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Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate in a cup topped with whipped cream, setting on a plate with two cookies and a spoon.

Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate

Ultra rich and slightly sweet with bold notes of dark chocolate, orange, a pinch of cinnamon and a good glug of Grand Marnier; Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate. A dessert sipper for those special occasions or to warm up with during the coldest months of the year. vegetarian or vegan (see notes)
Course Adult Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword Adult Hot Chocolate, Dairy Free Hot Chocolate, Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 115kcal
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean


For One Serving:

  • 1 C (245g) Homemade Cashew Milk* unsweetened, or other full fat milk (see notes)
  • 1/4 C + 1 Tbs (1 3/4oz / 50g) 70%-80% Dark Chocolate finely chopped, plus shavings for garnish (see notes for vegan chocolate)
  • 1/2 tsp Orange Zest
  • Pinch of Fine Sea Salt
  • Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 oz (28g) Grand Marnier

Serve With (optional):

  • Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream or Coconut Cream
  • Chocolate Shavings


  • In a medium sauce pot, add the milk, chopped chocolate, zest, salt and cinnamon. Gently heat on the lowest setting, whisking occasionally until all the chocolate is melted. About 5 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to come to a simmer or boil. Remove from heat and gently whisk in the Grand Marnier. Strain into a serving cup(s). Garnish with optional whipped cream or coconut cream and shaved chocolate. 


About the Milk: since milk selection and kitchen equipment on hand varies, here are some easily adaptable recommendations. I use full strength, unsweetened homemade cashew milk  or full fat coconut milk, depending on what I have on hand. I occasionally use dairy too. If using dairy, try whole milk or if you're feeling really indulgent, 1/2 n 1/2 or a combination of the two.   
The Whipped Cream: a scoop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or whipped coconut milk can be used for the topping. However, this recipe is rich enough all on it's own. Forgo the additional fat on top and it will still be an indulgence! 
*This resource lists many vegan chocolate brands. Find what's at your market and use it! Green & Black's, Theo, Endangered Species, are excellent.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 163mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 1.3mg