Treat Guests To A Beloved Holiday Staple

The holiday season is steeped in tradition. Many traditions are decades if not centuries old, while others do not have such lengthy histories. One younger tradition that many people cannot go without during the holiday season is centered around a wildly popular beverage made at an equally well-liked coffeehouse chain.

The peppermint mocha was introduced to Starbucks® customers during the 2002 holiday season. The beverage became something of an instant classic and is now served at more than 30,000 stores across the globe.

Holiday hosts can bring the peppermint mocha into their own homes this holiday season thanks to Starbucks®. Though Starbucks® notes the following DIY recipe for the “Peppermint Mocha” isn’t the official recipe, it can help holiday hosts impress their guests and satisfy their cravings for this beloved beverage should families find themselves snowed in during their holiday gatherings this year.

DIY Peppermint Mocha
Makes one 12-ounce beverage

1 fluid ounce coffee or 1 shot
espresso, such as Starbucks
Christmas Blend or Starbucks
Espresso Roast Coffee
1⁄2 cup milk (or dairy alternative)
2 tablespoons peppermint-flavored syrup
3 tablespoons mocha sauce
Whipped Cream
Dark chocolate or shaving

1. On a stovetop, heat milk on medium setting. Whisk the milk to make foam about 30 seconds. Set aside. (Or, use an electric milk frother at home if you have one.)

2. Pour two tablespoons chocolate sauce and two tablespoons peppermint syrup into bottom of 12-ounce or larger coffee mug.

3. Add one shot of brewed espresso. (Don’t have an espresso machine? Make concentrated coffee by using less water in an alternative brewing method.)

4. Fill mug with steamed milk.

5. Top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings.
Preparation time: 10 minutes

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