At some point, you’ve likely seen a video, picture, article or something about red wine hot chocolate. It was viral for awhile. And let me just say, it deserves ALL.the.hype. Before making my own batch of red wine hot cocoa, I had never tried it and now I don’t know how I got along all this time without a spiked hot cocoa recipe in my life! Red wine hot chocolate is everything you would expect from combining dessert, wine, and winter comfort plus more. And, like most of the recipes I share here on the blog, it’s simple to make. Just five ingredients and about 20 minutes stand between you and your life being forever changed by creamy hot cocoa so let’s get into it!

wrapped bittersweet chocolate bars on cutting board

holding bottle of Messina Hof Beau wine

You might be wondering if red wine goes with hot chocolate, and it definitely does. I’m actually not a milk chocolate fan. The darker the better, in my opinion. 🙂 For this reason, I use 60% cacao baking chocolate and 100% cacao cocoa powder to develop this red wine hot chocolate recipe but feel free to use whatever suits your preference. I will say that it’s perfect as is because any bitterness in the dark chocolate is balanced out by the sweetness in the fruity red wine. If you do opt for a sweeter chocolate variation, I recommend using a drier wine instead. It’s all about balance.

A few hot drink recipes to try:

stirring pot of hot chocolate

What Goes into Red Wine Dark Chocolate?

  • Dark or Bittersweet Chocolate Bars
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Fruity Red Wine
  • Heavy Cream
  • Sugar

Is it Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate?

In case you’re wondering “What’s the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?” let me drop a little knowledge on you. Hot cocoa uses cocoa powder whereas hot chocolate typically uses creamy chocolate that you’d get from melting chocolate chips or chocolate bars. As you might have gathered, my recipe has both. So I kind of refer to it as red wine hot cocoa or red wine hot chocolate interchangeably. Cuz it is technically both. It’s definitely a unique hot chocolate recipe that has become part of my holiday tradition.

pouring red wine into pot of hot chocolate

At first sip, I thought “This is too good!” I looked around suspiciously like I was clasping an earth-shattering secret in my little mug. I could not believe how perfectly it turned out the first time I made it so…I made it again. And again. And it’s good, y’all. Really good.

The consistency is rich, creamy, and so decadent. The flavor is chocolatey, fruity, and not overly sweet. This alcoholic hot chocolate recipe makes about two and a half normal-sized mugs or two heaping mugs full. I think it’s perfect for just about anybody who is of legal drinking age. You can tailor the flavor profile by using the type of chocolate and wine of your choice.

pouring red wine hot chocolate into white mug

Drinking a cozy mug of red wine hot cocoa has been a nice moment of indulgence in the midst of a very busy season for me. I’m currently balancing work, blogging, getting more involved in my church, and prepping for the holiday season. I’m reaching the end of my home buying journey, so would definitely appreciate any prayers and positive thoughts for a smooth closing process! And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this red wine hot chocolate recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

P.S. More red wine and chocolate recipes you’ll love:

two mugs of red wine hot chocolate on cutting board

overhead view of two mugs of red wine hot cocoa

How to Make Red Wine Hot ChocolateSaveSave

5 from 15 votes
Red Wine Hot Chocolate | Dash of Jazz
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
8 mins

Creamy homemade hot chocolate combined with fruity red wine for the ultimate cold-weather adult indulgence

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boozy hot chocolate, boozy hot cocoa recipe, drinking chocolate, homemade hot cocoa, hot chocolate cocoa powder, how to make red wine hot cocoa, spiked hot chocolate, sweet red wine drink, unique hot chocolate recipe
Servings: 2 servings
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate broken into pieces
  • 2 cups sweet red wine
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  1. Melt chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Keep an eye on the chocolate to prevent burning.
  2. Once most of the chocolate is melted, add in heavy cream and stir until incorporated.

  3. Add cocoa powder and sugar and stir vigorously to get rid of any lumps. Cook mixture for two minutes or so, allowing it to thicken.

  4. Add red wine to saucepan and continue cooking for no more than another minute, stirring continuously. Do not bring to a boil. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Jazzmine of Dash of Jazz

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