My Starbucks-inspired Iced Peppermint Mocha features a rich, deeply chocolatey mocha balanced with a refreshing burst of peppermint, served chilled for an added layer of wintry goodness. Not only is this holiday favorite deliciously decadent — it’s also incredibly easy to whip up with just four simple ingredients!
Imagine combining the cozy warmth of the holiday season with the invigorating chill of your favorite iced coffee. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, dream no more! I'm thrilled to share my delightful peppermint mocha iced coffee drink for a fun, festive twist on a traditional iced mocha.
With just four ingredients and a few simple steps, you can whip up your own perfect version of this chocolate peppermint iced coffee in no time. And guess what? You can make both the decadent chocolate sauce and the zingy peppermint syrup from scratch!
Not only will you impress your friends and family with your barista skills, but you’ll ALSO avoid all the weird preservatives and artificial ingredients store-bought syrups use.
Whether you're looking to add a little pep to your step (see what I did there? 😉) or just craving a sweet treat, this minty Starbucks iced mocha recipe has you covered. Ready to turn your kitchen into the best coffee shop in town? Let’s go! ☕🎄✨
- What is an iced peppermint mocha?
- What does it taste like?
- Why You’ll Love This Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mocha Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- How To Make An Iced Peppermint Mocha
- Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Success Tips
- Homemade Iced Peppermint Mocha Nutrition
- Other Starbucks Holiday Drink Recipes
- Iced Peppermint Mocha (Starbucks Copycat)
What is an iced peppermint mocha?
Consider this frosty beverage a joyful holiday parade for your tastebuds. It starts with rich, velvety mocha – a dreamy blend of chocolate and coffee that's already a match made in heaven. Then, we add a splash of peppermint, turning every sip into a refreshing, minty wonderland.
This Starbucks copycat drink is a delightful mix of contrasting experiences: the indulgent flavor of melted dark chocolate, the bold kick of coffee, and the bright, lively zing of peppermint flavor, all chilled over ice for an extra cool kick. It's the kind of treat that makes you think of twinkling lights and festive cheer, no matter the time of year.
What does it taste like?
Picture a chocolatey river, rich and smooth, flowing with the deepest, most luxurious cocoa flavors. Then, as if by magic, a playful swirl of peppermint sweeps in, like a sprinkle of fluffy snowflakes you catch on your tongue.
Each sip is like biting into a York Peppermint Patty – that exhilarating burst of cool, minty freshness perfectly entwined with smooth, creamy chocolate. The ice adds a crisp finish, ensuring this caffeinated concoction is as refreshing as a walk through a snowy, starlit night.
Why You’ll Love This Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mocha Recipe
Whether you're a coffee enthusiast, a chocolate lover, or just someone who appreciates a little extra sparkle in their day, this iced mint mocha recipe is sure to win your heart. Here's why:
- It’s easy on your wallet! Get all the flavors you crave without the steep Starbucks peppermint mocha price.
- There are no artificial ingredients. Making both the mocha sauce and peppermint syrup from scratch means you know exactly what’s going into your drink – no hidden nasties, just pure deliciousness!
- It’s customizable — without the upcharges. Whether you like it extra chocolatey, a tad more minty, or with a different kind of milk, this peppermint mocha iced coffee recipe is wonderfully adaptable to suit your personal preference.
As promised, you only need a handful of ingredients to make an iced peppermint mocha Starbucks would be envious of. Here’s what to grab:
- Whole Milk - Unless otherwise specified in your order, whole milk is what Starbucks uses as a default for this holiday sipper.
- Mocha Sauce - For super rich chocolatey flavor that seamlessly blends into your iced coffee.
- Peppermint Syrup - My homemade version is made with just sugar, water, and peppermint extract in only few minutes!
- Espresso - For bold coffee flavor and a boost of energy.
- Whipped Cream & Crushed Candy Canes - While these garnishes are totally optional, they’re enough of a treat to make me feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
Need to trade out an ingredient? Not to worry. Here are some simple substitutions worth trying:
- Whole Milk - Feel free to swap in the dairy or plant-based milk of your choice! If you’re opting for vegan milk, I suggest sticking to unsweetened plain, vanilla, or chocolate varieties to prevent the sugar content from going off the rails.
- Mocha Sauce - You’re welcome to use a basic store-bought chocolate syrup (e.g. Hershey’s Simply 5) instead. Alternatively, consider using a chocolate powder like hot cocoa or Ovaltine.
- Peppermint Syrup - You can make my homemade version sugar-free by swapping in a cup-for-cup sugar alternative. You’re also welcome to experiment with different flavors of mint (e.g. spearmint or wintergreen) syrup.
- Espresso - 8 ounces of strongly brewed coffee or cold brew are great subs to try.
How To Make An Iced Peppermint Mocha
This recipe for peppermint mocha on ice comes together in just a few minutes. Here’s how:
Step 1: Flavor Milk. In a small mason jar or container, stir together the milk, mocha sauce, and peppermint syrup with a whisk or milk frother. Set aside.
Step 2: Brew Espresso. Add ice to a tall glass, then pour the espresso over the ice.
Step 3: Pour the chocolate peppermint milk over the espresso and stir.
