Winter is upon us and you know what that means — iced beverages are put on the shelf for a few months while we indulge ourselves in hot and steamy drinks. Like…hot chocolate! There’s nothing more comfy than snuggling up with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. Am I right? Well what if I told you, you could add wine to that already amazing cup of hot chocolate. I’ve got your attention now, don’t I? Thought so!

PureWow recently published an article with a more than necessary recipe for Red Wine Hot Chocolate. Now, you might be a little skeptical. But think about it —  red wine and chocolate already go perfectly together, why wouldn’t the same happen in a cup of hot chocolate? Exactly!

Take a look at this simple and yet, very rewarding recipe:

“Combine 1½ cups milk (we suggest 2%) and ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture is fully incorporated, thick and creamy. Add 1 cup red wine (something full-bodied like Cabernet Sauvignon) and continue stirring. Remove from the heat, pour into mugs and garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream,” according to a PureWow blogger.

Sounds simple enough! If for some reason you still need convincing, take a look at these pictures of hot coco beverages (with a little boozy twist).

Uhmmm yes! As you can see, the idea of mixing hot chocolate with alcohol is a fairly popular one.

Of course, there are other recipes out there and they don’t all have to include red wine.

Any type of spiked hot chocolate might be something to consider trying. With that in mind, maybe spend this winter time exploring all the possibilities that can go along with hot chocolate (or any other hot beverage for that matter). Let us know what you come up with.

Now, go forth and enjoy this winter season!