Recipe courtesy of Marical E Presilla

Jim Graham's Spiced Hot Chocolate

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  • Yield: Makes 1 serving
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1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup milk

1 scant teaspoon aniseeds, coarsely crushed in a mortar

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

1 (2-inch) length vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out

1 quarter-sized slice fresh ginger

1 ounce Valrhona Pur Caraibe dark chocolate (66% cacao), finely chopped

Very small pinch of salt


  1. In a heavy saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, aniseeds, orange zest, vanilla beans and seeds, and ginger. Bring just to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to very low, and keep at a bare simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain a few spoonfuls of the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and whisk with a small wire whisk until the chocolate is completely melted. Strain the rest of the cream mixture over the chocolate, add the salt, and whisk to combine thoroughly before pouring into a serving cup.