Hot Orange Mocha

Hot Orange Mocha
Photo: Andy Lyons
Start To Finish Time:
20 mins


  • 1 orange

  • 5 cup hot strong coffee

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream

  • 1 recipe Whipped Honey-Orange Topping

  • Orange peel curls (optional)

Whipped Honey-Orange Topping

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) orange liqueur or orange juice (optional)


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the orange in strips, being careful not to remove the white pith. In a large saucepan combine the peel and hot coffee. Let stand over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove and discard orange peel.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Whisk cocoa mixture into hot coffee until well combined. Stir in cream. If desired, use an immersion blender to froth the coffee mixture. Ladle coffee mixture into six coffee mugs. Top each serving with a spoonful of Whipped Honey-Orange Topping. If desired, garnish with orange peel curls.

Whipped Honey-Orange Topping

  1. In a chilled mixing bowl combine whipping cream, honey, and, if desired, orange liqueur or orange juice. Beat with the chilled beaters of an electric mixer on low speed or beat with a whisk until soft peaks form (tips curl).

Orange Peel Curls:

To make orange peel curls for a garnish, use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel from the orange in long thin strips, being careful not to remove the white pith. Cut strips into even thinner strips. Wrap the peel around a wooden skewer and let stand for several minutes. Remove the skewer before using.

Icy Orange and Mocha Drink:

Prepare as above, except cover and chill coffee mixture for up to 3 days. Serve chilled in tall glasses over ice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
16g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 11.8mg 59%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 295mg 6%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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