I know, I’m a little bit late to the party, but I just discovered the wonder that is the Peppermint Mocha Latte.
I was at Target a few weeks before Christmas, and I stopped into the Starbucks at the front of the store, prepared to order my usual favorite treat — a mocha latte. While I was waiting to place my order, I noticed the sign advertising the seasonal featured drink: peppermint mocha latte.
I tried the pumpkin variety earlier in the season and wasn’t impressed, but I like to live dangerously so I ordered the peppermint mocha on a whim.
Man, oh MAN, was that ever good!!!
For some reason, they don’t have the peppermint mocha when it’s not Christmastime, or at least it’s not on the menu. Maybe if I asked sweetly they would whip one up for me, I don’t know. But I decided to try to make a copycat recipe at home.
I consulted my favorite search engine: Pinterest. Yes, Pinterest is a bona fide search engine now. Watch out, Google!
I don’t have peppermint syrup on hand, nor did I feel like making it, but I DID notice a small bottle of mint extract in my baking cabinet. Score!
After a few experiments (it’s a tough job, y’all) I came up with this recipe.
I’ve been enjoying one almost every day. It’s my little treat to myself before the kids get home from school.
If you don’t care for the peppermint flavor, you can omit that and then you have a classic mocha latte. I happen to have an instant espresso maker so I go ahead and make espresso to put in my latte, but you can just make up some extra strong coffee if you prefer. I also don’t have a milk frother, but if you do, that will make it more legit. I just use a wire whisk to make the milk frothy while it’s heating up on the stove.
- 1 tbsp cocoa
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup espresso or super strong coffee
- 1/4 tsp pure mint extract
- In a saucepan, whisk cocoa, sugar, milk and mint extract together over medium heat. Whisk briskly until hot, working up a froth.
- Meanwhile, prepare espresso in a mug. Pour hot milk/cocoa mixture into espresso. Top with whip cream if desired.