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Welcome to the world of Hot Peppermint Mocha! The season of warmth and cheer is upon us, and there’s no better way to get into the festive mood than by treating yourself to a delicious cup of hot peppermint mocha. Drinking this creamy concoction is like getting a warm hug from your favorite person. You can feel the rich chocolate melting in your mouth and the cool peppermint taste tickling your tongue.

As a barista, I have come across various mocha recipes, but this one stands out. This hot peppermint mocha recipe is not only smooth and velvety but also packs a burst of flavors that can lift anyone’s mood.

Whether you are a coffee aficionado or enjoy the occasional indulgence, this recipe is perfect for everyone. You can customize it according to your preferences and savor it at any time of the day.

So, without further ado let’s get started with the most fantastic hot Peppermint Mocha recipe you will ever come across!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hot Peppermint Mocha
Hot Peppermint Mocha

Folks, gather around because I’m going to tell you why you’re going to fall in love with this Peppermint Mocha recipe. Are you ready for your taste buds to go wild? Perfect, let’s go!

First of all, who wouldn’t love candy canes in their coffee? The refreshing and festive combination of peppermint and chocolate will make this drink a crowd-pleaser at any gathering, whether a holiday party or just a cozy night in. Trust me; your friends won’t be able to get enough of it.

Plus, nothing beats the feeling of holding a warm mug of rich mocha in your hands on a chilly day. This homemade version is even better than Starbucks! You can adjust the sweetness and strength of the coffee and peppermint syrup to make it just right for you.

Are you lactose intolerant, vegan, or dairy-free? No worries! You can substitute regular milk with almond or oat milk and still enjoy the same delicious flavor without compromising its greatness.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe is also versatile; you can serve it hot or iced. Yes, iced! Enjoy a refreshing chilled blend on scorching summer days or stick with the classic warm beverage during winter. And if you’re extra creative, try making it into an iced frappuccino or hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps!

In conclusion, folks, you’ll love this Peppermint Mocha recipe because it’s easy to make adaptable to dietary needs and preferences. It’s rich and flavorful- perfect for every occasion. So grab your ingredients and start brewing because once you try it, there’s no going back!

Ingredient List

The Essential Ingredients for a Perfect Peppermint Mocha

To make a delicious peppermint mocha, you will need the key ingredients that combine to create this beloved beverage. Gather the following ingredients before starting:

  • Strong coffee: 1 cup, brewed strong dark roast coffee or 2 shots of espresso
  • Cocoa powder: 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Peppermint extract: ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract or syrup
  • Milk: 1 cup, whole milk or dairy-free milk substitute
  • Peppermint syrup: 1 tablespoon of store-bought peppermint syrup or homemade syrup
  • Chocolate syrup: 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup (optional, for sweeter taste)
  • Whipped cream: top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane (optional)

In addition to the essential ingredients, there are optional substitutions and variations that you can try depending on your preference. The ingredient overview will bring the best flavor out of your homemade peppermint mocha.

The Recipe How-To

Now, let’s get into the most exciting part of this article: how to make the perfect hot peppermint mocha at home. With just a few simple steps, you can save yourself some money and impress your friends and family with your barista skills.


  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • Whipped Cream
  • Crushed candy canes (optional for garnish)


  1. Brew one cup of strong coffee using your preferred method. You can also use espresso if you have an espresso machine at home.

  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, and water until it dissolves completely. Then add in the vanilla extract and turn off the heat.

  3. Heat up the milk until it’s steaming hot but not boiling. You can do this by microwaving it in a heat-safe container for 30 seconds or using a frother.

  4. Combine the hot coffee, chocolate syrup, and peppermint extract in a large mug and mix well.

  5. Pour in the steamed milk into the same mug, stirring gently to blend properly.

  6. Top your Peppermint Mocha with whipped cream and garnish it using crushed candy canes if desired.

  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

This recipe is fully customizable to suit different preferences; feel free to adjust measurements according to desired texture or taste.

Tip: If you’re lactose intolerant, swap regular milk for a plant-based version like almond or soy. Additionally, for an iced version, let your coffee cool before adding ice cubes then follow the same steps outlined above.

