Homemade Peppermint Mocha

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I just can't help myself this year. For some strange reason, I am completely obsessed with all things Christmas even though I know it's still way too early. I am usually one of those people who literally refuses to even acknowledge the holiday until Thanksgiving has come and gone. Once all the turkey leftovers have been eaten and I've scored a few Black Friday deals, only then can the Christmas celebrating begin. Sometimes in past years, I would even wait until December to start pulling down the fall decorations. I've always been pretty strict about it. It just usually feels wrong to let one holiday overshadow another. I like to give each of them their due, celebrating them only in the month in which they fall. Anything else would be ludicrous!

This year, however, I've thrown all rules and logic out the window. Almost every day for the last week, I've been listening to Tony Bennett's Holiday station (my favorite by the way), drinking gingerbread lattes, dreaming of snow and twinkle lights, and counting down the days until we can go chop down our tree. I don't know what has gotten into me, but I am so incredibly excited! Christmas cannot come soon enough!

That being said, I found this recipe the other day for a sort of copycat Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. Aaaaaand I may or may not be sipping one right now... (it's deliciously decadent, in case you are wondering!) Tis the season!

I hope you are having a truly wonderful Tuesday!


Homemade Peppermint Mocha

1 cup milk, steamed
1 cup very strong coffee
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
2-3 tablespoons peppermint syrup (you can use the recipe here or ask behind the counter at Starbucks for a prepared bottle that you can use all winter long)
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate Syrup (optional)
Crushed Peppermints (optional)

Coffee prepared using French Press: Prepare your hot water in a kettle. Add four tablespoons of your favorite coffee grounds to your French Press. Pour 1 cup of hot water over them and allow the coffee to steep for four minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a pot, heat up one cup of milk until it is steaming. Froth the milk with a wire whisk or an immersion blender until it is nice and foamy.

In your coffee cup, mix together the prepared coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, and peppermint coffee syrup until the sugar and cocoa powder are dissolved and there are no lumps. Pour the milk foam over the top of the coffee/mocha mixture and stir to incorporate. Top with whipped cream, a generous drizzle of chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints.

Note- This is just a base recipe that can be played with to your own tastes and preferences.  It is meant to be personalized depending on how you like your latte!


  1. This looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe. I am definitely going to try it out.

    1. You definitely should! It's delicious! :)