Easy, creamy and oh so tasty! This adult version of hot cocoa is perfect for a cozy evening at home.

Naughty Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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Naughty Peppermint Hot Cocoa

When to serve peppermint hot cocoa

Who doesn’t love hot cocoa? It’s a great, chilly evening, winter time beverage! Add some peppermint schnapps to it for a fun adult friendly version that’s perfect for chilly evenings at home. This peppermint hot cocoa recipe is super simple to make from scratch, from the simple syrup to the actual hot cocoa itself.

What to Serve with peppermint hot cocoa

These are best served as soon as they’re made, as it doesn’t reheat well.

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How to make

You’re going to make your simple syrup first. While this doesn’t go in the drink, it’s what keeps the crushed peppermints on the mug. This makes the drinks so cute! But if you aren’t going to decorate your peppermint hot cocoa, you can skip this step.

After you’ve done that, you’re going to whip up the peppermint hot cocoa. You aren’t going to let the milk simmer. You’re just heating it up enough so it combines all of the ingredients, dissolves the sugar and warms it all up. No cold hot cocoa here! You can use whatever milk you’d like, although the more fat in the milk, the creamier your hot cocoa is.


Where to get the ingredients

You can get most of these from your local grocery store, assuming yours sells liquor. We’ve lived in some states that won’t sell them in grocery stores and only allow them in liquor stores. The adorable Rae Dunn mug is from TJ Maxx.  And how cute are these Rae Dunn Christmas plates?! I love how fun her line is. Check out Sweet Mint for more adorable Christmas mugs. I have so many from this store!

Naughty Peppermint Hot Cocoa

An easy to make, adult friendly hot cocoa.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar

Hot Cocoa

  • 3 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 3 oz Chocolate Liqueur
  • 5 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint


Simple Syrup

  • Add sugar and water to small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Allow to cool, the pour into glass jar. Refrigerate for up to a month.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

  • Dip the rims of the mugs into the simple syrup and then into the crushed candy canes.
  • Set the mugs to the side.
  • Add milk, cocoa and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir until cocoa and sugar are dissolved, and the mixture is warm.
  • Remove from the heat, do not let it simmer.
  • Add peppermint schnapps & chocolate liqueur.
  • Pour into mugs. Garnish with whipped cream, and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Enjoy!
Keyword dessert, hot chocolate, hot cocoa

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