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Iced Peppermint Mocha Recipe

Love all the flavors of Starbucks but don’t want to get out of the house to get your own? This is why this Iced Peppermint Mocha recipe is the best! Loaded with that sweet minty flavor that we all love and crave with the boost of added caffeine! The perfect winter drink for any occasion.

It’s safe to say that making drinks from the Starbucks drink menu can be quite an addictive hobby. Not only does Starbucks know what they’re doing, but they have such a variety to choose from as well.

If you’re ready to treat your tastebuds and your wallet to a bit of break, give this Iced Peppermint Mocha recipe a try. When you don’t have to get out in the cold to get this drink, you’re going to love having this copycat drink recipe on hand.

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Whipped cream and crushed peppermint on top of drink in a jar.

In just 15 minutes of time, this tasty peppermint mocha recipe will be ready and waiting. While the printable recipe below makes just one cup, double it up and spoil yourself or share with family and friends!

A piping hot cup of mocha with peppermint extract is what the winter season is all about. Grab a good book, snuggle up in front of the fireplace, and sip away on this delicious iced peppermint mocha latte!

Why You’ll Love This Starbucks Copycat Peppermint Mocha

  • Crazy fast to create – Just 15 minutes of time!
  • Extra boost of caffeine for energy
  • Fun peppermint flavoring perfect for the holidays

The best part about making this Starbucks peppermint mocha latte copycat recipe is that it’s literally a fraction of the cost of what you’d buy at the store! Filling your belly with great flavors while leaving your pocketbook full of cash is a winning recipe time and time again.

This Easy Peppermint Mocha recipe is perfect for days that you just want to lounge around the house with your snuggly socks on. I like to add a bit more whipped cream on top to really indulge and sometimes I’ll sprinkle on some extra chocolate chips as well.

Ingredients needed to make starbucks copycat drink.

Iced Peppermint Mocha Ingredients

For full recipe ingredients and info, please see the recipe card below.

Peppermint Syrup Ingredients:

  • sugar
  • water
  • peppermint extract

Other Ingredients:

  • powered baking cocoa
  • warm water
  • hot espresso
  • peppermint extract 
  • steamed milk

Tools Needed

Espresso Machine

DeLonghi EC155 15 Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Black
  • Note: 1)Too coarse a grind, too little coffee, or insufficiently tamping the grounds before brewing can all lead to inadequate pressure for a proper brew. 2)It is important to note that the amount of espresso extracted will vary depending on the grind size and amount and reprogramming may be needed when the size and amount are adjusted

Saucepan

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Wooden Spoon

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Measuring Cups and Spoons

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  • 【Premium Material】The measuring cups set made of food-grade stainless steel and PP plastic, 100% rust-resistant, no BPA. which is safe to use for both dry and wet ingredients.

Mixing Bowl

FINEDINE Mixing Bowls with Lids - 5 Deep Nesting Mixing Bowls for Kitchen Storage - Silver Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set - Large Mixing Bowl for Cooking Food, Baking, Breading, Salad or Meal Prep
  • AIRTIGHT LIDS - This stainless steel bowl set comes with airtight, BPA-free lids that provide an easy, non-slip grip on each container. Perfect for pouring batter, kneading dough, tossing salads, whisking eggs and more.

Stirring Spoon

2-Pack 12 Inches Stainless Steel Bartender Mixing Spoon Cocktail Stirrers, Spiral Pattern Bar Spoon Stirring Spoon with Long Handle
  • 12" LONG SPOON: thin size fits basically any cup size, great length for deep container, taller pitcher, carafes, glass and cocktails. Dishwasher Safe

Mason Jar for Serving

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Ball Regular Mouth 16-Ounces Mason Jar with Lids and Bands (12-Units), 12-Pack, AS SHOWN
  • Regular mouth glass preserving mason jar. Regular mouth lids. Regular mouth bands.

How To Make Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Latte Copycat Recipe

For full instructions, please see the recipe card below.

