It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and also the time when peppermint and chocolate appear on menus everywhere! I drink more peppermint chip milkshakes and lattes this time of year than I can count. As we are entering our busy season here at Cocktails From Home, we want to make sure that everyone’s holiday party has the most delicious and festive flavors. The Peppermint Mochatini (or Mocha Martini) is just that: it takes all the delicious flavors of those milkshakes and lattes that we’re familiar with and adds a nice little kick.
Our recipe calls for Half & Half, and during our virtual happy hours we make sure to give everyone the option of using whatever milk or milk substitute they prefer. If you usually add almond milk to your coffee, then almond milk will be a great choice to add to this cocktail. In terms of non-dairy options, oatmilk has a creamier consistency as well. For those who can drink dairy, you may add a little extra body by using heavy cream.
For our recipe, we’ll be using a small amount of bitter dark chocolate syrup to give that hint of cocoa in the background. The cooling chill of peppermint is the main flavor of this cocktail, so we use a little more of that to get the right ratio. Your favorite vodka will round out the recipe! I don’t often experiment with flavored vodkas, preferring to flavor them myself, but it would be hard to turn down a peppermint vodka here. I think it could add just the right kind of Chris-kringle-kick. Let us know if this works for you!
To top off this lovely holiday recipe, top it off with whipped cream! You can make whipped cream directly in your cocktail shaker with just heavy cream and simple syrup: if you take the spring off your hawthorne strainer and toss it into your shaker with the cream and simple and shake vigorously for about 60 seconds, you will have the fluffiest, creamiest whipped cream ever! We don’t need to whip the cream that hard for this recipe, but that’s a little secret for other times, when you just gotta have a quick homemade whipped cream.
PEPPERMINT MOCHATINI RECIPE
1.5 oz Vodka
0.75 oz Half & Half
0.75 oz Peppermint Syrup
0.25 oz Chocolate Bitters
Let us know how this recipe turns out for you. Follow and tag us on Instagram and show us your beautiful Peppermint Mochatini! Wherever you are enjoying your holidays this year, we are wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful, fun, and safe holiday season from Cocktails From Home.