Homemade Peppermint Mocha Recipe: Easy and Delicious

When the holiday season comes around we tend to start craving some seasonal drinks. One of these drinks is a peppermint mocha.

​It is one of the Starbucks holiday drinks. But I mean, going to Starbucks each time you crave one of these babies isn’t really an option, is it?

In this post, I will show you how to easily make a delicious peppermint mocha to sweeten the cold weather of winter. It is an easy recipe with a few basic ingredients that you can eventually play with to make your own perfect drink.

What is a Peppermint Mocha?

First things first, a mocha is basically coffee with some form of chocolate flavor. Most often we use mocha syrup/sauce. Some people like to use hot chocolate powder.

Most often it is topped with frothy milk and many people like to add some whipped cream to the mix.

To make a peppermint mocha, you simply have to add some peppermint flavor to the mocha sauce.

Ingredients for a Homemade Peppermint Mocha

  1. Ground coffee beans
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 tbsp peppermint mocha sauce
  4. Whipped cream (optional)
  5. Mint chocolate pieces

What Coffee to Use?

If you do not have an espresso machine it is not a problem at all. You can always make espresso-like coffee with a Moka Pot or AeroPress. You can also opt for instant coffee like Nescafé Instant Espresso.

Moka Pot with coffee in the background.

Instant espresso is better than using, for example, a French press or drip coffee machine. The reason is that although those methods give you strong coffee, it still isn’t as concentrated as espresso. So, you won’t get the same effect.

A Note of Coffee Beans

You can use any coffee beans that you like. My favorite coffee beans is Starbucks’s Pike Place roast.

Some Ideas About Milk

Milk Alternatives

​Whole milk gives your coffee a sweet and creamy taste. However, if for some reason you prefer low-fat or skim milk, feel free to use that.

You can also use non-dairy milk like soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or oat milk.

Almond milk in a box on a wooden surface.

Frothing the Milk

If you don’t have an espresso maker, you’ll need to use something else to froth the milk with.

A French press is my favorite way of doing it, but you can also use a handheld milk frother or mason jar if you want.

Peppermint Mocha Syrup

As I mentioned, you can either take my mocha sauce and add a teaspoon of peppermint extract. Or you can buy some peppermint syrup and substitute half the mocha sauce with ½ tbsp of peppermint syrup.

Variations

As a coffee lover, you probably like making your own versions of coffee drinks. Feel free to go crazy with this recipe. You just need the main ingredients and everything else is up to you.

The main ingredients for a peppermint mocha are the following:

  1. Espresso
  2. Milk
  3. Peppermint mocha sauce

That’s it. Using that as your base you can go crazy and make your new favorite drink. Here are some ideas for you to try.

White Peppermint Mocha

You can make a white chocolate peppermint mocha by swapping the normal chocolate syrup with white chocolate mocha sauce.

Peppermint white chocolate mocha in white cup.

Iced Peppermint Mocha

Add some coffee ice cubes to the espresso. Also, make cold foam instead of frothing hot milk.

Fancy Toppings

I top my peppermint mocha with mint chocolate. However, you can always try out some other toppings. Here are some ideas that you can try.

  1. cocoa powder
  2. dark chocolate shavings
  3. chocolate chips
  4. fresh mint
  5. candy canes
Peppermint mocha latte

Peppermint Mocha

With the Christmas season our cravings for some seasonal favorites start. A peppermint mocha is one of those favorites. Here is how to make that favorte of yours at home.
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 485 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Ground coffee beans
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp peppermint mocha sauce
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Mint chocolate pieces

Instructions
 

  • Pull a shot of espresso
  • Mix the espresso and peppermint mocha sauce in a mug
  • Froth the milk and pour over the espresso
  • Add some whipped cream
  • Top with mint chocolate pieces

Notes

Note that the calorie count is based on the brands of ingredients used.
Keyword Christmas, Mocha

Other Great Christmas Coffee Drinks

A peppermint mocha is just one of the many hot beverages that go well with the holidays. There are many other coffee drinks that you can try in the spirit of the Christmas season. Here is a list of some of them.

Maple Pecan Latte

A maple pecan is one of the Christmas favorites that most coffee lovers have come across in their lives. It’s sweet nutty flavor is alluring and irresistible.

You can get my maple pecan latte recipe here.

Maple pecan latte from above next to book.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

A pumpkin spice latte is the pinnacle of holiday drinks. It is sweet and has an amazing aroma.

Here is how to make your own pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin spice latte in a white cup

Hazelnut Latte

Next up is the classic hazelnut latte. Although you will probably get this one year round in most coffee shops, it still screams Christmas, in my opinion.

You can learn how to make your own hazelnut latte here.

Easy Peppermint Mocha Recipe

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