Creamy Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail

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If you’re looking for a festive cocktail to get you in the holiday mood, this creamy Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail is perfect!

It’s easy to make and tastes delicious. It’s also a great cocktail to ring in the new year!

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Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Peppermint is a classic seasonal flavor and it can be used not only in desserts but in cocktails too.

In this recipe, we have used peppermint schnapps, vodka, and white chocolate liqueur, along with milk and coffee creamer to create a deliciously creamy and cool drink.

Whether you’re looking for a festive drink to enjoy while sitting by the fire or to serve at your holiday parties, this is definitely the cocktail recipe you need!

Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail Recipe
           

Ingredients Used In This Cocktail

For your convenience, I’ve linked any specialized ingredients needed for this recipe to Amazon below.

  • Peppermint Schnappsa clear, peppermint-flavored liqueur. You do not want to use Creme de Menthe in this cocktail as it is green!
  • White Chocolate Liqueur we used Godiva, but there are other brands available, even supermarket brands for when you are on a budget.
  • Vodkawe used SKYY, but you can use your favorite brand.
  • Peppermint Mocha Creamer this is optional, you can use regular cream (or creamer) instead if you like.
  • Milk – we use full-fat (whole) milk
  • Milk Chocolate Chipsfor the glass rim
  • Crushed Candy Canesfor the glass rim. You can buy these ready crushed, but if you can’t source them, simply place some candy canes into a food bag and smash them into small pieces with a rolling pin and mallet.

This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.

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Ingredients for Peppermint Mocha Cocktail

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Creamy Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail

Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail Variations

I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, like how to turn the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!

Virgin Peppermint Mocha Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)

So that non-drinkers can enjoy this peppermint-flavored drink we simply remove the alcohol and replace it!

In a cocktail shaker, shake together:

5 oz Milk
1 oz Peppermint Syrup
1 oz White Chocolate Syrup
2 oz Peppermint Mocha Cream (optional)

I haven’t made the mocktail version, so I recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.

For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic vodka alternatives. Strykk is a brand that has a variety of non-alcoholic spirits, including Not Vodka.

Simply use the non-alcoholic alternatives instead of the alcoholic ones in the recipe card.

Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail For a Crowd

It’s easy to make a big batch of this peppermint vodka cocktail for a larger gathering!

As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.,) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.

Simply stir together the following ingredients:

1 part Vodka
2 parts Milk
2 parts Peppermint Schnapps
2 parts White Chocolate Liqueur
2 parts Peppermint Mocha Cream (optional)

Serve the large batch cocktail in drinks dispensers, or pitchers, or go really retro and serve from a punch bowl! Whichever container best suits your event (and the drink!).

Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving container of choice to keep the cocktail chilled.

Prepare crushed candy cane-rimmed glasses in advance, or leave out some mini candy canes to be used as a garnish.

When setting up your bar serving area, you could include:

           
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This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

How Do I Make Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktails?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail

Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you're looking for a festive cocktail to get you in the holiday mood, this creamy Peppermint Mocha Vodka Cocktail is perfect!

Ingredients

For Glass Rim

  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Crushed Candy Canes

For the Cocktail

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Milk
  • 2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 oz White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 2 oz Peppermint Mocha Cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. To add a crushed candy cane rim to the glass, melt some mini chocolate chips in the microwave in 10-second bursts, stirring in between, until they are melted and smooth.
  2. Place the crushed candy canes into a shallow dish.
  3. Dip the rim of a glass into the melted chocolate, then dip the glass into the crushed candy canes.
  4. Place the glass in the refrigerator for the chocolate to set while mixing the cocktail.
  5. For the cocktail, pour the milk, peppermint schnapps, white chocolate liqueur, vodka, and peppermint mocha creamer (if using) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Pouring Ingredients into Cocktail Shaker
  6. Shake for 15-30 seconds to combine well.
  7. Strain the cocktail into the rimmed glass.
  8. Garnish with a mini candy cane. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1548Total Fat: 64gSaturated Fat: 40gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 161gFiber: 6gSugar: 140gProtein: 17g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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