Last Updated on October 12, 2022 by laurenpacek
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This Iced Peppermint Mocha is an excellent Starbucks copycat recipe. It's sweet, chocolatey, and refreshingly minty. Save yourself some money as well as time in the drive thru by making your own Starbucks drinks at home!
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What is an Iced Peppermint Mocha?
A Peppermint Mocha is a hot espresso drink popularized by Starbucks. It's made up of hot espresso, mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, and steamed milk. An Iced Peppermint Mocha is made with all of the aforementioned ingredients, but is served over ice. And the milk is cold, not steamed.
It's a sweet coffee beverage that's full of mint chocolate flavors. It's delicious all the time, but is particularly good during the Winter holiday months. In fact, it's a seasonal beverage Starbucks. So you can only get it during that time of year.
However! If you make your own, you can enjoy it year round.
You only need a few ingredients to make a really great iced peppermint mocha latte. Check out the photo below and we'll talk through the ingredients.
- Chocolate sauce: Use a good quality chocolate sauce. I opted for the dark chocolate Torani syrup, but you can use anything that you like.
- Mint simple syrup: You can use a store bought or homemade mint simple syrup. It's so easy to make your own, that I recommend making a homemade batch. You can also use store bought or homemade peppermint syrup, as well. Mint syrup is made with fresh mint, while peppermint syrup is made with peppermint extract.
- Espresso: When making this recipe, ideally you'll use espresso made using an espresso machine. I have a Nespresso Vertuo, and love it. The next best option would be to use really strong coffee.
- Milk: You can use whatever kind of milk that you prefer for this latte. I'm an oat milk kinda gal, but if you like cow's milk or almond milk (or some other variety), feel free to use those.
- Optional garnishes: If you're feeling like it, you can garnish your latte with some whipped cream and/or additional chocolate sauce.
How do you make an Iced Peppermint Mocha?
You'll start out by filling a glass (or whatever you plan to drink out of) with ice. Set it aside for a second.
Next, put your chocolate sauce and and mint simple syrup into the bottom of a small cup. Brew your espresso over top of the chocolate and simple syrup. I find that brewing the hot espresso directly over the chocolate sauce enables the chocolate sauce to incorporate with the espresso pretty seamlessly.
Next, pour the espresso, chocolate sauce, and simple syrup into the prepared cup over ice. It will cool down pretty rapidly.
After that, top everything off with whatever milk you like. I almost exclusively use oat milk, but I've also used almond milk and cow's milk. It's all good.
Next, give everything a stir with your straw. That will help to incorporate the espresso/chocolate with the milk.
If you wanted, you could also top everything off with some whipped cream and a little chocolate sauce.
Other iced latte recipes
- Iced Vanilla Latte from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Maple Latte from Et Food Voyage
- Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Caramel Latte from Pumpkin 'n Spice
- Iced Lattes from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Honey Oat Milk Latte from Coffee at Three
FAQs/Tips and tricks
You still have a couple of options. You can use some really strong coffee (probably the next best choice) or instant espresso (not the first recommended choice, but could work in a pinch).
In short: whatever you like. I have used oat milk (Oatly and/or Chobani full fat/extra creamy) and 2% cow's milk. Both have worked beautifully. Though I haven't tried it, I imagine that almond milk would work well, too.
Sure! You'll want to omit the ice and warm and froth whatever milk you're using, instead of adding it in cold.
Yes! It's intended to be a Starbucks copycat recipe, so it will taste like the iced peppermint mocha that you get from Sbux.
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- 1 ounce chocolate sauce
- 1 ounce mint simple syrup
- 2 shots espresso (about 2 ounces)
- 1 cup ice, approximate
- ¾ cup milk of choice
- whipped cream and chocolate sauce, for garnish (optional)
- Put the chocolate sauce and mint simple syrup in a small cup. Brew the espresso over the sauce and syrup. Stir to combine.
- Pour the espresso mixture over ice.
- Top with milk of choice.
- Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 995Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 233gFiber: 2gSugar: 211gProtein: 8g