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Try the Peppermint Patty drink: a genius combination of hot chocolate, mint and chocolate liqueurs! This cozy mug has your name on it.

Peppermint Patty Drink
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Here’s a warm and cozy mug you won’t be able to stop sipping: the Peppermint Patty drink! This hot chocolate is spiked with not one but two liqueurs, adding both mint and chocolate flavors to the rich body of this drink. It’s stellar with homemade hot chocolate, but you can also make it with purchased hot cocoa mix. The amount of cozy flavor here is unreal. It’s ideal as a holiday drink, Christmas cocktail, or anytime you need a warm pick-me-up!

What is the Peppermint Patty drink?

The Peppermint Patty drink (Hot Peppermint Patty) is hot chocolate spiked with both mint and chocolate liqueur. The way the liqueurs layer flavors within the rich chocolate make it indeed taste like the candy of the same name!

The history of this drink recipe is murky, but here’s what we do know: it was referenced in a 2015 episode of the cartoon Archer, where Archer enjoys a thermos of the stuff and says, “I call it a Peppermint Patty!” While many people claim Archer invented the drink, other sources claim it’s been around since much before then. (Got any hints? Let us know in the comments below!) Here’s what you’ll need for a Peppermint Patty drink:

  • Hot chocolate (homemade is best)
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Peppermint schnapps
Peppermint Patty Drink

Notes on mint liqueurs

The Archer definition of this drink also includes Creme de Menthe, another mint liqueur. To keep it simple, we’ve adapted our version of the Peppermint Patty drink to only use one peppermint liqueur: the schnapps! Here are a few things to note on both:

  • Peppermint schnapps is a clear alcohol made by adding peppermint flavoring to a clear grain spirit. The flavor is like a candy cane, with a spicy, boozy finish. The strength tastes almost like mouthwash! It is very inexpensive: a 750 ml bottle costs $8 to $10.
  • White Creme de Menthe is another mint liqueur that’s slightly harder to find. It has a gentler, more balanced mint flavor and is used in other cocktails like the Stinger. If you’d like, you can use a hint of Creme de Menthe too. Just make sure not to use green Creme de Menthe, which makes the signature green color in a Grasshopper! It would muddy the colors in this drink.

Important: 100 proof schnapps

There are a few types of peppermint schnapps that you’ll find at stores and online: 30 proof (15% ABV), 60 proof (30% ABV), and 100 proof (50% ABV). As you might guess, 100 proof is very strong. If the bottle says 100 proof, skip the quantity in the recipe and add it to taste!

Peppermint Schnapps

More about Creme de Cacao

Creme de cacao is the chocolate liqueur that gives the Peppermint Patty drink it’s signature rich flavor! It’s used in other Creme de Cacao drinks like the Brandy Alexander and Chocolate Martini. Here’s what to know about this liqueur:

  • Creme de cacao is a chocolate liqueur, available in both white (clear) and dark varieties. It’s possibly one of the first alcoholic beverages, made in the 1600’s by monks after cocoa beans were brought back to Europe from America (source).
  • What does it taste like? White creme de cacao tastes like milk chocolate with notes of vanilla. Dark creme de cacao tastes richer with dark chocolate notes. You can use either in this drink, but we used white.
  • How much does it cost? It costs between $10 to $20 for a 750 ml bottle.
Creme de cacao

Use homemade hot chocolate (or a shortcut)

This Peppermint Patty drink is at it’s best when you make it with homemade hot chocolate! But of course, you can substitute the store-bought mix as well. Here are some options for recipes and a few notes on using the mix:

Peppermint Patty Drink

Make it dairy free or vegan

Want to make this a dairy free or vegan Peppermint Patty drink? All you have to do is use Vegan Hot Chocolate and Vegan Whipped Cream. This version turns out just as good (in our opinion, at least!).

Garnishes for the Peppermint Patty drink

Want to take this Peppermint Patty drink over the top? Top it with a few garnishes! Here are some ideas:

  • Whipped cream: classic or dairy-free
  • Crushed peppermint candies
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Fresh mint sprig
  • Candy cane to use as a stir stick

More peppermint cocktails

Love peppermint? Looking for a holiday drink or Christmas cocktail? Here are a few more cocktails starring peppermint:

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Peppermint Patty Drink

Peppermint Patty Drink

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Try the Peppermint Patty drink: a genius combination of hot chocolate, mint and chocolate liqueurs! This cozy mug has your name on it.


  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) hot chocolate*
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) Creme de Cacao
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) 30 proof or 60 proof** peppermint schnapps
  • For the garnish: Whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies (optional)


  1. Make the homemade hot chocolate (or make it using purchased cocoa mix*).
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a mug. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies, if desired.


*Try this with homemade hot chocolate, healthy hot chocolate or vegan hot chocolate. If using purchased hot chocolate mix, you may want to use whole milk or stir in a bit of half and half or cream to add richness.

**Check the bottle before you make this drink! If using 100 proof (50% ABV) schnapps, skip the 1 ½ ounces and just add a drizzle to taste.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Bob says:

    I worked at a restaurant chain in the 70’s and 80’s called the Magic Pan that served this drink and called it a Peppermint Patty. It was just hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps topped with whipped cream.

  2. Michael Greenwood says:

    The peppermint patty I knew for years was well before Archer, but was just hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. I will admit though, that I added creme de cacao after I saw that episode, and never looked back.

  3. MICHELE DEMOE says:

    The peppermint Patty has been around for, at least, 40 years. The 1st time that I had it was 1983, in a bar of a Chinese restaurant, in Portland Oregon. I believe that it had been their traditional holiday drink for years,at that time. I haven’t seen it as a special anywhere, or a bartender who knows the recipe since. I have been looking for it because it is amazingly delicious!