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Greetings coffee lovers! Are you ready to try something delicious and festive this holiday season? My peppermint mocha coffee recipe is just what you need. With the perfect blend of peppermint and rich chocolate, this drink will warm up your soul and put you in the holiday spirit.

As a barista, I have been experimenting with different coffee recipes for years, and this one has quickly become a fan favorite. What’s even better is that creating this drink at home is incredibly easy, so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere.

Whether you’re looking for a festive way to start your day or something to sip on while snuggled up on the couch, this recipe is the perfect choice. So grab your coffee mug and let me show you how to create a homemade peppermint mocha that rivals even the famous Starbucks version. Trust me, once you try this recipe, it’ll become a staple in your morning routine.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Peppermint-Mocha Coffee
Peppermint-Mocha Coffee

Are you a fan of peppermint mocha coffee? Then look no further, because this recipe is perfect for you! Imagine decadent, aromatic coffee infused with peppermint and chocolate flavors that will make your taste buds dance with joy. And the best part is, you can easily make this delicious concoction at home with just a few simple ingredients.

One reason why you’ll love this recipe is its versatility. Whether you prefer your coffee hot or iced, this recipe can easily be adapted to your preference. You can enjoy a piping hot cup of peppermint mocha coffee on a chilly winter morning, or a refreshing iced latte on a hot summer day. This recipe even includes substitutions and variations that allow you to customize it to fit your unique taste and dietary needs.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is the combination of flavors. The rich chocolate flavors perfectly complement the refreshing peppermint and strong espresso or brewed coffee. The milk and whipped cream add a creamy, smooth texture that is both indulgent and satisfying. It’s easy to see why the peppermint mocha has become such a popular drink at coffee shops like Starbucks.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it also allows you to save money by making it at home instead of constantly purchasing expensive drinks at cafes. You won’t have to wait in long lines to get your morning fix anymore.

In conclusion, there are numerous reasons why you’ll love this recipe for homemade peppermint mocha coffee. It’s versatile, flavorful, indulgent, and allows for customization based on your taste preferences. By making it at home, you can save money while still enjoying a delicious cup of coffee anytime you want. Don’t wait any longer – give this recipe a try and let yourself be transported into a world of pepperminty bliss!

Ingredient List

“Brew up some holiday cheer with our Peppermint-Mocha Coffee recipe!”

Ingredients for Peppermint-Mocha Coffee Recipe:

  • 4 cups brewed espresso-strong coffee or 4 shots of espresso and 2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract or 2 teaspoons homemade peppermint syrup
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream topping (optional)
  • peppermint candy or candy cane, crushed (optional)

For Mocha Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water

For Homemade Peppermint Syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons crushed peppermint candy canes
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract

Alternative Ingredients:

If you would like to enjoy a peppermint mocha latte, but want to tweak the ingredients to suit your dietary needs, below are some ingredient substitutions you can try:

  • Substitute whole milk with your preferred milk alternative such as almond milk or soy milk.
Note: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before making this recipe.

The Recipe How-To

“Warm up both your hands and soul with this delicious drink!”

Now, it’s time to learn how to make this delicious and festive Peppermint-Mocha Coffee at home! Follow the easy steps below:

Step 1: Brew a strong coffee

Start by brewing a cup of strong coffee or espresso. If you don’t have a machine to make espresso, any strong coffee will do.

Step 2: Prepare the peppermint mocha mixture

In a small pot, combine 1 cup of whole milk, 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons of sugar over medium heat. Whisk the ingredients together until the cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Then add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and whisk again.

Step 3: Mix the peppermint syrup

In another small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup of sugar over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and stir again.

Step 4: Assemble the drink

Divide the mocha mixture between two mugs. Add a shot (or two) of espresso or strong coffee to each mug. Pour in the homemade peppermint syrup (approximate 2 tbsp per mug). Finally, top each mug with whipped cream and crumbled peppermint candy if desired.

Enjoy your homemade-Peppermint Mocha Coffee!

Substitutions and Variations

“Take a sip of a comforting blend of chocolatey mocha and refreshing peppermint.”

One of the best things about cooking is that you can get creative and substitute different ingredients to create a unique taste. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with this peppermint mocha coffee recipe:

– Milk: You can use any kind of milk in this recipe, including almond, soy, or coconut milk. However, keep in mind that the taste and texture of your drink may vary depending on the milk you choose.

– Coffee: Instead of using brewed coffee, you can use espresso or even instant coffee to make the drink stronger. You can also use decaf coffee if you prefer.

– Peppermint: If you don’t have peppermint extract or syrup on hand, you can use peppermint tea or crushed peppermint candy for a minty flavor.

– Cocoa powder: You can use any type of cocoa powder (dutch processed or natural) for this recipe. If you prefer a richer and sweeter taste, you may want to add more cocoa powder to your drink.

– Sugar: If you want to reduce your sugar intake, you can try using sugar-free sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit instead of regular sugar.

Additionally, you can experiment with different toppings such as whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or crushed candy cane sprinkles to add a touch of sweetness and texture to your drink.

Remember that these are just suggestions – feel free to get creative and make this peppermint mocha coffee recipe your own!

Serving and Pairing

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The Peppermint-Mocha Coffee Recipe is a perfect drink for the holiday season or anytime you want to enjoy a warm and cozy beverage. This recipe is best served hot, and it can be paired with a variety of different foods.

You can pair your peppermint-mocha coffee with traditional holiday treats like gingerbread cookies, pumpkin pie, or sugar cookies. Another great option is to serve this coffee alongside a cheese plate with rich and creamy cheeses like brie or gouda. The combination of sweet and savory flavors will create a harmonious taste experience that will make you feel like a professional barista.

