Orange Ginger Cocoa Recipe

Good news my chilly friends, I have a bad-ass orange ginger cocoa recipe!

Mug of hot cocoa on top of Christmas book

I am a strong believer that hot cocoa or as it is otherwise known as hot chocolate is the perfect chilly weather compliment any time of the year. Likewise, I am sure you also agree that homemade hot cocoa is the only way to go. Which is why I am sharing my bad-ass orange ginger cocoa recipe. Just a heads up, this is the second to last edition of the wet coast winter series. My final recipe for the winter series will be on the 23rd of December.

As the holiday season continues, I find that the over indulgence of libations makes my body weary. Consequently, I am giving you a recipe today that is friendly for your whole family and you (aka your liver).

Why not just Hot cocoa?

Whole oranges and slices

Since the 1930’s people have been in agreement that orange and chocolate are perfect together. While I couldn’t agree more, sometimes adding spices can take mixtures to the next level. So, including fresh ginger root in this recipe, not only provides a spice but is also natural. Awesome right?

For this orange ginger cocoa I am using unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa power, mainly for convenience. However, if you prefer to use actual chocolate (I applaud you!) I would recommend shaving it. Then add it in a similar manner as I give in the recipe.

Let’s satisfy your orange & chocolate cravings

Orange Ginger Cocoa Recipe

Prep Time:  10 Minutes
Cook Time:  10 Minutes
Yield: 2 – 4 Servings


4 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Teaspoons peeled, chopped fresh ginger root
1/4 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons unsweetened, dark cocoa powder (for my vegan friends, use pure cocao nibs)
The zest of 1/2 of an organic orange
1 cup milk (or coconut milk for my vegan friends)
1/4 water


  • Start by combining the brown sugar, ginger, orange zest, cinnamon and vanilla extract inside a small food processor. Blend for one minute, stirring if needed.
  • Next add the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Then continue to blend until the mixture is even.
  • Then in a separate small pot, combine the milk and water and warm on low heat over the stove.
  • Once the milk-water mixture warms to a simmer, begin to add small quantities of the warmed liquid into the cocoa mixture with a spoon or ladle. Add 1 tablespoon of liquid at a time, stirring well as you go.
  • Once the cocoa mixture has become a thin paste, very slowly transfer it back into the small pot of remaining simmering liquid.
  • Once the mixture is well mixed and hot, it is ready to be served.
  • Finally, serve in small glasses or mugs.

Enjoy your mug of bad-ass orange ginger cocoa!


About Geoffrey Bohaker

I've been a journalist on the West Coast for more than three years. One of my passions is meeting with local companies and sharing their stories with my readers. I'm happy to call the city of Vancouver, B.C. Canada as my home. This richly diverse city is abundant with culture, food and drinks, as well as decades of stories. Connect and share your story with me, I would love to hear from you!
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