Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate and Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

We always serve cheese as an appetizer when we entertain.  Sometimes it is the featured appetizer and other times, it may just be one of the choices for our guests.  One cheese that we have become particularly fond of is Manchego.  It is a sheep’s milk cheese from the La Mancha region of Spain.

When we went to Spain two years ago, they served Manchego as a tapas drizzled with honey.  We have adopted this practice in our home and love the sharpness and saltiness of the cheese paired with the sweetness of the honey.

Manchego is a perfect appetizer cheese for a party

I have found that it is particularly good when served with the Apricot Honey Crème.  That combination brings out the subtle fruit flavor in the honey and goes quite well with a nice glass of wine.  It is a quick and simple appetizer that will definitely be a hit with your guests this holiday season!

Paired with Apricot Honey Creme, Manchego tastes completely different

My friends at Honey Ridge Farms are sponsoring a holiday giveaway for one of my readers.  The gift package will be a Honey Crème Trio with one of each of the honey crèmes that I have used in these recipes.  The jars are 9 ounces each, so you will have lots of opportunity to see how versatile these honey crèmes can be in your own kitchen!

Mr. B likes LOTS of honey creme on his cheese!

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Here are some other recipes using Honey Ridge Farms products:

Rosemary Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs with Prosciutto

Grilled Chicken Salad with Fire Roasted Chile Honey Dressing

Spiced Honey Ice Cream

Honey Sazerac

Sanguine Sling


Mexican Hot Chocolate and Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce


For Mexican Hot Chocolate (1-2 servings)
2 cups whole milk
2 ounces Mexican Chocolate (I use Taza stone ground and organic)
1 tablespoons Honey Creme Spiced
pinch salt
Freshly whipped cream
Shaved chocolate

For Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce:
1/2 cup Honey Creme Cranberry
1/4 cup water
1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
1 whole orange, seeded and medium chopped (Be sure to scrub the orange well if it is not organic since you are using the peel)
3 to 4 tablespoons Grand Marnier, to taste


For Mexican Hot Chocolate:
1. Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a heavy medium saucepan, combine milk, chocolate, salt and honey cream. Heat, stirring frequently, over medium-low heat, with a whisk, until chocolate has melted and the milk is very hot, about 10 minutes.

2. Pour hot chocolate into a tall mug or 2 smaller cups. Top with freshly whipped heavy cream. Garnish with shaved chocolate. Serve Immediately.

For Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce:
1. Combine the honey creme and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and orange. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or until cranberries have burst and orange pieces are tender.

2. Add the Grand Marnier, to taste, and cook a few minutes more to incorporate the flavors. Let the mixture cool. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate before serving. This is best served the same day.

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