DIY Recipe: Peppermint Mocha

DIY Recipe: Peppermint Mocha

Kathryn Hill
Dec 15, 2009
Trying to save a little extra money over the holidays but still want your Peppermint Mocha fix from Starbucks? Well, this isn't an exact recipe, but it comes close, and costs a lot less! I don't even have an espresso maker - I just use a stovetop espresso maker like this one. I also did not want to buy a bottle of peppermint syrup as it would take me forever to go through one, so instead I made peppermint simple syrup, and this worked out fine. I had a little bit of the peppermint simple syrup leftover, and put that in some bourbon to make a quasi-julep, and it was yummy. DIY Peppermint Mocha Makes 1 drink 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 3 tablespoons powdered cocoa - run it through a sifter or fine wire strainer to remove lumps 3 tablespoons warm water 1/2 cup hot espresso 1 1/2 cups hot milk or soy milk (you can microwave it or heat it on the stovetop.) Whipped cream (optional) In a small saucepan, stir together the water and sugar, bringing to a soft boil, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add the peppermint extract, and simmer for 20 minutes. In a large mug add the cocoa and water and mix together until a creamy paste forms. Add the espresso on top, then 1 1/2 teaspoon of the peppermint simple syrup, and stir to mix. Top the mug off with the hot milk and stir. If desired, add whipped cream. Enjoy! Related: DIY Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte (Just Like Starbucks!) (Image: Kathryn Hill) Posted originally from: TheKitchn
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