  1. Add water and sugar to saucepan and bring to a boil, making sure to stir well and continue to stir to prevent it from burning. 
  2. Once it has started to boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and wait until it’s no longer boiling, then add in half of your peppermint extract. Stir everything together well.
  3. Leave this mixture on low and use a small bowl to mix together your warm water and baking cocoa to create a paste.
  4. Add espresso to your paste mixture, and then the remaining peppermint extract. 
  5. Add your paste, your desired amount of syrup (we like to use 1 tablespoon), and your steamed milk to your iced mason jar. Stir and drink as is, or with whipped cream and crushed up candy canes!

Recipe Variations

No peppermint extract? You can try and use creme de menthe instead.

Not a fan of candy canes? Leave them out and crush up mint chocolate on top instead.

Want to make this kid-friendly? If you’re not wanting your kids to have a loaded dose of caffeine, we totally get that! You can use hot chocolate mix instead of espresso for them.

Make this hot or cold– Either serve it over ice or serve it as a hot latte.

Adjust flavors– add more or less peppermint extract, add simple syrup, regular sugar or sugar alternatives and you can use flavored creamers to bring other flavors to your mint mocha drink.

Tips and Tricks

  • Using an espresso machine to make your espresso ahead of time makes this recipe a little faster. But if you don’t have espresso, you can use EXTRA strong coffee, it may change the taste a little.
  • Use your espresso machine to steam your milk, if you have no machine, you can microwave your milk.
  • Use fresh coffee beans for the best flavor.
Finished jar of peppermint mocha starbucks inspired drink in a jar with ingredients surrounding it.

Can You Make Hot Espresso From Scratch?

You can! If you have an espresso machine, that would be the easiest but if you don’t, you can use a French press to make hot espresso at home.

Follow the directions so that it works with your machines but rest easy knowing that it’s a simple process of hot water and coffee grounds.

You’ll have expresso in no time at all!

How Hard Is It To Make A Skinny Peppermint Mocha?

Having a “skinny” drink just basically means that you’re making it healthier by cutting down the fat content and calories. That means that you’ll limit the whipped cream, and the candy canes, and just focus more on the peppermint extract addition for the flavoring.

What Does Starbucks Put In Peppermint Mocha?

They use mocha syrup in their recipe as well as peppermint syrup as well. The version that you buy at Starbucks also has chocolate curls loaded on top.

Looking down on whipped cream on top of mocha drink.

How Many Peppermint Mint Mochas Does This Make?

This yummy mint dink recipe only makes one 16 ounce drink, but you can split it in half to share or just make the recipe again! It’s that fast and simple.

How Long Is This Recipe Good For?

We recommend you enjoy this recipe as soon as it’s made. So, make it, serve it in your Mason Jar and enjoy. If making the iced mint mocha, try to enjoy it before the ice cubes melt and start watering down your minty drink.

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Peppermint Mocha in a jar with whipped cream and straw.

Starbucks Copycat Iced Peppermint Mocha

Mason Jar Recipe
This Starbucks Copycat Peppermint Mocha is such a great drink for the cold weather season.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 16 ounces

Ingredients
  

Peppermint syrup:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract

Remaining ingredients to make your mocha:

  • 3 Tablespoons powdered baking cocoa
  • 3 Tablespoons warm water
  • ½ cup hot espresso
  • 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 ½ cups steamed milk

Instructions
 

  • Add water and sugar to saucepan and bring to a boil, making sure to stir well and continue to stir to prevent it from burning.
  • Once it has started to boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and wait until it’s no longer boiling, then add in half of your peppermint extract. Stir everything together well.
  • Leave this mixture on low and use a small bowl to mix together your warm water and baking cocoa to create a paste.
  • Add espresso to your paste mixture, and then the remaining peppermint extract.
  • Add your paste, your desired amount of syrup (we like to use 1 tablespoon), and your steamed milk to your iced mason jar. Stir and drink as is, or with whipped cream and crushed up candy canes!
Keyword Starbucks Copycat Peppermint Mocha
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