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Red Wine Dark Hot Chocolate, because why not!?  This is certainly a beverage you’ll want to share with your adult friends.  Or not.  You can drink it all by yourself.  No one will judge you. 

This Red Wine Dark Hot Chocolate came to life as the result of a Christmas recipe collection cookbook I was asked to be a part of last year.  A food blogger group that I was a part of, decided to put together an electronic version of a Christmas-themed cookbook to raise money for a children’s charity.  This was the recipe I had submitted for the beverage section of the cookbook.

Together, as a collective, we were able to raise enough funds to source over 1000 meals for children and families in need.  It was such an honour to be a part of the project; after all, Christmas is not only about decorations and presents.  We need to remember those who are less fortunate and make a considerable and thoughtful donation of not just our money, but our time and attention as well.

I have family members who work with chartable organizations and they tell me that it’s easy to collect money, food, and personal items for the homeless or less fortunate.  But, when it comes to sourcing people to donate their time, it’s more of a challenge.  So, this Christmas season, get out there and volunteer at your local charitable organizations.  Trust me, you’ll feel so much better doing that then just stuffing a $20 bill into a Salvation Army Kettle.  (Oh, but do that too!)  🙂

And, when you’ve donated your time, and you’ve done your good deeds, don’t just forget about it until next Christmas; continue to volunteer.  We all have at least an hour or two each week that we can give up to spend some time giving back to our local communities.  And, when you’re done doing good, you can reward yourself with this Red Wine Dark Hot Chocolate.  Sounds like a fair trade, don’t you think!?

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Red Wine Dark Hot Chocolate

Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Lord Byron's Kitchen


  • 1 cup dark chocolate pieces
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cup red wine


  • In a small sauce pan, over medium-low heat, bring the wine and milk to a low simmer.
  • Gently add the dark chocolate pieces and carefully stir using a rubber spatula.
  • After two minutes, or when the chocolate seems to be completely melted, use a whisk and rigorously aggravate the mixture to ensure the chocolate is incorporated into the liquids.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving.


Yield will be about 3-4 cups. Recipe can certainly be doubled to accommodate a larger serving size. Tripling the ingredients will most likely result in burnt chocolate; it’s better to prepare the drink in batches.

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  1. I made your Red Wine Hot Chocolate when my friend dropped in last night (and of course she brought a bottle with her) and I have to say, it was simply perfect! Not too sweet, and to think it's also an antioxidant makes it that much better. By the way, I love those cute little cups! Where did you get them?
    1. Thank you, Vera. Don't you just love it when friends bring wine!? :) It's a great little recipe and it looks super impressive to serve to your guests. As for the cute little cups, it took me about three years to get enough of those, actually. I found them at HomeSense, but they only had a few at a time, so every time I would go there, I would try to find more. Eventually, I was able to find the entire setting. Well worth the three year wait!

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