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Peppermint Mocha Drink Recipe

If you love the peppermint mocha drink from Starbucks, here’s a recipe you should try at home.

This is actually a dark chocolate peppermint mocha. A dark chocolate hot cocoa mix was used in this recipe.

Mugs filled with coffee drink with whipped cream and candy canes

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

You can easily use milk chocolate to make it a regular mocha. Heck, experiment with other hot chocolate mixes, as well.

Overhead shot of mocha topped with whipped cream

You could probably make a white chocolate peppermint mocha drink, too.

Of course, the best topping to this peppermint mocha drink is homemade whipped cream.

You can use a can of whipped cream from the store, but homemade is much more scrumptious, in my opinion.

The recipe to make your own whipped cream is included below. Other topping ideas include chocolate shavings, crushed peppermints, or chocolate chips.

The peppermint oil used is by LorAnn Oils. A little goes a long way!

Start with the suggestion in the recipe because you can always add more should you want to.

The peppermint oil is a candy and baking flavoring that you can find at Joann Fabrics or Michaels. It seems to be seasonally available at Walmart and Meijer.

Of course, it’s also found at the trusty Amazon.com, which seems to be the easiest route to take in many cases!

Use the type of milk you prefer. Whole milk, 2%, 1%, or nonfat will all be delicious.

Mug filled with peppermint mocha, whipped cream, and candy cane

This drink is the perfect blend of coffee, chocolate, and mint. It’s ideal for those times when you can’t decide between coffee or hot chocolate.

The minty flavor makes peppermint mocha ideal for the holidays. Make a big batch for your holiday party.

Or, make enough for your family for your next movie night. Curl up in front of the TV with your favorite mugs to catch up on the latest movies and shows.

If you order peppermint mochas from Starbucks all the time and want to try to make your own, definitely see if this recipe is a good replacement for you.

As I’ve said with other Starbucks copycat recipes, it’s not that we want to pass up the coffeehouse forever, it’s just nice to be able to control the ingredients and save a few bucks by making something similar from home.

More Coffee Copycat Recipes:

Peppermint Mocha Ingredients:

Serves 4

Ingredients for peppermint mocha
  • 1 1/2 cups strong coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 3/4 cups hot chocolate mix (about six packets)
  • Whipped cream (recipe below for homemade)
  • Candy canes for serving

Homemade whipped cream ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Whipped cream directions:

  1. Add ingredients to a large bowl or mixer.
  2. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Serve on top of peppermint mocha.
  4. If you’d like to get fancy, spoon whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a tip, and pipe onto the top of the hot drink just before serving.

Peppermint Mocha Directions:

Peppermint oil into coffee

Add peppermint oil to coffee and mix well.

Set aside.

Pour milk into saucepan

Add milk to a large saucepan and heat on medium-low, frequently stirring, just until bubbles begin to form around the edges.

Milk heating in a saucepan

The mixture will get frothy.

Hot chocolate mix into milk

Reduce heat to low and add hot chocolate mix.

Hot chocolate mix into milk

Whisk well until combined.

Hot cocoa mixture

Add coffee mixture and heat on medium-low until hot.

Coffee into hot cocoa mix

Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream, a candy cane, and any other toppings you’d like.

Peppermint mocha drink
Yield: 4 people

Peppermint Mocha

Mugs filled with coffee drink with whipped cream and candy canes

A festive drink to warm you during the cold winter. A delicious blend of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • PEPPERMINT MOCHA INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups coffee, strong brew
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 3/4 cups hot chocolate mix, about six packets
  • Whipped cream, recipe below for homemade
  • Candy canes for serving
  • HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

PEPPERMINT MOCHA DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add peppermint oil to coffee and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Add milk to a large saucepan and heat on medium-low, frequently stirring, just until bubbles begin to form around the edges. The mixture will get frothy.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add hot chocolate mix.
  4. Whisk well until combined.
  5. Add coffee mixture and heat on medium-low until hot.
  6. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream, a candy cane, and any other toppings you like.

WHIPPED CREAM DIRECTIONS

  1. Add ingredients to a large bowl or mixer.
  2. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Serve on top of peppermint mocha.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 glass

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1183Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1170mgCarbohydrates: 201gFiber: 7gSugar: 146gProtein: 26g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Overhead shot of mugs with peppermint mocha

If you love hot chocolate and want to skip the peppermint, make this homemade hot chocolate recipe.

Let me know if you try this peppermint mocha!

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