Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate

December 22, 2011

I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is on Sunday already. You can probably blame it on the whirlwind trip to Malaysia that threw me out of wack and the fact that I barely slept in 4 days (btw thank you all for your votes and to Nuffnang for showing us a good time!). Not that I’m complaining of course but I had the biggest baking bug last week and I was itching to get back into it when I returned. Instead all I wanted to do was just sleep, snuggle with my dog in bed, tuck into the massive Malaysian snack haul that I lugged home and sleep some more.

This was the only thing I could muster during my zombie state. Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s time that we talk about x-mas booze. No wait, talk is cheap. Just give me the booze, every last dizzying drop.

If Christmas could be pulverised into a beverage and slurped through a straw, it’d be a mulled wine, with its earthy spices, a tinge of citrus and the heat of red wine. But I’ve also been on a hot chocolate bender lately and this was a best-of-both-worlds recipe that I’ve been dying to try.

I know plenty of people who don’t care for mulled wine but mention ‘chocolate’ to them and they lose their marbles. This is taking hot chocolate to a whole new planet and the result is amazeballs – heady, ambrosial, fragrant, spicy and wonderfully warming. This is best drunk on a chilly day with clammy hands clasped tight around a steamy glass (hot cupping action oh yeah).

Truly an exquisite adults-only experience.

Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate
Makes: shitloads to lull your loved ones to sleep on the lounge floor. At least 8 or 10 people?
Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 500ml water
  2. 400g caster sugar
  3. 100g cocoa powder
  4. 2 cinnamon sticks
  5. 4 star anise
  6. 8 cloves
  7. 250g dark chocolate (about 70%), chopped
  8. 2 clementines, halved and thickly sliced (substitute with orange)
  9. 1 sprig of rosemary
  10. 1 x 750ml bottle of red wine (your choice)
  1. Place the water, sugar, cocoa, spices and chocolate in a pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and whisk until it chocolate has melted and everything’s incorporated. Add clementines and rosemary and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Add the red wine and warm through gently.
  2. Serve warm (not hot).
  1. Recipe adapted from Adventures with Chocolate by Paul A. Young
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisabeth @ The Ultimate Chocolate Blog March 8, 2015 at 11:01

This is the best hot chocolate recipe EVER! It combines my two favourite things… Wine and chocolate!


muppy December 29, 2011 at 13:44

Wish I read this before Christmas, heavenly :) hope you had a great one!


emiglia December 29, 2011 at 05:42

This looks really interesting. I love mulled wine and I love hot chocolate, but I’ve never thought of mixing the two. I think it could be a great way to introduce the flavors of mulled wine to someone who doesn’t know them.


michele December 28, 2011 at 13:03

I think freshly made is the best as you can add how much or what ingredients you want.


Shanshan @ Food is our religion December 26, 2011 at 10:27

It sounds so warm and hearty, yummm this is exactly what we all need since Sydney is failing to deliver our hot summer,


Helen (Grab Your Fork) December 25, 2011 at 01:57

Hot cupping action! lol! So you lull your loved ones to sleep… for what intent and purposes? lol


Valerie December 24, 2011 at 08:45

I may not be a fan of mulled wine, but my radar pricked up at the mention of chocolate. This looks rich, dark, and gorgeous…like the best shot of espresso, ever. (The fact that booze is involved, only makes it more appealing!) :D


Hotly Spiced December 24, 2011 at 05:59

I love chocolate and clementines combined. Lovely recipe. Very indulgent so just right for this time of year.


Emma December 23, 2011 at 22:21

What a fab idea! I luuuurve mulled wine (despite not being a bit fan of red wine) and hot chocolate is one of my favourite ‘treat’ drinks so combining the two sounds like the ultimate winter indulgence! Think I’ll try this out on my friends on New Year’s Eve :)


Debs @ The Spanish Kitchen December 23, 2011 at 20:08

Oh yes please, save me some.


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul December 23, 2011 at 18:01

oooooohhhhh!!!!!! Yesss! I think I found my new holiday drink! Yum! what a great invention!


catty December 23, 2011 at 15:45

mulled wine + hot chocolate = total awesomeness! What a weird but WONDERFUL idea! merry christmas, Karen, hope to see you more in 2012!!


Phuoc'n Delicious December 23, 2011 at 15:21

I must admit, I’m not too keen on mulled wine but with the addition of chocolate, I’m somewhat interested now. I’d happy pass out on this!


chocolatesuze December 23, 2011 at 12:34

heh cupping /insert immature giggle teehee merry christmas dude!


Yelhsa March 31, 2012 at 16:26

That’s an inetlliegnt answer to a difficult question xxx


leaf (the indolent cook) December 23, 2011 at 10:16

This is such an interesting hot chocolate recipe! I’m trying to imagine how it would taste…


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