Chocolate Wine Float

Chocolate Wine Float

Today is National Drink  Wine Day, and we are celebrating the occasion with a recipe for a Chocolate Wine Float.  This recipe isn’t entirely original.  In fact, the idea for this Chocolate Wine Float came to me from an acquaintance.  Before we proceed, I must confess that this isn’t the type of recipe that I usually publish.   This is the only post for an alcoholic beverage that I have published on my site since I began blogging four years ago, but I was challenged to come up with a post for National Drink Wine Day, and I love a good challenge, so I accepted. 

Chocolate Wine FloatNot being much of a drinker, I don’t know much about wine.  On a recent trip to the grocery store, I ran into the parents of one of Bus Boy’s classmates.  She had a bottle of chocolate wine in her cart.  I noticed the word chocolate on the label and asked what it was like.  The wine in her cart was Choco Vine, a combination of red wine, chocolate, and a bit of espresso.   I thought that it was a strange combination, but after some research, I learned that it’s not.

Apparently red wine and chocolate is “a thing.”  Red wine hot chocolate recipes have been floating around the internet for the past few years.  Furthermore, chocolate wines are becoming “a thing,” too.  Apparently, enough people like the combination of red wine and chocolate that wineries are bottling the combination.

I located two different types of chocolate wine in our local stores prior to preparing the Chocolate Wine Float.  One bottle cost $2.99.  The other was $4.95.   One had a touch of espresso in it.  The other contained cream.  To make the floats, I chose the Choco Vine Espresso.Chocolate Wine Float

Making the floats was simple.  I scooped some ice cream into stemless wine glasses.    (OK, they’re not stemless wine glasses, they’re recycled oui yogurt containers, but let me pretend to be fancy.  If I owned any stemless wine glasses, I would have used them.)Chocolate Wine FloatThen, I poured some of the chocolate wine over the top.  I suppose that I could have mixed the wine with some seltzer to get some foam, and I could have topped the floats with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and a cherry, but I opted for the simplicity of the chocolate wine over the ice cream.  Chocolate Wine FloatWe served these with a spoon instead of a straw, and the combination of the chocolate wine with the vanilla ice cream was delicious.  The recycled containers were the perfect size for these grown up floats.

Give our “recipe” for Chocolate Wine Floats a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. (I realize there’s not a recipe printout, but all you need to do is pour chocolate wine over vanilla ice cream.  The ratio of wine to ice cream is, entirely, up to you. Just remember to drink responsibly.)

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Chocolate Wine Float
Recipe type: Cocktail Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
Chocolate wine over vanilla ice cream is the perfect adult twist to a float
  • 2 small scoops vanilla ice cream (approximately ⅓ cup
  • ¼ cup chocolate wine of your choice
  1. Place two small scoops of ice cream into a stemless wine glass (or if you're like me, you can put it into a recycled oui yogurt container.
  2. Pour chocolate wine over the top of the ice cream.
  3. Enjoy


Chocolate Wine Float--a float made just for grownups.

Nutrition Information is for 1/3 cup vanilla ice cream topped with 1/4 cup of chocolate wine

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.1g
Saturated Fat 3.7g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 21mg
Sodium 18mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.3g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
Sugars 4.7g
Protein 0.8g
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 1%
Calcium 2%
Iron 0%


28 thoughts on “Chocolate Wine Float

  1. I always enjoy your simple recipes, my favorite is the 5 ingredient shrimp and artichoke dip.

    The chocolate wine over ice cream is a great
    desert or party treat with only 2 ingredients. Cheers, Patty.

    1. I had to use the oui containers. I didn’t want large servings of these floats, and I didn’t have anything else that was the right shape and size. I’m still pretending that they are stemless wine glasses. LOL. I’ve never had a purple cow before. That sounds like an interesting combination. I will have to try it as soon as I buy some grape juice. Are there any other colored cows out there that I’ve missed out on?

  2. Well we are wine lovers. I will have to check out these chocolate wines that you have mentioned here. Sounds like something I should have too. These little tasty drinks are the perfect way to end the day….or fun for an afternoon treat.

    1. Gloria, I had never heard of these before, but I was tempted and bought them. Who doesn’t like chocolate?

  3. I have never seen Chocolate wine before!!!! But it sounds a very interesting drink.

    I used to love ‘cocafloaters’ when I was a kid. Vanilla ice cream with coca cola poured over it.
    They were a treat on a Sunday afternoon.
    Here in Australia they call them ice cream spiders (No idea why)

    I will have to look out for chocolate wine so I can try this.

    1. After seeing them in the store, I came home and researched them. I’m not much of a drinker, but I was intrigued by chocolate wine. We always had the floats you described growing up. We called them “Coke Floats” except if they were made with root beer. Those, my dad called Black Cows.

  4. I’ve never heard of a wine float! But I’m glad I now know of them! I have also never heard of chocolate wine. YUM. That could be dangerous for me since I love both wine and chocolate. I can’t wait to find some and make your delicious recipe!

    1. When I saw that wine, I just imagined it on top of vanilla ice cream. We top ice cream with chocolate syrup, so using chocolate wine seemed like a good idea. I did a little research and found out people make floats with red wine,seltzer,and vanilla ice cream, so why not chocolate wine?

    1. I really wanted to keep the serving size small, plus they look so cute in the smaller containers.

  5. Chocolate and wine are a perfect pairing! I’m one that knows way too much about wine… Lol. I’ve actually had the Choco Vine, and for a sweet one, it tastes pretty good. I’m sure it’s fabulous with that scoop over ice cream!

  6. I think you hit the dessert trifecta with this! Chocolate, ice cream and then the Wine – this looks like a great dessert. I agree with keeping it simple too, really good.

  7. I love this adult twist on a float! I’m going to have to look for chocolate wine at the store, I don’t think I’ve ever had it! What a fun dessert.

    1. My older brother used to pour a cherry flavored wine on top of the cherry sundaes that he would eat. He said it was delicious. I was underage at the time, and my mom was very strict about alcohol.

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