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Venezuelan Spiced Hot Chocolate

1/2 gallon milk
3 whole star anise
2 sticks cinnamon
Zest of one orange
5 whole allspice berries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup aged dark rum


Combine milk with spices and sugar in large heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, until milk just starts to bubble around the edges (scalding). Lower heat and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep 10 additional minutes, then strain into another large heavy pot. Heat gently, then add chocolate and rum. Whisk briskly 5 minutes over low flame until chocolate is completely melted.

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