Boozy Peppermint Mocha

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Boozy Peppermint Mocha is a great addition to your Christmas party.  Rich chocolate, bright peppermint, and that underlying alcohol that warms your body from the inside out combine to make this a new favorite.  Not just any hot chocolate or mocha, but one that is ideal for an added celebration.

Glass mug of boozy peppermint mocha

Boozy Peppermint Mocha

I love hot cocoa and will use any excuse I can to enjoy a nice hot mug.  The idea of adding a bit of peppermint vodka to the mix definitely has perks.  At the end of the day when the kids are in bed, I can indulge in a bit of this delicious mocha with zero guilt. Make this for yourself, and share with your spouse or your friends at the next adults-only holiday party.

Tall clear mug of boozy peppermint mocha

Make sure to check out this Dirty Irishman Cocktail, my Pumpkin White Russian Cocktail, or something from this list of Christmas Cocktail Recipes.

Can I Make This Kid-Friendly? 

If you want to have one mocha recipe for everyone, then leave out the vodka and liquor and replace it with chocolate milk or a bit more heavy cream.  This gives a thicker and richer cocoa experience that is delightful without being boozy.  You can always make one batch for the kids and one batch for the adults.

Up close glass of hot cocoa with peppermint vodka

Can I Make This Ahead and Reheat? 

If you need to save time for something like a holiday party, you can definitely make this ahead of time.  Prepare it up to the point of adding the alcohol.  At that point, you will allow it to cool, then you can pour it into a lidded container or jar and store it in the refrigerator.  Before serving, bring it back to the temperature in a saucepan.  Then you can add the liquors as directed and serve.

This is also a great recipe to prepare, pour into the slow cooker to keep warm, and then serve at a party.

Boozy Peppermint Mocha in a mug on a table with cookies


  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Peppermint extract
  • Chocolate liquor
  • Peppermint vodka

Holiday table with turtle cookies and boozy peppermint hot chocolate

How to Make Boozy Peppermint Mocha

In a medium saucepan, you will add the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water then stir to combine.  Bring the mixture to a boil stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Next, you will reduce the heat to medium, add in the milk, chocolate syrup, and cream.  Stir this together so everything is combined and heated through.

Now, you will remove the cocoa from the heat, add in the peppermint extract and liquors then stir.  Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.

Glass mug of boozy peppermint mocha
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Boozy Peppermint Mocha

A delicious combination of chocolates, cream, sugar, and peppermint vodka brings a wonderfully warm and soothing cocoa experience that everyone loves!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp Ghirardelli Chocolate Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • 1/8 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 3.5 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint extract
  • 6 oz Peppermint vodka
  • 4 oz Chocolate liquor


  • In a medium saucepan add the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water then stir until combined.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil stirring constantly to prevent sticking
  • Once the mixture is boiling, you will then reduce it to medium heat and stir in the milk, chocolate syrup, and cream. Continue stirring this until the mixture is heated through.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the peppermint extract, chocolate liquor, and peppermint vodka.
  • Pour the mixture into mugs, top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint then serve.

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Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 783IU | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 2mg


Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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