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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a quick and easy hot cocoa spiked with peppermint schnapps for a cozy party cocktail or the perfect night cap any night of the week.

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mug of cocoa topped with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and mint sprig on a wood board

Peppermint Hot Chocolate ~ Spiked Hot Cocoa

Quick and easy hot cocoa spiked with peppermint schnapps is sure to warm you right up on a cold day. Ready in about 5 minutes and perfect for sipping by the fire or cozied up on the couch with your favorite book. 

ingredients for spiked peppermint hot chocolate

Ingredients Needed:

  • Milk ~ Whole milk is best for rich and creamy hot chocolate.
  • Chocolate Syrup ~ I like Hersheys, Ghiradelli is really great too.
  • Peppermint Schnapps ~ Clear distilled spirit, made with grain alcohol and peppermint oil. Tasted just like a candy cane. Great for flavoring cocktails and holiday desserts.

Optional Garnishes:

  • Sweetened Whipped Cream or Cool Whip
  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Fresh Mint

hot cocoa in a cup with peppermint schnapps bottle

How to Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate:

adding chocolate syrup into a small pan with milk

  • In a saucepan add milk and chocolate syrup.

pan of milk and chocolate syrup

  • Place over low heat.

hot chocolate in a pan

  • Whisk until combined and heated through. Do not bring to a boil.

hot chocolate in a mug on a wood board with peppermint schnapps

  • Remove from heat and pour into one large mug or two small cups. 

pouring peppermint schnapps into hot chocolate with a jigger

  • Add peppermint schnapps, stir to combine.

overhead view of hot chocolate in a mug

  • Garnish with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and fresh mint if desired.

Double recipe as needed.

How to Make Peppermint Hot Chocolate without the Schnapps:

  • Use 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract in place of the peppermint schnapps for a no alcohol version. 

More Hot Cocktails to Keep you Warm:

Best Treats to Serve with Peppermint Hot Chocolate:

peppermint hot cocoa in a mug on a wood board with chocolate squares, fresh mint

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate is the perfect adult cocoa to serve as an after dinner treat or make it for a crowd during the holidays. A minty chocolate treat that is cozy and deliciously decadent. It is so simple to make that you really don’t need any occasion to enjoy it. 

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a quick and easy hot cocoa spiked with peppermint schnapps for a cozy party cocktail or the perfect night cap any night of the week.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time6 minutes
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: adult hot chocolate, peppermint cocoa, peppermint schnapps, spiked hot chocolate
Servings: 2 small drinks
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Milisa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces peppermint schnapps

optional garnishes

  • sweetened whipped cream or cool whip
  • shaved chocolate
  • fresh mint

Instructions

  • Pour milk into a small saucepan. Whisk in chocolate sauce and place over medium heat. Whisk continually until well combined and heated through, about 3- 5 minutes. Do not boil.
  • Pour into two small mugs or one large mug.
  • Add peppermint schnapps and stir to combine.
  • Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate and a sprig of mint if desired.

Notes

Double recipe as needed.
To make for a crowd: Mix milk, chocolate syrup and peppermint schnapps in to a crock pot. Cook on low heat for about an hour. Lower to warm until ready to serve. Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g

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