Peppermint Hot Chocolate Festive Cocktail

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail, with mint infused liquor (or muddled mint), and homemade real hot chocolate, using milk of your choice. A festive fireside sip.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail For Festive Fireside Sips
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail For Festive Fireside Sips

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail

Many of us are in a cold climate this time of year, and are after a hot chocolate drink.

How about one that has been spiked with peppermint vodka?

Perfectly stirred with a candy cane?

That is exactly the cocktail we need to start off this brunch!

If where you live during this holiday season is warm, 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
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail Ingredients

Hot Cocktail For Cold Winter

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.

Definitely, if you love this hot cocktail sip, you’re sure to welcome another homemade hot cocktail I call Golden Milk Turmeric Cocktail.

How’s that for a yummy way to sip on that ole healthy turmeric!

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Vodka

When I entered the age of being served a cocktail, a peppermint drink was usually make with peppermint Schnapps.

I found the minty flavor refreshing, but also found the liquor had way too much sugar, almost syrupy. 

When peppermint vodka hit the scene, I had to test it out.

It had all the mint I wanted in the flavor, but without all the excess sugar.

Vodka, already flavored with peppermint, was going to be the perfect booze for my hot chocolate cocktail. 

Likewise, for peppermint hot chocolate without the booze, simply crush mint leaves with simple syrup and you’ve got a great non-alcohol version!

Peppermint Vodka For A Festive Minty Cocktail
Peppermint Vodka For A Festive Minty Cocktail

REAL Hot Chocolate For A Festive Hot Cocktail

Come on… who doesn’t enjoy a little Real Homemade 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.

It was simmered on top the stove until the milk was warm, the sugar dissolved and the cocoa blended. Yum.

The New Faces Of Milk

Milk, in my later years, took on a new face.

Almond milk, coconut milk, even oat milk and an entirely new profile of milks.

Warm milk of your choice, with chocolate, is simply a lovely drink, wouldn’t you agree?

Real Homemade Hot Chocolate
Real Homemade Hot Chocolate

Milk In My Hot Chocolate?

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

  • Almond milk – has been around for a long time, before it was sold in grocery stores, and very much a Middle Eastern extraction from almonds.
  • Oat milk is a drink made by processing oats in water. The flavor has that warm grain taste of oats.
  • Walnut milk, or any nut made into a milk is just like almond milk, with a variety of flavors coming from the nuts being used.
  • Sesame seed or hemp seed milk are both made by grinding the seeds and then steeping them in water to extract their oils and flavor.

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
Homemade Almond Milk

Peppermint In My Hot Chocolate Cocktail Or Mocktail

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. 

Homegrown Mint
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. 

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 Peppermint Candy Cane In Your Cocktail!

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

A candy cane is simply sugar and water, boiled into a hard candy to be formed. Flavorings can be a variety of extracts. 

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
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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Festive Cocktail

Peppermint hot chocolate cocktail, with peppermint vodka and homemade hot chocolate with your choice of milk.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • Small saucepan


  • 2 tbsp Cacao
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 4 cups Milk of your choice homemade almond milk
  • 2 shots Peppermint Vodka
  • 1/4 cup Whipped cream – for topping dairy or non-dairy
  • 1/2 oz Chocolate square – for topping
  • 2 Candy Canes – 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, about 5-minutes. Do Not Boil.
  • Pour into serving mugs.
    Stir in peppermint vodka.
    Top with whipped cream and a shave of chocolate.
  • Serve hot with a candy cane and enjoy!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Festive Cocktail
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Festive Cocktail
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