Grand Indulgence Hot Chocolate

1 quart milk Grated zest from 1 large orange 3 sticks cinnamon or 1/4 t. ground cinnamon 4 oz. imported semi or bittersweet chocolate 6 T. (3 oz) grand Marnier Whipped cream for garnish, optional

In a small pan over low heat, slowly scald the milk with the orange zest and cinnamon. Remove the cinnamon stick if using. In a blender, combine the hot milk with the chocolate and Grand Marnier. Cover the blender and blend on slow speed until very smooth, about 30 seconds. Blend slowly to avoid the mixture running over the blender lid. Pour immediately into warm mugs and top with whipped cream if desired. Makes 4 to 6 servings Gilding the Lily: The recipe doesn't say that the chocolate should be chopped, but things will go more smoothly if you do so. Only someone seriously out of touch with the real spirit of hot chocolate would consider whipped cream to be optional. Apply a generous dollop to each mug and then sprinkle it with shaved chocolate curls for added flavor and visual appeal. Source: Unknown

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