If you prefer a lighter pairing, try serving this recipe with fresh fruit like apples or pears. The bright and crunchy texture of the fruit will contrast perfectly with the richness of the coffee. Additionally, you can enhance your peppermint-mocha coffee experience by adding whipped cream on top and topping it with crushed peppermint candy or candy cane to give it an even more festive look.

Another pairing idea is to pair your peppermint-mocha coffee with chocolate-based desserts like brownies or chocolate cake. The chocolatey flavors will complement the mocha in the drink, making for an indulgent treat.

For those who love iced drinks, this recipe can also be turned into an iced latte. Enjoy an icy version of the Peppermint-Mocha Coffee Recipe by simply pouring the mixture over ice and adding milk for a refreshing beverage.

No matter how you choose to serve this recipe, it’s sure to delight your taste buds and satisfy your coffee cravings all at once.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Enjoy a cozy winter night in with this easy-to-make beverage.”

Peppermint-Mocha Coffee is a perfect drink to enjoy on cold winter nights, but it can be difficult to prepare it every time you crave a cup. Fortunately, Peppermint-Mocha Coffee can be made in large batches and stored for later use.

To make-ahead the Peppermint-Mocha Coffee, prepare the coffee mixture as per the recipe, then let it cool to room temperature. Pour the prepared coffee mixture into an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, just reheat the mixture in a saucepan over medium heat until hot or microwave it for 30 seconds intervals, stirring after each interval until it reaches your desired temperature.

If you have leftover Peppermint-Mocha Coffee after serving, store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to a month. Before reheating, thaw the frozen coffee in the refrigerator overnight.

When reheating the Peppermint-Mocha Coffee, avoid using high heat as you risk damaging its flavor profile. Gradually reheat the drink on low heat while stirring gently, this enables even heating and also prevent unwanted scorching of ingredients like cocoa which might mess with their flavors.

Remember to add your preferred toppings like whipped cream, chocolate syrup or peppermint candies to give your Peppermint-Mocha Coffee that extra personal touch when serving. Enjoy your homemade Peppermint-Mocha Coffee anytime without hassle!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Indulge in the perfect balance of rich, smooth, and minty flavors.”

When making this Peppermint-Mocha coffee recipe, there are a few tips that can help ensure that the end result is a delicious and flavorful beverage.

First, it’s important to use strong coffee or espresso. This helps to give the drink that rich and bold taste that is associated with a mocha coffee. If you don’t have access to an espresso machine, consider using a French press to brew your coffee.

Secondly, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. This includes using good quality cocoa powder, fresh peppermint extract or syrup, and high-quality milk. Using low-quality ingredients can affect the overall taste and quality of the final product.

Next, be sure to froth your milk properly. When frothing your milk, it should be heated to between 140-160°F (60-71°C) for the best results. This helps create that light and creamy texture that is characteristic of a mocha latte.

Another tip is to experiment with different variations and substitutions. For example, using sugar-free peppermint syrup can be a great alternative for those who are looking for a healthier option. You can also try adding in some chocolate chips or whipped cream on top for an extra special touch.

Lastly, always remember that practice makes perfect. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t turn out exactly as you hoped – keep experimenting until you find the perfect combination of flavors and ingredients that work best for you!


Now that you know how to make a delicious peppermint-mocha coffee, it’s important to address any questions or concerns you may have. In this section, I’ve compiled some frequently asked questions that will help clarify any doubts you may have about the recipe. So, let’s dive right in!

What is in Starbucks peppermint mocha coffee?

The Peppermint Mocha drink from Starbucks contains two shots of espresso, 4 pumps of peppermint syrup, 4 pumps of mocha sauce, 2% milk, and is finished off with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. This drink comes in a grande size.

What is peppermint mocha coffee?

After multiple attempts, our squad perfected a delightful holiday beverage by blending Starbucks’ full-bodied espresso, bittersweet mocha sauce, and peppermint syrup together. The concoction is then upgraded with a frothy layer of steamed milk, topped with an inviting dollop of whipped cream, and finished with a sprinkling of charming red sugar crystals.

How is a peppermint mocha made?

To make a refreshing mint chocolate coffee, start by heating up 3/4 cup of whole milk in a saucepan. Add in 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and stir until everything is dissolved. Then, add 3/4 cup of brewed espresso or strong coffee into the mixture and stir well. If you want a stronger mint flavor, throw in 1/2 a peppermint candy cane or add some peppermint syrup. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor. Top it off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings, if you like.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Peppermint-Mocha Coffee recipe is a must-try for any coffee enthusiast. It combines the rich flavors of mocha and peppermint, creating a perfect balance that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Whether you are looking for a festive holiday drink or just a delicious pick-me-up, this recipe hits all the right notes.

Remember, making great coffee is an art form that requires attention to detail and practice. So do not be afraid to adjust the recipe to your liking or experiment with different variations. With time and effort, you will find the perfect Peppermint-Mocha Coffee recipe that satisfies your cravings every time.

So, take your brewing skills to the next level and give this recipe a try today. Trust me; you won’t regret it!

Peppermint-Mocha Coffee

Peppermint-Mocha Coffee Recipe

This got super reviews on the Kraft website, and it looked so good that I knew I had to post it here. Hope you like it!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Coffee
Calories 100.5 kcal


  • 6 cups freshly brewed coffee
  • 4 ounces semisweet baking chocolate (4, 1 ounce squares)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (already heated)
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 8 peppermint stick candy


  • Pour coffee into large saucepan.
  • Add chocolate; cook on low heat 5 minute or until chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Add milk and extract; stir until well blended.
  • Garnish each serving with a peppermint stick.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 238gCalories: 100.5kcalCarbohydrates: 11.1gProtein: 2.3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 6.4mgSodium: 27.6mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 7.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Easy, Inexpensive, Sweet, Winter
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