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This was our delicious good night drink today!<br/>I preapred this with the listed spices and for the orange zest I used self made oranged from Greek oranges (I mashed this in the mortar prior use). After boiling I removed the spices, sieved (pressed the mushed orange zest through the sieve) and added half quantity of the suggested rum.<br/>The taste was similar to the taste of some "Lebkuchen" (gingerbread without ginger). For a children version there is the possibility to sustitute real rum with rum-flavor.<br/>Made for Culinary Quest 2014. Made this again on 2015 for Beverage Anyone? Tag Game. The taste of zest and anise! Highly recommended!

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awalde March 23, 2015

Simply delicious! I admit to having imbibed the first glass without straining the drink first, and it was a little grainy. But the second, strained serving - OMG! I thought the zest was spot on. I did have to increase the chocolate a bit, but that was personal preference. It's been raining all day here, a bit odd for our summer, and this chocolate definitely hit the spot! Made for Best of 2014. Thanks for posting!

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Jostlori February 08, 2015

This was super delicious. The combination of spices adds such an exquisite taste to this hot chocolate drink, and it had such a smooth, creamy texture. The hint of the anise and touch of cinnamon is what made this so wonderful. It was a great drink to sip on, and I know we'll have this often. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Nancy's Pantry. Made for the "For Your Consideration" tag game.

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NorthwestGal December 12, 2014

Oh Yum, I've been eyeing this recipe all tour and now I have finally made it. It was well worth the wait. What a terrific hot chocolate this was. So quick and easy to make, with a delicious flavor and a beautiful silky smooth texture. Wow, I love that you can taste all the spices, the orange and the rum. Did I say that this is probably the best hot chocolate that I have ever tried. Thank you so much my friend, for sharing a recipe that I will enjoy often this winter. Made for Culinary Quest - 2014 - Family Picks - Suitcase Gourmets.

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Baby Kato September 17, 2014

With Elmotoos hint I cut back the orange zest a bit, and it was perfect! I used 80 percent dark chocolate, and that matched exactly my preferences, soo good! Thanks for sharing :)

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Mia in Germany August 23, 2014

Absolutely delicious. I *would* cut back a bit on the orange zest because it overpowered the other flavors. I used 70% cacao bittersweet chocolate which was PERFECT. I think I'll make this over'n'over'n'over.... Made for Culinary Quest 2014/CCQ. Thank you!

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Elmotoo August 20, 2014

Out Freaking Standing. Made this with bittersweet chocolate. I did the simmering and steeping parts while doing the dinner dishes and have been deeply enjoying it here at the computer. Not only is this a keeper it's going directly into my Favorites of 2014 book. Thank you so much Nancy. Made for PAC. Spring 2014. :D

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Annacia April 14, 2014
Venezuelan Spiced Hot Chocolate