It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy it with this delicious Starbucks peppermint mocha.
We took family pictures this past weekend! Might not seem like a big deal, but we haven’t had family pictures taken since Avery was a few months old. He’s almost 4 now.. so yea. It’s been awhile.
We all had coordinating red outfits and headed off to Heritage Park downtown. It’s this cool little historic section of the city that has old time-y houses. They are all centered around a small courtyard and even have a pretty rose garden on the side. It’s really a neat place to take pictures.
Afterwards I was totally ready for a nap. The kids were running around like crazy and I was sweating by the end. Maybe I’ll grab one of these peppermint mochas instead of nap.
What is Starbucks peppermint mocha?
Each season Starbucks releases limited seasonal drinks and snacks. During the summer we get the passion fruit lemonade and lemon loaf. During the fall we get the pumpkin spice latte and salted caramel frappuccino. When it goes from fall to winter we get the peppermint mocha.
Mocha actually means high quality coffee but has been loosely translated around the world to mean a coffee with chocolate syrup or sauce. When you add in peppermint you get a peppermint mocha which is coffee plus chocolate and peppermint flavoring.
Starbucks peppermint mocha ingredients
The thing that I LOVE about the peppermint mocha is that is it so easy to make at home. Plus, there are a few different ways you can make it. When you take a look at the peppermint mocha’s ingredients on the Starbucks website you see that you need:
- mocha sauce
- peppermint syrup
- whipped cream
Sounds easy enough, right? You have a few options when it comes to making your own peppermint mocha at home.
For the mocha sauce you can either buy chocolate syrup or make it homemade. I love homemade chocolate sauce because it’s simple to make and you can adjust the ingredients to your preference. But something like regular Hershey’s chocolate syrup works great in this recipe.
There are two ways to get the peppermint syrup as well – use a store bought version or make it homemade. Peppermint syrup is easy to make at home; it’s basically a simple syrup plus peppermint extract.
Now if you want to commit to making more than one drink, you may want to make homemade peppermint mocha syrup. It’s super easy and once you have it on hand you can make peppermint mochas whenever you want.
When it comes to your espresso you want a good quality. The better the quality of the syrup, the better your mocha will turn out. You can also use a strong hot coffee or instant espresso here as well.
Feel free to use whatever milk you like for this peppermint mocha recipe. If you are dairy-free, then an almond or coconut milk would be delicious in place of regular cows milk. Same goes with your whipped cream.
Another fun part of this recipe is that you get to top it with whatever you like. I used chocolate syrup and crushed peppermints on mine but shaved chocolate or even caramel would make great toppings too!
Starbucks peppermint mocha recipe
After you have all your ingredients, you need to assemble your mocha. Don’t worry! It’s super easy.
You start by brewing your espresso or strong coffee. Add your peppermint and chocolate syrup to a mug and mix in the hot coffee. You want the coffee to be hot enough to melt the syrups and make the drink silky smooth.
You can either steam your milk or add it in cold. Either way you choose, add it in to your coffee/syrup mixture and stir together. Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and crushed peppermints. Or whatever toppings you like!
Making copycat coffee drinks at home is so much fun! Once you learn how to make one or two that you like you can start experimenting and come up with fun new drinks.
You can also start making your own homemade sauces to make your drinks cheaper too! It opens up a whole new world of coffee drinks.
Copycat Starbucks peppermint mocha recipe.
- 2-3 tablespoons peppermint syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 1 cup hot coffee or 2 shots espresso
- 1 cup steamed milk
- whipped cream for topping
Add the syrups to the bottom of a coffee mug.
Pour the hot coffee or espresso over. Mix together.
Add the steamed milk and mix again.
Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521Total Fat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 160mgCarbohydrates: 108.6gFiber: 1.5gSugar: 96gProtein: 9.5g
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Celeste @ Our Fabulous Life in the Suburbs says
We just had family photos done a few weeks ago, too. I loved it, but my husband is kind of like yours – just doing it for me, basically 😉 I hope you’ll post some of the pics, I’d love to see them! And this drink looks awesome. Pretty sure I’ll need to try it. Pinning for future use now!
Thanks Celeste! I will post pictures soon. They turned out pretty cute. We only had to take 200 to get a dozen though. haha! Thanks for pinning 🙂
Hi Kelley, hope you will post a few of those pictures so your readers can see your growing family. Question: How do you recommend to ‘steam’ milk without an espresso machine?
I will post them soon! Thanks for asking Jeanette! And I just warm it in a saucepan, stirring it the entire time. Its not exactly “steamed” but it does the job! Hope that helps 🙂
Oh my. This sounds soooo good. And I love how much money you save when you make it at home!
I would love it if you would come share this at Savoring Saturdays, it’ll be live tonight at 7pm EST. 🙂
Thanks Raia! I love saving money on it too! Makes it taste better 😉
Chris Thompson says
Great post! I think I’ll fix me a Peppermint Mocha now! I’d love for you to share your posts on my weekly link ups each Wednesday. The link up for this Wednesday is still up and running if you’d like to come link up. I host a new link up each Wednesday and they last a full week, so come link up most any time at somuchathome.blogspot.com.
Thanks so much! Ill try and stop by on Wednesday!
Arianna Montoya says
I can’t wait to try making this. I always stop at a Starbucks when this drink comes for the Christmas season. Maybe this’ll help me save a few bucks not going to Starbucks all the time.
It really is a money saver – and so good! Hope you enjoy Arianna!
When you make the mocha peppermint syrup at home – how much of that do you use for your drink? I see where it says the amounts if using separate syrups. I’m excited to give it a try!!