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Peppermint Mocha – A Beautiful Mess


The Peppermint Mocha is probably the holiday drink I’m most nostalgic for. For me, this is the drink I have while walking around town and doing my holiday shopping. This annual ritual feels to me like I’m living in a cozy Nancy Meyers movie. And while you can certainly make this drink every day, I tend to save it for special moments, which is probably why my mint mocha recipe tends to be a little more decadent.

While the classic mocha leans more to me than the espresso (when I make it) and chocolate flavor, the gloves come off for the mint mocha. Even though this has espresso, it tastes like mint hot chocolate with whipped cream when I make it at home. 🙂

Related: Looking for more seasonal drink recipes? Next, try the Gingerbread Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Chai Latte, or Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.

ingredients

  • espresso
  • Milk – or milk substitute
  • Chocolate syrup – or hot chocolate mix
  • Peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream – optional

I also like to decorate this with mini candy canes or crushed candy canes. Peppermint bark would also be a nice addition.

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First, add the chocolate syrup to your cup. I like to add most of it to the bottom, where it will blend with the hot espresso. But I’m also going to spray some of the sides of the cup as well. If you are using a packet of hot chocolate mix instead, you can mix it with hot milk.

Next, make your own espresso. Pour a shot of espresso into the prepared cup.

Next, steam the milk. You want the milk hot and some foam on top. If your espresso machine has a frother wand, you can do it all in one step. If not, you may need to heat the milk and then froth it by hand or use a… Milk foam. Add the hot chocolate mixture during this step until well combined, if using.

Pour the hot milk into the espresso. The foam will naturally settle to the top. Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and other garnishes.

Home espresso machines

We’ve tried many espresso makers over the years, and here are our favorites at different price points and skill levels:

  • Automatic espresso machine for cafe – My current device. It uses any whole beans, so if you use high quality beans, you will get a high quality espresso. It automatically makes espresso shots (no barista skills required) and includes a milk frother wand to heat and froth the milk. I got this machine for Christmas a year ago and we use it almost every day and love it! Comes in three colors.
  • Stovetop espresso – This is the cheapest way to make espresso at home. It is labor intensive and you will also need a way to grind your beans to get the best results. But this is a classic method that works great when done well.
  • Breville Barista Touch -We bought this for a good friend as a wedding gift once and they said they loved it. It’s a sophisticated machine that will need some barista skills to operate, but it’s an excellent home espresso machine.
  • Nespresso Vertuo – For those who want an espresso maker that uses pods, this is my favorite. Depending on the capsule you use, it can make espresso or coffee.

Submission suggestions

Since this drink is so festive, why not make some Christmas cookies too?

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directions

  • First, add the chocolate syrup to your cup. I like to add most of it to the bottom, where it will blend with the hot espresso. But I’m also going to spray some on the sides of the cup as well. If you are using a packet of hot chocolate mix instead, you can mix it with hot milk.

  • Next, make your own espresso. Pour a shot of espresso into the prepared cup.

  • Next, steam the milk. You want the milk hot and some foam on top. If your espresso machine has a frother wand, you can do it all in one step. If not, you may need to heat the milk and then froth it manually or use a… Milk foam. Add the hot chocolate mixture during this step until well combined, if using.
  • Pour the hot milk into the espresso. The foam will naturally settle to the top.

  • Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and other garnishes.

Notes

I also like to decorate this with mini candy canes or crushed candy canes. Peppermint bark would also be a nice addition.
You can use whole milk or any ratio; Alternative milk would work well here as well.

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Nutritional facts

Mint mocha

Amount per service

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*Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition is automatically calculated using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where appropriate, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.



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