Spiced mocha

Heart Smart Gluten Free Low Sodium

This beverage is loaded with antioxidants, which may help you improve your immunity during cold and flu season.


1 medium orange
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into 1- to 2-inch pieces
8 whole cloves
3 whole allspice
2 cups water
2 cups fat-free milk
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel of the orange. Be careful not to get the pith (white underneath the peel). Squeeze the juice from the orange into a liquid measuring cup. Add water to make 1/3 cup juice, if needed. Set aside.
  2. Place the orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice in a square of 100% cheese cloth. Bring corners together and tie with kitchen string.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the orange juice (made in step 1), spice bag (made in step 2), water, milk, brown sugar, cocoa powder and instant coffee. Stir. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and allow to set for 10 minutes.
  4. Uncover saucepan and remove spice bag. Add vanilla. Stir. Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings

Recipe contains: milk

Carb choices per serving: 1

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First Published: 10/19/2015
Last Reviewed: 11/18/2021

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If you prefer iced mocha, make this recipe the night before and enjoy it over ice the next day.
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