I’ve figured out Saturday’s menu. 😉

UPDATE:  We loved the Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet wine so much that I went back yesterday, while the sale is still on at Albertson’s, and bought another 6 bottles to put in the wine closet for a nice “every night” glass choice.

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