Hot Chocolate with Red Wine

Ever since I saw this recipe on SAVEUR website I was eager to give this a try. What attracted me the most was the idea to combine hot chocolate with red wine. What a brilliant idea and I never thought of it before. Who doesn’t love to delight with a cup of hot chocolate during the cold season? Or a hot wine? To combine these two is amazing.

Even though, I didn’t follow SAVEUR’s recipe. I did my own version, using good quality cocoa powder instead of chocolate and used no water during the boiling process. The reason I used cocoa powder is not only that it tastes delicious in this way too, but in the same time I avoided fat and calories which are contained in chocolate. I almost saved about 300 calories per serving using cocoa powder instead of bittersweet chocolate.
Even if this hot chocolate with wine is low fat and has far fewer calories it doesn’t loose any of its delicious qualities, it is still creamy and smooth and just perfect to be served. The combination with red wine makes it a true delight. Hope you will give this a try.

Hot Chocolate with Red Wine pouring in a cup


Hot Chocolate with Red Wine

Hot Chocolate with Red Wine

5 from 1 vote
Creamy and smooth hot chocolate made using cocoa powder instead of chocolate to reduce calories. The combination with red wine makes it a true delight.
Servings 2 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 3 tsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch of salt


  • Bring wine to a simmer over low heat . ** Heating the wine first is optional, do that only if you want to reduce the alcohol level.  If not, simply add the wine over the cocoa and milk mixture, and bring everything to a boil.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl combine cocoa powder with sugar and salt. Add 2 or 3 tbsp of milk and stir well to combine.  Add the rest of the milk, stir well and add over the wine. Bring to a boil while whisking from time to time. 
  • Pour into your serving cups and serve.Β 



Serving: 1gCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 14.9gProtein: 4.1gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 10mgSugar: 14.8g
Calories: 118kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate and wine, chocolate wine drink, cocoa and red wine drink, hot chocolate, red wine hot chocolate

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  1. Kankana Author says:

    oh my, with wine! That would be my drink tonight πŸ˜‰

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    I’m definitely going to test it out. SUPER curious right now… have to wait till kids go sleep. I might get too drunk (I’m a lightweight with alcohol) with “hot chocolate”.

  3. I would never have thought of this combination, either, but it sounds yummy! What a delicious way to relax on a chilly night πŸ™‚

  4. Rosa Author says:

    Divine! I love the addition of red wine. Very original.



  5. Gourmantine Author says:

    Chocolate and wine? Oh, yes pleeeeaaaase πŸ™‚

  6. cakewhiz Author says:

    what a unique idea!
    and your pictures look lovely… i especially like the first one πŸ™‚

  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction Author says:

    what a unique recipe idea for hot chocolate! I have never thought to add red wine. I love chocolate and wine together. πŸ™‚ I’m intrigued!

  8. Laura (Got Chocolate) Author says:

    Ooooooh, this looks FANTASTIC!!!!!! I love BOTH red wine and chocolate. A lot!!! Thank you! πŸ˜€

  9. Jaycee Author says:

    Not sure why but the milk curdled blech

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hmm.. don't know why, every time I've tried the milk behaved ok.  Did you check the milk before trying the recipe?

  10. melissawf Author says:

    Milk curdled in mine too with the addition of wine. I think if you add a small amount of wine it might be ok but I didn’t actually measure anything, just dumped in some wine!

  11. Ahmed Abdel Fatah Author says:

    Nice .

  12. sharleeen Author says:

    What type of red wine did you use in this recipe?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I've just used a red wine we were serving in house. We usually have Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, sometimes Merlot. 

  13. Lorrie Author says:

    For Jaycee and melissawf: I was enticed by the beautiful photos to make this drink. The first time, I followed the recipe precisely and the milk curdled immediately–I assume because of the boiling. I remade it (changing the proportions of cocoa/sugar and adding a bit of vanilla for a deeper flavor) but instead of pouring the milk mixture directly into the boiling wine and returning it to a boil, I slowly poured the wine into the milk to ‘temper’ it, and then returned it to the pot to heat just to serving temperature. I did not boil it, and it turned out beautifully! Noe, to go make some biscotti to accompany it for Scrabble Night!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Than you Lorrie for this comment.. Biscotti sounds wonderful alongside this chocolate red wine drink. Did you enjoy it?

  14. Kim Author says:

    Regarding the curdling issue…It has to do with the chemistry of adding wine (an acid) to milk. Think about how we can make buttermilk – adding lemon juice (an acid) to milk. Use water instead of milk and the curdling will not be an issue.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I didn't have a problem with curdling.. seemed a bit at the beginning.. but after you stir well it's all smooth and nicely. Also if you don't want to reduce alcohol simply combine the cold milk and cocoa with wine and then heat them up together. The results are really good.

  15. Pauline Author says:

    I will be trying this out as soon as possible. Just need to buy the red wine. It sounds sooooo good.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Cool.. let me know when you try it out. 

  16. Aaran Author says:


    Where are those cups from I love them..



    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      hehee. Europe store. but they were made in Malaysia

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  18. Stephen Author says:

    I find that the red wine addition is just so so, but if I substitute the red wine for a 1/2 ounce of brandy: now you have a winter drink!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      sounds awesome too.. πŸ™‚ 

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