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3 Ways to Cook With Leftover Wine

Last Update: September 27, 2022

Whether you prefer red or white, sometimes there’s a little extra wine left in the bottle. Not to worry, these inventive recipes will make sure the vino doesn’t go to waste! From a boozy latte to a gooey cheese dip, plus decadent chocolate brownies, don’t miss these three unexpected ways to cook with wine.

Red Wine Latte

A little chocolate and red wine never hurt, right? That’s what we thought.


For the cabernet syrup:
¾ cup cabernet sauvignon (or your favorite red wine!)
1 ½ cups Thrive Market Organic Cane Sugar

For the latte:
1 to 2 tablespoons cabernet syrup
1 to 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
2 shots espresso
¼ cup steamed milk
Thrive Market Organic Dark Chocolate, chopped (optional)


Make the cabernet syrup:
Combine the wine and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and whisk constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely. This keeps well in the fridge if you make it in advance!

Make the latte:
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cabernet syrup in the bottom of a mug, followed by the chocolate syrup. Pour two shots of hot espresso over top and stir. Add the steamed milk on top. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate, if using.

White Wine Fromage Fort

Sorry kids, this dip’s for adults only. Open your spice cabinet, grab a hunk of cheese, and get cooking.

Yield: 6 to 10 servings for appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 12 minutes


½ pound cheese pieces (like cheddar, emmentaler, or gruyère)
¼ cup dry white wine
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon parsley leaves, chopped
Baguette, cut into ½-inch slices


Adjust your oven to the broil setting and set out a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Add cheese, wine, and salt to a food processor and pulse until creamy. Add parsley, then pulse once or twice, just to combine. Spread on bread slices and broil for a 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm.

Red Wine Brownies

Boozy brownies? Yes, please! Grab your favorite boxed mix, then add a splash of wine to give this easy dessert an extra special touch.

Yields: 9 brownies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes


1 box brownie mix
1 stick (½ cup) butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
¼ cup red wine
½ teaspoon flaky salt


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on one side.

Add brownie mix, butter, water, and eggs to a large bowl; whisk until combined. Add red wine and whisk until just incorporated, then pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with flaky salt. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely, then lift brownies from the pan and cut into squares.

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