Step 4: Garnish & Serve. Top your drink with a dollop of whipped cream and/or crushed candy canes if desired. Drink up!
Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
When you make your own coffee shop drinks at home, you can rest assured there's a variation for everyone. Let's explore some delicious twists on this classic recipe:
- Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha - Swap the dark chocolate sauce for white chocolate sauce to add a creamy, dreamy twist. It's like a snowy, minty wonderland in a cup!
- Hot Peppermint Mocha - Craving coziness? Serve it hot! This version is like a warm hug on a chilly day, perfect for snuggling up with your favorite book.
- Skinny - Watching your waistline? Opt for skim milk or almond milk, and a sugar-free syrup. You’ll get all the flavor without the guilt!
- Plant-Based - Make your peppermint mocha vegan by swapping in the dairy-free milk and whipped cream of your choice.
- Peppermint Mocha Frappe - Blend your coffee drink with a scoop of ice cream for a frosty milkshake-coffee hybrid you’re sure to love.
- Peppermint Mocha Martini - Add one shot of espresso, plus the mocha sauce and peppermint syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add 1.5 ounces of vodka and 1.5 ounces of Irish cream, then shake and strain into a martini glass for an adults only beverage that’s festive AF!
- Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew - Use cold brew instead of espresso for a smoother, less acidic version that's super refreshing.
Wondering how to fit this refreshing chocolate treat into your winter plans? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Holiday Shopping Break: After a day of holiday shopping and errands, relax and recharge with an iced peppermint mocha. Pair it with a holiday-themed sandwich or a seasonal salad for a light yet rejuvenating meal.
- Winter Morning Pick-Me-Up: Start your frosty mornings with this frosty beverage alongside a warm, buttery croissant or a fruit-filled Danish to wake up your senses and get you ready for the day.
- Post-Sledding or Apres-Ski Refreshment: After an exhilarating day of sledding or skiing, welcome everyone back home with this chilled, minty treat. Pair it with warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies or brownies, offering a comforting and indulgent way to wind down.
- Holiday Decorating Companion: Playing Mrs. Claus isn't for the faint of heart! Enjoy your frosty peppermint mocha to keep the cheer alive as you deck the halls and check off your to-dos.
Recipe Success Tips
Here are a few tips to ensure your Starbucks peppermint mocha iced espresso drink comes out just like it would at the coffee shop:
- Chill Your Coffee First: To avoid a watered-down mocha, make sure your coffee is cool before adding it to your drink. You can brew it ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge (or use a Hyperchiller), or use cold brew coffee as an alternative.
- Use Coffee Ice: To prevent dilution, you can also use ice made from coffee!
- Homemade Whipped Cream: For an extra special touch, top your pepperminty mocha with homemade whipped cream. It’s easy to make and adds a serious dose of luxury.
- Garnish Wisely: A sprinkle of cocoa powder, a few chocolate shavings, or crushed peppermint candies not only enhance the flavor but also make your drink visually appealing.
Heck yeah it is! The cool temp helps to emphasize the frosty flavor of the mint, making it ideal for cooling down on a warm winter’s day.
If you go to Starbucks, you’ll get 3, 4, or 5 pumps each of peppermint syrup and mocha sauce in a tall, grande, or venti peppermint mocha. In this homemade version, I use liquid measures like cups and tablespoons to make it easier to dose out. Feel free to adjust how much you use based on your personal preferences!
It sure does! That said, you’re welcome to make a peppermint chocolate milk by omitting the coffee. It’s a delicious treat that even the kiddos can enjoy!
While I can’t speak for all recipes, my peppermint mocha is totally gluten-free. Just be sure to prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen if you’re serving it to someone with celiac.
Homemade Iced Peppermint Mocha Nutrition
I'm all for indulging in delicious treats, especially when they taste as good as this, but it's always nice to know what we're sipping on, right? Each glass of this minty-chocolatey goodness comes with about 297 calories. While it's definitely more indulgent than a plain cuppa joe, it's not going to bust your calorie bank.
There's a total of 8 grams of fat from the whole milk, which helps give our mocha its creamy and luxurious feel. You’re welcome to dial it back with a lighter milk option. And don’t forget, you also get 8 grams of protein – not too shabby for a delightful cup of holiday cheer! Note that the protein content might change depending on which type of milk you use. Feel free to add an extra muscle-building boost with a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
With 55 grams of carbohydrates and 49 grams of sugar in each cup, it's definitely on the sweeter side. So, when you're in the mood to treat yourself, try this little celebration in a glass. This special indulgence is ideal for when you want to add a little extra sparkle to your day.
Total nutritional content per serving (without whipped cream or candy cane) is:
- Calories: 297 calories
- Total Fat: 8 grams
- Protein: 8 grams
- Sodium: 92 mg
- Carbohydrates: 55 grams
- Sugar: 49 grams
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
Other Starbucks Holiday Drink Recipes
Iced Peppermint Mocha (Starbucks Copycat)
- In a small jar or container, stir together the milk, mocha sauce, and peppermint syrup with a whisk or milk frother. Set aside.
- Add ice to a tall glass, then pour the espresso over the ice.
- Pour the chocolate peppermint milk over the espresso and stir.
- Garnish with whipped cream and/or crushed candy canes if desired. Drink up!