Peppermint Mocha Latte

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A cold weather favorite, peppermint, chocolate, and coffee are combined to create this delicious caffeinated drink.

About This Peppermint Mocha Latte

Try other Starbucks-inspired drinks like Salted Caramel Latte, Irish Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, and Gingerbread Latte.

Ingredient Notes

Step-by-Step Instructions

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Make cream topping.
    Peppermint syrup and heavy cream are whipped together to make the flavored cream topping using a handheld milk frother.
  2. Froth milk.
    Heat milk on the stovetop or microwave then use a French press to froth. Or use an electric milk frother that will heat and froth at the same time. If you have an espresso machine, use the steam wand to froth the milk.
  3. Assemble drink.
    Pour coffee into a cup and add frothed milk, peppermint syrup, and chocolate syrup. Top with cream topping.
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Expert Tips

  • Make it festive by garnishing the drink with chocolate syrup drizzle and crushed candy cane bits.
  • The chocolate syrup is heaviest so it’ll sink down to the bottom of the cup so make sure to stir before drinking.
  • Strong coffee can be made by using 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee for every cup of water in a coffee machine.
  • To make this drink with espresso, use 1-2 shots and steamed milk.

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Questions You May Have

How can I make this drink for kids?

Instead of coffee, stir peppermint syrup and chocolate syrup into a cup of warm or steamed milk.

How is this recipe different than the one at Starbucks?

Starbucks makes their Peppermint Mocha Latte with espresso instead of strong coffee, steamed milk, and use their own mocha sauce and peppermint syrup. Their drink is topped with dark chocolate curls.

What is mocha?

Mocha is chocolate flavored coffee. Without the chocolate syrup in the recipe, it would just be a peppermint latte.

Should I use homemade or store-bought chocolate syrup?

Homemade is definitely better but store-bought is easier.

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Peppermint Mocha Latte

Author: Jee Choe
Peppermint, chocolate, and coffee are combined to create this delicious drink.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving


Peppermint Mocha Latte

Peppermint Cream Topping

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint syrup


  • Make peppermint cream topping.
    Whip peppermint syrup and heavy cream using a handheld milk frother until it thickens. Soft peaks should form in just a few seconds.
  • Froth milk.
    Bring milk to a simmer on the stovetop, making sure it doesn't come to a boil since it can easily burn, or microwave it for 30 seconds. Pour heated milk into a French press, put the lid on, and move the plunger up and down, making sure to hold down the lid. Or, heat and froth milk at the same time using an electric milk frother. If you have an espresso machine, froth milk using the steam wand.
  • Assemble drink.
    Pour coffee into a cup and add frothed milk, peppermint syrup, and chocolate syrup. Top with cream topping. Garnish by drizzling on chocolate syrup and adding some crushed candy cane.


TO MAKE STRONG COFFEE: Use 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee to brew a strong cup in a coffee machine. If using a Nespresso or Keurig machine, use 1 pod or capsule to make 1 cup of coffee.
TO MAKE WITH ESPRESSO: Use 1-2 shots of espresso and 3/4 cup milk instead of 1/4 cup milk.


Calories: 518 | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 973IU | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg
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