Chocolate and peppermint are perfect in any recipe but especially drinks. Add vodka and it's a party!
Why You'll Love This Drink
You only need two ingredients to make this chocolate peppermint mixed drink.
Well two ingredients and ice, if you consider ice an ingredient.
I assume if you’re in the US, which most of my readers are, that you’ve got ice in the freezer.
The holidays bring a lot of work and added stress. There are the presents to buy.
The house to decorate.
Lights to hang. Bulbs to replace.
Walkways to sand.
Carols to sing.
Cookies to bake.
Family members to entertain.
But, I’ve got a festive drink recipe for you that will make all that go away.
Ingredients You'll Need for a Chocolate Peppermint Martini
- Starbucks Chocolate Peppermint Espresso
- Garnishes like miniature peppermint candy canes or chocolate curls or sanding sugar
I found this Starbucks mix at Target but they also had it at Shaw’s Supermarket (Star’s Market).
If you can’t find it, you could substitute any chocolate and peppermint liquor.
Godiva makes one and so does DeKupyers.
This drink is a great finish to a meal instead of a traditional dessert.
Why Are Chocolate and Mint Such Besties?
I think chocolate and mint pair so well together because they're opposites.
Chocolate is deep and complex and lingers on the tongue.
Peppermint is light and crisp and refreshing.
How to Garnish a Chocolate Peppermint Martini
When you’re garnishing a drink, you generally want to stick with the flavors you’re putting in the drink itself, in this case, peppermint and chocolate.
- Miniature peppermint candy canes to hang off the side
- Crushed peppermint candies to attach to the rim.
- White crystal sugar
- Red crystal sugar
- Red and White crystal sugar
- Swirls of whipped cream dusted with peppermint bits
- Shave curls of chocolate from a candy bar to float on top of the drink
- If you’re going to use crushed peppermint candies or sugar to rim the drink, pour either one into a shallow dish or small plate.
- Six ounces Starbucks Chocolate Peppermint Espresso prepared drink mix
- Four ounces vodka (Absolut or Tito's or another decent brand)
- Garnishes (see note)
Fill a cocktail shaker or a mason jar with ice.
Add Peppermint Mocha Espresso and vodka.
Shake vigorously for at least two minutes or until shaker or jar is icy cold.
Pour into two rocks glasses or martini glasses.
Garnish with a miniature peppermint stick or chocolate curls.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 586Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 20mgSodium 70mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 3gSugar 44gProtein 7g
But, perhaps you're like one of my girlfriends who had a horrendous experience in college with Peppermint Schnapps and now you can't even stomach any mint of any kind, not even toothpaste so you've resigned yourself to a life of avoiding peppermint drinks and candies and you're brushing your teeth with Marvis Cinnamon Mint toothpaste? (affiliate link).
In that case, here are non-peppermint cocktail recipes for you.
Your turn: what's your favorite Christmas drink? Do you make anything extra special?