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Merlot Spiced Hot Chocolate

This Merlot Spiced Hot Chocolate is rich, chocolatey, and decadent. It is as simple and delicious as it sounds; it’s something to enjoy with friends after a holiday meal, or for a quiet evening curled up on the couch on a chilly Winter Day. Grab a bottle of PEJU Merlot and make your wine & chocolate dreams come to life.

Ingredients

4 cups heavy cream
2 cups PEJU Merlot
4 oz 70% dark chocolate
4 oz 55% dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
1 cinnamon stick
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 star anise
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Serves 8 to 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

In a stainless-steel saucepan combine all ingredients well.

Simmer for about 10 minutes stirring constantly and gently with a wooden spoon or whisk.

Let it rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the spices to infuse the chocolate. Strain hot chocolate into mugs, discard solids, and enjoy!