Chocolate Orange Hot Cocoa

Chocolate Orange Hot Cocoa

  • Author: Heather L McCurdy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 13 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 12 green cardamom pods
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 oz. German chocolate
  • 2 T. orange zest + enough to garnish* 
  • 2 oz. good bourbon (optional)**

Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. milk



  • Crush the cinnamon stick and green cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle or with a rolling pin then toast in a 6 cup or larger saucepan over medium high heat, shaking often.
  • While the spices are toasting, zest the oranges and measure the milk. 
  • Once your spices start releasing a warm spice scent, add the milk and orange zest.
  • Whisk to incorporate then heat to a simmer, watching carefully so the bottom doesn’t scorch.
  • Once the milk starts to form small bubbles watch it carefully and turn the burner down if the milk starts bubbling too much – you want gentle tiny bubbles only.
  • Simmer until mixture has been over heat for approximately 10 minutes (timing will vary depending how long it takes the milk to heat)
  • Strain through a fine mesh sieve into another pan or bowl and rinse remaining spices out of pan. 
  • Return milk to pan and put on burner then break up German chocolate into the milk, reserving a small corner to zest over the finished cup.
  • Whisk the chocolate into the milk until fully melted then divide between 4 cups.
  • Add 1 T. bourbon to each cup and stir then top with whipped cream, orange zest, and chocolate shavings before serving.

Whipped Cream

  • Combine heavy cream and sugar in a bowl and whisk quickly until soft peaks form or in mix in a mixer for approximately 1-2 minutes until soft peaks form.


*Zest from approx. 2 oranges

**I prefer Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • Category: Beverage