[ Recipe: Citrus and Spice Cocoa Drink ] ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Co
citrus and spice cocoa drink

This fiery beverage is pleasantly spiced -- and spiked! It gets its velvety goodness from cream and chopped dark chocolate with a citrusy burst of flavor from orange peel, finished with a shot of French brandy.

¾ cup whole milk
¾ cup light cream
2 tablespoons dried orange peel
4-ounces dark chocolate, grated or finely chopped
½ teaspoon chipotle powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup French brandy

Combine milk and cream in a saucepan. Add the orange peel. (Tip: For easy retrieval, place the orange peel in a mesh tea ball or small muslin bag before adding to the saucepan.) Gently heat the milk mixture on a low simmer for 2-3 minutes to infuse with orange flavor. Remove the orange peel and discard. Add the chocolate, stirring constantly until completely melted. Add chipotle powder and stir to incorporate. Remove pan from heat; stir in brandy. Pour into mugs and top with fresh whipped cream, a whole cinnamon stick and additional grated chocolate, if you wish.

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