Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail

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Peppermint hot chocolate cocktail, with peppermint vodka and homemade hot chocolate with your choice of milk, is a festive fireside sip.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail

Many of us are in a cold climate this time of year and so a piping hot, hot chocolate drink that has been spiked with peppermint vodka, perfectly stirred with a candy cane is exactly the cocktail we need to start off this brunch.

 If, where you live during this holiday season is warm (which I spent 3 Christmas seasons in Brazil = HOT!), this drink served iced cold will be spectacular as well, so don’t think I left y’all hotties out!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail Ingredients

Hot Cocktail

What’s not to love about a little booze now and then! While I am most often a wine sipper, I do like the occasional special occasion sip that sets a mood for a celebration.

Warm weather drinks are often made to cool and refresh, therefore have ice. This spiked cold weather sip is going to be served hot, chocolaty and spiked with a little peppermint vodka.

Peppermint Vodka

When I entered the age of being served a cocktail, a peppermint drink was usually make with peppermint Schnapps. While I found the minty flavor refreshing, I also found the liquor had way too much sugar, almost syrupy. 

Peppermint vodka hit the scene and I had to test it out. All the mint I wanted in the flavor was there but without all the excess sugar. Peppermint vodka was going to be the perfect booze for my hot chocolate cocktail. 

Peppermint Vodka

Hot Chocolate

Come on… who doesn’t enjoy a little hot chocolate when it gets cold outside! From the time I was a kid, hot chocolate was served to me and my sisters as a special occasion drink. 

Hot chocolate when I was a kid, was always made with cocoa powder, a little sugar and milk, as in, dairy milk. It was simmered on top the stove until the milk was warm, the sugar dissolved and the cocoa blended. Yum.

Milk, in my later years, took on a new face. Almond milk, coconut milk, even oat milk and an entirely new profile of milks. Hot chocolate with the milk of your choice is simply a lovely drink, wouldn’t you agree?

Hot Chocolate


Milk. That used to have a sound of comfort to it. Then, folks discovered that milk often gave them tummy troubles. 

No more tummy troubles now! Plant milk, especially Homemade Plant Milk, such as:

  • Almond milk
  • Oat milk
  • Walnut milk, or any nut made into a milk
  • Sesame seed or hemp seed milk

Enjoying a cocktail made with plant milk, I must admit, tastes even better than dairy milk, and I do love dairy milk. 

Homemade plant milk is easy to make, costs way less than store bought, doesn’t have the preservatives in it needed to keep it from going rancid on the shelf, even though refrigerated. 

Homemade Almond Milk


This holiday drink doesn’t have to be spiked and still have that delicious mint chocolate flavor to sip warm. 

Fresh Peppermint is sold in most grocery stores year round. Dried peppermint can also be easily obtained in a mint tea bag, that has only dried mint leaves. 

Peppermint grows so easily in a contained area of the yard or in a pot, something you just can’t kill once it has taken root. 

Should you grow or buy fresh peppermint and want to dry it yourself to use it later, simply tie a bundle together and hang it upside-down. It will dry in about a week. 

Put the dried leaves in a food processor, herb grinder or blender to grind the leaves. Store in an airtight container. 

Homegrown Mint

Mocktail Peppermint Hot Chocolate

The easy, most natural, way to flavor a mint hot chocolate drink is to simmer the dried mint leave, or fresh, in milk with cocoa, strain and pour. 

This is a perfect drink for the kids or non-alcohol drinkers to be able to enjoy the same fancy fireside sip as those with peppermint vodka. 

Don’t Forget The Candy Cane!

It’s winter. It’s holiday season. What child or adult doesn’t love a candy cane, especially when the candy cane is peppermint. 

Peppermint isn’t the only candy cane these days. Since a candy cane is simply sugar and water, boiled into a hard candy to be formed, flavoring can be added when being made. 

We all love a little swirl stick in our hot chocolate so make sure to give each holiday cup of peppermint hot chocolate a candy cane to add to the festive vibe! 

Ingredients Needed

  • Cocoa
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Milk, of your choice
  • Peppermint Vodka, or mint leaves
  • Whipped cream, dairy or non-dairy
  • Chocolate squares
  • Candy cane

Equipment Needed

  • Sauce pan
  • Heat proof serving cups
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Hand mixer
  • Hand grater or vegetable peeler

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy



Peppermint hot chocolate cocktail, with peppermint vodka and homemade hot chocolate with your choice of milk.


  • up of peppermint hot chocolate a candy cane to add to the festive vibe!

  • Cocoa – 2 tablespoon

  • Sugar – 1/4 cup

  • Water – 1/4 cup

  • Milk – 4 cups, milk of your choice

  • Peppermint Vodka – 2 shots

  • Whipped cream – for topping (optional), dairy or non-dairy

  • Chocolate square – for topping (optional)

  • Candy Cane – for stirring


  • Place cocoa, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 2 minutes.
  • Add milk and heat until hot. Do Not Boil.
  • Pour into serving mugs. Stir in peppermint vodka. Top with whipped cream and a shave of chocolate (optional).
  • Serve hot with candy cane and enjoy!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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