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Cherry Cordial Hot Chocolate

Cherry Cordial Hot Chocolate

5 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups half-and-half

1 1/2 cups chocolate syrup

1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice, divided

1 3/4 cups whipping cream

1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Chocolate shavings (optional)

Maraschino cherries with stems (optional)

Heat first 3 ingredients and 7 tablespoons cherry juice in a Dutch oven over medium

low heat, stirring often.

Beat whipping cream at medium speed with a mixer until foamy. Gradually add confectioners'

sugar and reserved cherry juice. Beat until soft peaks form. Serve atop hot chocolate.

Top each serving with chocolate shavings and a cherry, if desired.

Makes 8 1/2 cups.

For adults only, add a splash of cherry brandy to each mug.