It's officially my favorite time of the year....the Christmas season! We decorated the day after Thanksgiving and I'm enjoying the festive white lights every evening. My perfect winter drink is a Starbuck's Peppermint Mocha. But, when I'm cozy at home and it's cold outside, I don't always want to bundle up and head out for coffee. I was excited when I came across a copycat recipe I could make at home, and I was even more excited when I tried it! It's so close the real thing (and a lot less expensive, too!)
3 tablespoons powdered rich hot cocoa (I use Ghirardelli hot chocolate)
3 tablespoons hot water
1 1/2 tablespoons peppermint syrup (Do not try to substitute mint extract.)
1 serving of espresso (I use our small stovetop Bialetti to prepare the espresso)
1 small mug of warm 1% milk (I just heat it up in the microwave)
red sugar crystals
Warm the milk in the microwave in a small mug or on the stovetop.
Place hot cocoa powder in the bottom of a large mug. Add the hot water and stir to combine well, dissolve the hot cocoa powder, and make a thick chocolate syrup. Stir in the espresso. Add the warm milk & peppermint syrup and stir together.
If you want to make your drink more festive, add whipped cream & sprinkle with red sugar crystals.