Peppermint Mocha At Home!

Peppermint Mocha

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It’s like rain in Seattle [except in the summer, I maintain that there is no better summer than in the PNW] or gators in the bayou: it’s appropriate, it’s fitting, it’s… well, it is the way. A peppermint mocha at Christmas? Absolutely.

Grab a mug and a peppermint stick, because this is all kinds of festive.

Peppermint Mocha At Home!




This will be the easiest thing you’ve done all day. Well, I mean… it might be in the top ten.

Commence your peppermint mocha journey by measuring out your chocolate and heavy cream.

You don’t have to use heavy cream, I just wanted a complete ganache-making experience. Milk or milk substitutes work just fine. Microwave those for 10-20 seconds. 

The goal is to softened the chocolate with the heat of the heavy cream. Stir those with a fancy spoon and… you’ve just made ganache. Look at you, go.

Meticulously measure out your peppermint extract, then dump it into your ultra fancy ganache.

Pull espresso shot over the [now peppermint] ganache, then give it a quick stir. And now we’re just frothed milk away from peppermint mocha perfection.

Froth milk [if using an espresso machine], or microwave milk then blend it on high for 10-20 seconds. 

Top Tip: When microwaving milk or milk substitutes, ALWAYS PLACE MUG ON A PLATE. This stuff has some serious overflow tendencies. I’m not joking. Be careful.

Tangent: If your milk does overflow, take this time to clean your microwave. Seriously. I mean it. Go clean that thing.

Pour your frothed milk over your espresso peppermint ganache. Garnish with crushed peppermint. 

Enjoy your syrup-free peppermint mocha!



Can you make this caffeine-free?

Most certainly. Just use decaf, or omit the coffee altogether [gasp! sacrilege!]. You can add in a 1/2 cup of chocolate milk just to give it a nice creamy taste.

Can you make this dairy-free?

I love using oat milk for this drink. My wife actually prefers it that way.

Can you make this with milk chocolate?

Don’t go there. I suppose you can use milk chocolate, but then I’d throw in 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder to offset the onslaught of sugar you’re introducing to the drink.


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Peppermint Mocha At Home!

Peppermint Mocha

  • Author: Ben
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 perfect mocha 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Blast the flavors of the holidays with this balanced peppermint mocha (no syrup or added sugar).


  • 10 g Madacasse 80%

  • ½ TBS (7.5 ml) heavy cream

  • ¼ tsp (1.2 ml) peppermint extract

  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole fat milk



  1. Start by measuring out your chocolate and heavy cream. Microwave those for 10-20 seconds. 
  2. Stir softened chocolate and heavy cream. You just made ganache (fancy you).
  3. Stir peppermint extract in ganache.
  4. Pull espresso shot over ganache and stir. 
  5. Froth milk [if using an espresso machine], or microwave milk then blend it on high for 10-20 seconds. 
  6. Pour milk over espresso ganache. Garnish with crushed peppermint. 
  7. Enjoy.


Want more peppermint punch? Double down on your amount of peppermint extract.

  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peppermint mocha, peppermint mocha recipe, peppermint mocha at home, coffee drinks, holidays drinks

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