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Easy Holiday Peppermint Mocha Cocktail

Holiday Peppermint Mocha Cocktail: A Festive Delight

As the holiday season is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to introduce a delightful twist to your festive cocktails menu: the Holiday Peppermint Mocha Cocktail.

This delicious cocktail combines the rich chocolate flavor of Kahlúa with the bright peppermint notes of peppermint vodka, rounded off with the creamy luxury of heavy cream. Served in a martini glass with a peppermint rim and crushed candy canes, this boozy peppermint mocha is more than just a drink; it’s a celebration of all things peppermint chocolate.


Q: Can I make this cocktail without a cocktail shaker? A: Absolutely! While a cocktail shaker helps to blend the flavors well, you can mix the ingredients in a glass with a spoon. Just ensure everything is well combined.

Q: Is there a non-alcoholic version of this peppermint mocha cocktail? A: Yes, you can replace the Kahlúa and peppermint vodka with peppermint extract and a bit of chocolate syrup to mimic the flavors.

Q: Can I use peppermint schnapps instead of peppermint vodka? A: Yes, peppermint schnapps can be a great addition for a stronger peppermint flavor.

Tips and Tricks

  • For a smoother texture, use a rolling pin to finely crush the peppermint candies.
  • If you love white Russians, try adding a bit of coffee liqueur to this recipe for a coffee twist.
  • To enhance the chocolate flavor, add a dash of chocolate liqueur or crème de cacao.


  • Peppermint Mocha-tini: Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass for a more sophisticated presentation.
  • Irish Cream Version: Add Irish cream for a richer, creamier version of this holiday cocktail.
  • Coffee Shop Style: Blend with a cup of coffee for a peppermint mocha latte experience.

Where to Serve

This peppermint mocha martini is perfect for any holiday party, Christmas party, or as a cozy drink to enjoy with a good book on a cold winter day. It’s also a great addition to a New Year’s Eve menu.


This cocktail is best enjoyed fresh. However, you can premix the alcohol and store it in the refrigerator. Just add the heavy cream and ice before serving.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Separation of Cream: To avoid this, make sure the heavy cream is well chilled and shake vigorously in the cocktail shaker.
  • Too Sweet or Too Strong: Adjust the amount of Kahlúa or peppermint vodka to balance the sweetness and alcohol content.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  • Let them help with crushing the candy canes or rimming the glass with crushed peppermint.
  • They can also assist in drizzling chocolate syrup for decoration.

Topping Options

  • Homemade Whipped Cream: A dollop on top adds a luxurious touch.
  • Chocolate Shavings: For an extra bit of chocolatey goodness.
  • Peppermint Candy: A whole candy cane or peppermint bark pieces make a festive garnish.

Why This Recipe Works

This peppermint mocha recipe is the perfect way to capture the essence of the holiday treat in a glass. The combination of Kahlúa’s rich chocolate and coffee notes with the bright peppermint from the vodka creates a truly decadent treat. The heavy cream adds a smooth, velvety texture, making it a delicious cocktail that’s a perfect addition to any holiday drinks menu.

Whether you’re hosting a Christmas cocktail party or simply enjoying a moment of solitude on a chilly evening, this peppermint mocha cocktail is sure to take your holiday celebrations to the next level. So, grab your cocktail shaker, and let’s toast to the joy and warmth of the holiday season!

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Holiday Peppermint Mocha Cocktail Drink
Yield: 1 drink

Holiday Peppermint Mocha Cocktail Drink

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Indulge in the festive spirit with a Holiday Peppermint Mocha Cocktail, a delightful blend of rich Kahlúa, bright peppermint vodka, and creamy heavy cream, garnished with crushed candy canes. This boozy peppermint mocha, served in a martini glass, is the perfect cozy and festive drink to elevate your holiday celebrations.


  • 3 Ounces Kahlúa
  • 1 Ounce Peppermint Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Heavy Cream
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Ice
  • Crushed Candy Canes


  1. Coat the rim of a glass with chocolate syrup and roll in crushed candy cane.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker up with ice cubes.
  3. Pour in the peppermint vodka, Kahlua & heavy cream.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Pour into the glass.
  6. Cheers. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 585Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 101mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 3gSugar 31gProtein 4g

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