Peppermint and chocolate are synonymous with the holidays. Coffee shops are busy pouring peppermint mochas, so why not pour yourself a happy hour peppermint mocha martini at home?
Peppermint mocha martinis are a fun and festive dessert drink. I love serving these after dinner with some simple shortbread cookies that don't take away from the rich and creamy martini.
- Vodka - Choose your favorite vodka for this peppermint mocha martini, but be sure it's plain. There's a lot of flavor from other spirits in this recipe, so you don't need to add in an additional element with a flavored vodka.
- White creme de menthe - Peppermint schnapps will work here too. You can use the green creme de menthe if that's what you have on hand, but it will change the color of the drink.
- Half and half or whole milk - No need for heavy cream here, but don't go lower in milk fat than whole milk and do not use non dairy milk in this drink.
- Cold coffee - Either dark cold brew or brewed coffee that's been chilled will work well in this drink.
- White chocolate liqueur - Choose your favorite brand for this one. Both Godiva and Mozart brands make good options.
- Coffee liqueur - This enhances the coffee flavor in the drink. Choose your favorite brand. I like Kahlúa.
- Chocolate bitters - Bitters tones down the overall sweetness of the drink while adding depth to the chocolate flavor.
- Chocolate syrup - This is for garnish only. Feel free to skip it if you don't want to have a fun drizzle around the outside of the glass.
How to Make a Peppermint Mocha Martini
Prepare your glass
Drizzle a circle of chocolate syrup around the inside top of your martini glass.
Holding your glass upright, give the glass a gentle spin using its stem to help the chocolate syrup slide down the inside of the glass.
Make your cocktail
Place all ingredients, except the chocolate syrup, in a cocktail shaker with some ice.
Shake it up!
Strain into your prepared martini glass.
Frequently Asked Questions
We drink strong, dark roast coffee in our house and I find that using the leftover coffee from breakfast works great in this drink. If the idea of using leftover coffee makes you queasy, cold brew some coffee in your refrigerator ahead of making this drink.
I buy mine online or in my local liquor store. If you can't find chocolate bitters, you can leave them out. I love what they add to the cocktail, but it's still a delicious drink without the bitters.