Note: You may take liberty with experimenting using different types of coffee, syrups or even flavored milk alternatives depending on availability. Regardless of what type of coffee you use -whether Starbucks’ instant coffee sachet or mocha latte from your slow cooker recipe stash- adding crushed candy cane makes all the difference in ensuring that perfect balance between sweetness and mintiness that we love about Peppermint Mocha!

Substitutions and Variations

If you want to mix up your Hot Peppermint Mocha recipe, try these substitutions and variations.

– Dairy-free: If you’re lactose intolerant or just don’t consume dairy products, you can substitute whole milk with almond milk or any other plant-based milk. Use coconut whipped cream for a vegan topping.

– Sugar-free: If you prefer to avoid sugar, use maple syrup instead of granulated sugar as a sweetener. You can also use sugar-free cocoa powder and sugar-free peppermint syrup in the recipe.

– Candy cane: Crushed candy cane can be used as a topping instead of whipped cream. Simply stir in 1 to 2 crushed candy canes into your Hot Peppermint Mocha before serving for an extra crunch.

– White chocolate peppermint mocha: Substitute regular cocoa powder with white chocolate cocoa mix and add white chocolate chips for a richer flavor. Use starbucks peppermint white chocolate mocha sauce for a complete replica of the popular beverage from the cafe chain.

– Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps: Adding peppermint schnapps will make your Hot Peppermint Mocha more adult-oriented. Adjust the amount depending on how strong you prefer your drink.

– Slow cooker version: To make larger batches of Hot Peppermint Mocha, use a slow cooker instead of a stove-top saucepan. Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, cook on “low” for 2 to 3 hours and serve hot.

Serving and Pairing


A piping hot peppermint mocha is a fantastic treat for any time of day. To enjoy the full decadence of this delicious beverage, top it off with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder, or serve it over ice for a refreshing iced coffee.

When it comes to pairing this cozy beverage with food, there are plenty of winning combinations. A warm slice of pumpkin bread or cinnamon rolls would be an excellent choice for breakfast, while a rich chocolate cake would be a perfect dessert pairing. For something savory, pair your peppermint mocha with a bagel smeared with cream cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich.

If you want to indulge in something extra special, why not add a shot of peppermint schnapps to your mocha? It gives the drink an added kick and is perfect for the holidays or after-dinner drinks.

Whether you make this homemade peppermint mocha as a special treat for yourself or to share with friends and family, it’s sure to bring warmth and delight to any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Once you have made the perfect hot peppermint mocha, it’s always great to know how to store and reheat it. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your homemade peppermint mocha even more.

To make-ahead, it’s recommended that you combine the hot espresso or strong coffee, cocoa powder, peppermint syrup, vanilla extract, and milk mixture in a saucepan and heat it over low heat until it’s warm. Do not boil the mixture. Transfer the warm mixture to a container, cover tightly, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

When you’re ready to serve, pour the refrigerated mixture into a mug or slow cooker and reheat on low heat until warm. Stir occasionally while reheating to avoid burning.

If you have leftover peppermint mocha, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat as needed by either microwaving it for around 30 seconds or reheating it in a saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally while reheating to prevent lumps from forming.

The whipped cream is best added just prior to serving. You could keep whipped cream covered in the fridge for around a day.

If you’re short on time and cannot make fresh hot steamed milk right away, you could prepare steamed milk ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Before reheating in the microwave, give the milk a good whisking with a milk frother or electric mixer.

Keep these simple tips and tricks in mind when storing your homemade peppermint mocha, so that you can enjoy delicious hot peppermint mocha anytime – without compromising taste!

Tips for Perfect Results

Now that you have all the steps to making a delicious peppermint mocha at home, let me share some tips to make it perfect every time.

First of all, make sure to heat your milk properly. It should be steamed and frothed just enough to create a velvety texture without becoming too bubbly.

When adding the peppermint syrup, start with a small amount then adjust according to your taste preference. You can always add more if needed but you can’t remove it once it’s in.

Additionally, be generous with the whipped cream on top – it is one of the best parts of a peppermint mocha!

