Subtle scents of orange and nutmeg waft through the air when you sip this smooth hot chocolate.
Melt white chocolate in top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water.
Combine 1 cup whipping cream, milk, 2 tablespoons orange zest, and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring just to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Add 1 cup milk mixture to white chocolate in double boiler, stirring well with a wire whisk. Pour white chocolate mixture into milk mixture in saucepan. Cook over low heat until thoroughly heated, stirring gently. Pour into mugs.
Beat remaining 3/4 cup whipping cream, 1 teaspoon orange zest, vanilla, and nutmeg at medium speed of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Spoon dollops of whipped cream onto hot chocolate; garnish, if desired.
Christmas with Southern Living 2000