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Spiced Hot Chocolate with Orange

Serves 8
Time 20 min
This warming beverage is creamy and slightly sweet with a pleasant kick at the finish. Use whatever milk your prefer, dairy or non, and gather around the fireplace to enjoy.
Ingredients
  • 8 cups 2% milk, soymilk or hemp milk
  • 7 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 8 ounces (1/2 pound) dark chocolate, at least 65% dark
Method

Combine milk, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, sugar and orange zest in a large saucepan. 

Bring mixture to a gentle simmer, taking care it does not come to a boil. 

Stir occasionally and keep over low heat for 15 minutes to allow spices to infuse. 

Chop chocolate and transfer to a heat-proof pitcher or bowl. 

Strain hot spiced milk mixture into pitcher and stir well to melt chocolate. 

Pour into mugs and serve immediately.

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  • 8 cups 2% milk, soymilk or hemp milk
  • 7 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 8 ounces (1/2 pound) dark chocolate, at least 65% dark