Red Wine Hot Chocolate

It’s getting cold ://

But you know what that means?!! All the kinds of hot chocolates :D!!

Hot chocolate has got to be my favorite warm beverage apart from pumpkin spice lattes but I’ll leave the latter to Starbucks.

I saw this recipe on facebook the other day and I thought to definitely try it out. It sounded really gross at first but it started growing on me. I really like warm, creamy alcoholic beverages so I’m glad I gave this a shot.

I used Jason Triggs merlot which is full-bodied and a little fruity.

I actually really enjoyed making this and better yet drinking it. There is a wine-y after taste and it’s very rich and thick! Kinda like you’re drinking the chocolate founting at Aunt Gilda’s wedding but with a little bit of mmmph! I would definitely make this again.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except salt and vanilla extract) in a pot over medium heat and stir occassionaly till it’s all melted and even
  2. Remove from heat and add in salt and vanilla extract. Pour in mugs and enjoy 🙂

*If you don’t like how thick this is, you can thin it out with 1/2 a cup of milk and 1/2 a cup of red wine 🙂

Let me know what you think!

 

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Friday Funday Rosé Sangria

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I’m at work posting this because I’m dreaming of the sangria I’m going to have when I get home 🙂

Tonight, we’re hosting a kareoke party and I decided to make sangria for the pre party. I love sangria as much as the next person but I often find it too sweet or too fruity. I just can’t have a whole glass usually so I decided to modify the usual sangria recipe.
Instead of using the regular fruits like strawberries, oranges, peaches and all that, I decided to go with something more subtle- cantaloupes and honey dew. Because I let everything steep in over night, you can still taste the fruity-ness but it’s mild. Most of the fruitiness of this drink comes from the juice. I also decided to include lemon in this sangria to combat some of the sweetness from the rosé  wine.

 

I decided on rosé wine instead of white or red because that`s my favorite kind of wine. I only drink red wine with dinner and I’ll only drink white wine if it’s the only kind available. Rosé is just my all time favorite! 🙂

Anyways, it was so hard to leave this in my fridge overnight. When I tasted it before refrigerating it, I literally fell in love with a drink and I don’t know if I’ll be able to have regular sangria anymore. #prayercircleforyve

So there are three alcoholic beverages in this- obviously rosé wine, Triple sec and bourbon (I used honey bourbon; you can use any type). Then there is pineapple-citrus-mango juice which is perfect for sangria of any type! (If you can’t find this type of juice, you can use 1/3 cup each of orange, pineapple and mango juice)

This is a special post because today is my sister’s birthday and unfortunately I can’t be in her city. So I’m dedicating this post to her and having an extra glass for her tonight 😉 (not self serving or anything)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SESTRA!

Recipe

Ingredients:

1 lime

1 cup peeled and diced cantaloupe

1 cup peeled and diced honey dew

1 bottle of rosé wine

1 cup pineapple-citrus-mango juice

1/4 cup triple sec

2 tbs bourbon

Method:

  1. Slice lime into circles then half the circles (toss out the ends of the lime). Toss into jug/ punch bowl.
  2. Add in the cantaloupes and honey dew. Mix up the fruits
  3. Pour in the wine, juice, triple sec and bourbon
  4. Stir and refrigerate overnight.