Friday Cocktails: Bittersweet Hot Chocolate with Red Wine

Bittersweet Hot Chocolate with Red Wine

Bittersweet Hot Chocolate with Red Wine )

We love nibbling dark chocolate alongside a glass of red wine; the two flavors combined in a warming hot chocolate is an unexpected treat.Maxime Iattoni

I celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday in my favorite, old-fashioned way: with red wine, cheese, steak and potatoes, and chocolate mousse at home in my kitchen with my man. It's hard to beat such simple pleasures. We couldn't quite finish that whole bottle of red though, and I bought more chocolate than I needed for the mousse, so this weekend I'll be combining the leftovers into an unexpected dessert drink that SAVEUR test kitchen director Kellie Evans showed me how to make. I never would have thought of pouring wine into my hot chocolate until Kellie made it for us here in the office one cold winter day, but a little bit of red wine lends unique, full flavor to my favorite hot drink. Made with bittersweet chocolate and balanced with a pinch of salt, it's a perfectly decadent but not-too-filling and not-too-sweet way to end a meal or warm a chilly afternoon.