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Grand Marnier Hot Chocolate


  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup strained fresh orange juice plus 2 (3-inch) strips orange zest removed with a vegetable peeler
  • 6 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine, plus, if desired, grated chocolate for garnish
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier, or to taste
  • Whipped heavy cream for garnish if desired

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  1. In a large saucepan, stir together the half-and-half, the milk, the orange juice, the zest and a pinch of salt and bring the mixture just to a boil over moderate heat.
  2. In a small heatproof bowl, whisk together the chopped chocolate and about 2/3 cup of the hot milk mixture until the mixture is smooth and whisk the chocolate mixture into the remaining milk mixture. Simmer the hot chocolate, whisking, for 2 minutes, discard the zest, and stir in the Grand Marnier. (For frothy hot chocolate, in a blender blend the hot chocolate in batches.)
  3. Divide the hot chocolate among heated mugs and garnish each drink with some of the whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Source: Gourmet - November 1993