Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate


I feel unwell when I woke up this morning. My pyjamas drenched in sweat and my eyes watery, maybe it the fever symptoms. Not sure what the cause, maybe because the food I ate because I also felt a stomach ache. Or it can be because I was exhausted after last night I stuck in a traffic for more than 6 hours. 


After lay down for a while, I braced myself and went to the kitchen to make a glass of hot chocolate. I think I need a treat and hopefully after had this rich and creamy hot chocolate I will feel better.


Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate

For my basic hot chocolate I like to use the combination of whole milk and double cream to  make it creamy and velvety. You can make it less rich if you prefer that way, but I think if you want to treat yourself, make it worth.


  • 300 ml whole milk
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 3-4 strips of orange rind
  • 150 gram dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 mace
  • 30 ml orange liqueur, optional
  • sugar or orange syrup, optional
  • whipped cream, optional
  • mini marshmallow, optional


  • Pour milk and cream into a large saucepan. Add orange rind, cinnamon and mace to milk mixture, bring the mixture to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat, cover and let it steep.
  • Remove the cinnamon and mace after the mixture of milk steeped for about 5-10 minutes. You can steep it longer if you like intense spices flavour on your hot chocolate.
  • Bring back the milk mixture to simmer. Add chopped chocolate and cocoa powder, whisk until chocolate melted and the hot chocolate mixture smooth. Simmer for 1 minutes. Add orange liqueur and sugar if you like
  • Pour into mug, top hot chocolate with whipped cream, mini marshmallow, orange zest or cocoa powder if desired.


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