A Peppermint Mocha Latte with Peppermint Simple Syrup is a delicious holiday coffee that you can make year-round at home! With flavors of chocolate and mint, this latte tastes like Christmas!
Can you believe Christmas is less than a month away? If you are trying to get in the Christmas spirit, I have the perfect drink for you. This Peppermint Mocha Latte tastes like it is from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Warm, chocolately with a hint of mint, you (and Santa) will love this holiday coffee.
Looking for a boozy coffee option? Try this Kentucky Coffee with Maple Simple Syrup. Made with cold brew, a homemade simple syrup and bourbon, this is truly a refreshing coffee cocktail for the busiest of Christmas days. Need a different latte flavor? Try this delicious Warm Apple Pie Latte. Sweetened with apple butter and maple syrup, this latte tastes like a homemade slice of apple pie in a glass!
Coffee Drink Details
Level of Difficulty: Easy! Prepare the simple syrup ahead of time. Brew your coffee or espresso. Warm your milk. Mix everything together and you have a Peppermint Mocha Latte!
Flavor: This holiday coffee tastes like a Peppermint Pattie. It is the perfect mix of chocolate, peppermint and caffeine.
Time: If you prepare the Peppermint Simple Syrup ahead of time, it will take about 5 minutes to mix this latte. The Peppermint Simple Syrup takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then requires time to cool.
Ingredients and Substitutions: Latte & Peppermint Simple Syrup
- Espresso or Strongly Brewed Coffee: If you do not have an espresso maker, brew your coffee on the 'Strong' setting. I like to use the Lewes Beach Roast from Coffee Rendezbrew. The chocolate flavor in the coffee enhances the mocha flavor.
- Chocolate Almond Milk: If you do not have pre-made Chocolate Almond Milk, make your own! Add chocolate syrup to any kind of milk until you are satisfied with the chocolatey taste.
- Peppermint Simple Syrup
- Espresso Powder: This ingredient is optional. Adding a little espresso powder to the latte enhances the coffee flavor.
- White Sugar
- Mint Flavored Sugar: This ingredient is also optional but adds a little extra mint flavor to the latte. I like to use this Mint To Be Sugar.
- Peppermint Extract: Find this in the baking aisle.
Let's Make This Holiday Coffee At Home!
- Brew the espresso or coffee. If making coffee, remember to choose the 'Strong' option on your coffee maker.
- Stir the Peppermint Simple Syrup into your coffee.
- Heat the Chocolate Almond Milk over low heat or add to the microwave for 1 minute. If using espresso powder, stir the powder into the milk.
- Once Chocolate Almond Milk is warm, pour half of the milk over the espresso or coffee.
- Using a handheld frother, froth the remaining milk until double in size and pour on top of latte.
How to Make Peppermint Simple Syrup
Peppermint Simple Syrup is used to give the latte it's mint flavor. Simple Syrup is very easy to make at home and is basically sugar water that has been thickened into a syrup. It can be flavored with different extracts, syrups or even nuts! Here is how to make Peppermint Simple Syrup at home.
- Add white sugar and the mint flavored sugar (if using) to a small pot on the stove. Turn heat to medium and mix together the sugars and water.
- Bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes until the syrup thickens.
- Add the peppermint extract. Stir in and allow to simmer for one more minute.
- Remove from heat. Allow the syrup to cool.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
Peppermint Mocha Latte toppings
All good holiday coffees need good toppings! Top your Peppermint Mocha Latte with:
- Whipped Cream! You could even make a peppermint flavored whipped cream at home by adding some peppermint extract to homemade whipped cream.
- Chocolate Syrup! All mocha lattes need more chocolate, right?
- Crushed Candy Canes! Crushed candy canes add a little zest, pizzazz and peppermint flavoring to your latte
- What will you top your latte with?!
What is a Mocha Latte?
A mocha latte is a latte that is contains chocolate syrup. In this Peppermint Mocha Latte, we use Chocolate Almond Milk to get the mocha flavor.
Make a Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte
To make this is a 'Skinny' or 'Healthy' Peppermint Mocha Latte, use Unsweetened Almond Milk instead of Chocolate Almond Milk and add chocolate syrup to the milk. You can measure the syrup to be sure that you are sticking to the serving size. To keep the latte skinny, do not top with whipped cream or chocolate syrup.
Make it Iced!
To make an Iced Peppermint Mocha Latte, simply let the coffee or espresso come to room temperature or chill in the refrigerator. Do not heat the Chocolate Almond Milk. Add all ingredients to a large cup with ice and enjoy!
What to Serve with a latte
I would love to enjoy this holiday coffee with cookies! Try one of these recipes:
- Roll Out Butter Cookies: The classic Christmas butter cookie! This cookie is rolled thin, made into fun shapes, decorated and baked. These cookies have been my Christmas tradition forever.
- Classic Peanut Butter Cookies: Peanut butter and chocolate go together hand in hand! Use the Peppermint Mocha Latte to wash down these thin, crunchy peanut butter cookies.
If you make this recipe, please leave a comment or tag @delmarvaliciousdishes on Instagram!
Peppermint Mocha Latte
- 1 Coffee Mug
- 1 Coffee/Espresso Maker
- 1 Small pot
- 1 Handheld Frother
- ⅓ cup Espresso or Strongly Brewed Coffee
- 1 cup Chocolate Almond Milk
- 1-2 tablespoon Peppermint Simple Syrup
- ½ tsp Espresso Powder Optional
Peppermint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup White Sugar
- ¼ cup Mint Flavored Sugar Optional
- 1 cup Water
- ½ teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- Add espresso or strongly roasted coffee to a mug.
- Stir desired amount of Peppermint Simple Syrup into espresso or coffee.
- Heat Almond Chocolate Milk in a small pot over medium low heat. Add espresso powder (if using) to milk and stir to combine.
- Once warm, pour half of the milk on top of coffee.
- Steam or froth remaining milk. Add to the top of the latte.
- Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup drizzles.
Peppermint Simple Syrup
- Add both sugars and water to a small pot over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil. Lower heat and allow mixture to simmer.
- Simmer for 5 minutes until sugars are combined and the syrup thickens.
- Add peppermint extract. Let simmer for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.