Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean that all things peppermint have to go away. Right before Christmas I discovered that I do like coffee. Well, coffee that has plenty of stuff in it that makes it taste better. To keep from going broke at Starbucks buying Peppermint Mocha drinks I went to work recreating my new favorite drink. It took some trial and error but I think I’ve come up with the perfect Peppermint Mocha.

Peppermint Mocha | My Hot Southern Mess

I really don’t know what made me want to order my first Peppermint Mocha Frappe at Starbucks but I was hooked after I tried it.

At $5 plus a drink and the number of calories in it I knew had to make my own. So I got to work and started researching. I looked up how Starbucks made the drink to numerous recipes on Pinterest. I compared and contrasted and then experimented. It took a few tries but I finally came up with the perfect drink.

Peppermint Mocha | My Hot Southern Mess
This drink inspired one of my 12 days of Homemade Christmas recipes/gifts, the Peppermint Simple Syrup. The syrup is a key component of the drink. The rest of the components are very easy to customize to your personal taste and calorie needs. For instance, I have made it with 2% milk but prefer it with non-fat. I also make it with sugar-free chocolate syrup instead of regular. Whip and other garnishes or no whip. The drink can be made as a frappe or an iced mocha. That is just a matter of how much ice you want and if you want to break out the blender.

Peppermint Mocha | My Hot Southern Mess

So far this drink is the only way i’ve braved trying coffee and so far I love it. I’m sure eventually i’ll branch out and try other drinks but for now i’ll just take a Peppermint Mocha.

What is your favorite way to drink coffee?

Peppermint Mocha
  • ½ Cup brewed, strong coffee (unsweetened plain cold brew will work too)
  • ½ Cup milk (preferred type)
  • 1 Tablespoon Peppermint Simple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Chocolate Syrup (desired Type)
  • Ice (2 cups crushed ice for frappe)
  • *optional Whipped Cream*
  • *optional-additional chocolate syrup for garnish*
  • *optional- crushed peppermints for garnish*
  1. Place ice in large cup and add coffee, milk, peppermint simple syrup and chocolate syrup and stir well until chocolate syrup has dissolved.
  2. For Frappe- Crush 2 cups of ice in blender. Add coffee, milk, peppermint simple syrup and chocolate syrup to ice and blend until while combined. Pour into a large glass. Garnish with whipped cream and toppings if desired.

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