For an extra festive touch, garnish your drink with a candy cane. Not only does it look cute, but it also adds flavor to your drink as you stir it in.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with substitutions and variations. Try using different types of milk or sweeteners, adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, or even using peppermint schnapps for an adult-only version.

With these tips and variations, you’ll be able to create the perfect homemade peppermint mocha every time – just like your favorite coffee shop, or maybe even better!


Before we move into our FAQs, let me remind you that as a barista, I have heard them all! Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions that are not on this list. I’m here to help you make the perfect peppermint mocha, whether it’s hot for a chilly day or iced for summer weather. This recipe is amazing and can be made with some fun variations you’ll find in the previous sections. Now let’s get to answering some of the most frequently asked questions about making hot peppermint mocha at home.

What is in a hot Peppermint Mocha?

Welcome to my recipe article where I will be sharing my secret recipe for a deliciously magical drink. This beverage is an irresistible blend of bold espresso, perfectly steamed milk, sweet mocha, and a tinge of refreshing peppermint syrup. With just four simple ingredients, you can create an indulgent cup of joy. And who doesn’t like to add a little extra touch to their drink? You can top it off with whipped cream, crushed candies, chocolate curls, or any other fun toppings that you desire. So, let’s get started!

What does Starbucks put in their Peppermint Mocha?

After some experimentation, my team and I have perfected a festive holiday drink that combines bold Starbucks espresso, decadent bittersweet mocha sauce, a swirl of peppermint syrup, and velvety steamed milk. This indulgent flavor sensation is topped off with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of crimson red sugar sprinkles, making it the perfect treat to enjoy during the holiday season.

How do you spice up a Peppermint Mocha?

As a barista, I think it would be a great idea to take your mocha game to the next level by adding a delicious pump of caramel. Believe me, caramel and chocolate make for a sweet and harmonious combination, so why not treat yourself? If you’re feeling festive, you can also drop in a candy cane to give your mocha a minty and refreshing taste.

Another fun and indulgent option would be to go for a frosty fix. You can make your mocha even more enjoyable by adding a scoop of ice cream or gelato. It’s a great way to upgrade your coffee game while indulging in something cooling too.

If you’re looking to add a crunchy texture to your mocha, swirl in some java chips for a unique and crunchy experience. Another great suggestion is to add a pump of vanilla to your mocha to give it a warm and comforting taste.

In case you want to switch things up, you can always try a matcha mix for something different. Matcha has a unique and earthy taste that will pleasantly surprise you. But if you’re feeling a little adventurous, try salted caramel or sea salt to give your mocha a kick that will set your taste buds ablaze.

How do you make a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks?

Indulge in the festive flavors of a Peppermint Mocha by ordering a classic mocha with a touch of peppermint syrup. Finish off this decadent drink with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. It’s the perfect treat for any time of day!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this hot peppermint mocha recipe is a must-try for all coffee and chocolate lovers. With its delicious mixture of brewed coffee, peppermint syrup, cocoa powder, and whipped cream, it will surely satisfy your cravings and warm you up on a cold day. Plus, the recipe is highly versatile and can be adjusted to fit any dietary restrictions or preferences.

So why not skip the long lines at Starbucks or any other coffee shop and make your own homemade peppermint mocha today? Not only will you save money, but you will also impress your family and friends with your barista skills. And who knows? You might even discover a new favorite drink that you’ll love as much as I do.

So grab those ingredients, follow the step-by-step instructions provided in this article, and indulge in a delicious cup of homemade hot peppermint mocha. Trust me; once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to go back to any store-bought brew again!

Hot Peppermint Mocha Recipe

Enjoy this Peppermint Mocha on cozy winter nights or with friends at a holiday party. This drink works well as dessert on its own, or it works well with a chocolate dessert. Consider replacing the water with coffee for a stronger flavor.

  • 1 cup Peppermint Mocha Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer
  • 3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream (optional)
  1. HEAT Coffee-mate, morsels and water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until hot and chocolate is melted. Stir in vanilla extract. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or baking cocoa and garnish with candy cane, if desired.
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