Peppermint schnapps hot chocolate is rich, creamy and delightfully minty! It’s the ideal cocktail for chilly weather.

Peppermint Schnapps hot chocolate

Need a stunning hot drink for winter entertaining? Try Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate! It’s rich and chocolaty, with just the right smoothness from the cool mint finish. Peppermint schnapps is a holiday tradition in our family, and it’s just right for adding to this creamy drink. Even better: ditch the pre-packaged mix for homemade hot chocolate you can make in 5 minutes on the stove.

Ingredients in peppermint schnapps hot chocolate

Mint and chocolate go hand in hand: the bitter richness is ideal with a hint of fresh peppermint. So there’s no better way to combine them for winter than peppermint schnapps hot chocolate! You’ll start with the base of our Homemade Hot Chocolate, then add a hint of schnapps. This stuff is potent, so don’t be too heavy handed! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cocoa powder
  • 2% milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • Peppermint schnapps
Peppermint Schnapps

About peppermint schnapps, and a substitute

Peppermint schnapps is a clear alcohol made by adding peppermint flavoring to a clear grain spirit. It tastes like a candy cane, with a spicy, boozy finish. This type of schnapps is usually consumed in the winter during the holiday season, but of course you can add it to cocktails in any season!

  • What ABV is peppermint schnapps? It is 15% ABV, which is similar to other liqueurs. Compare it to 40% ABV of hard alcohol like whiskey, gin, tequila, and rum.
  • How much does it cost? Peppermint schnapps is very inexpensive: a 750 ml bottle costs $8 to $10.
  • Are there any substitutes? White creme de menthe can work as a substitute: it has a gentler, more balanced mint flavor. Just make sure not to get the green Creme de Menthe (which makes the signature green color in a Grasshopper)!

How to make peppermint schnapps hot chocolate: a few tips!

Once you’ve got your ingredients, this peppermint schnapps hot chocolate is a breeze to make! Here are a few tips:

  • Multiply the recipe as needed for a crowd. The recipe below makes two 1-cup servings, so multiply as desired!
  • Substitute 2 cups hot chocolate mix. It’s not nearly as good, but it works in a pinch.
  • Top with whipped cream…and peppermint candies if desired. If you want to go over the top Christmas-themed, top this drink with crushed peppermint candies. And maybe a peppermint stir stick?
Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate

More spiked hot chooclate

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Peppermint Schnapps hot chocolate

Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Peppermint schnapps hot chocolate is rich, creamy and delightfully minty! It’s the ideal cocktail for chilly weather.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • ¼ cup (1 ½ ounces) semisweet or dark chocolate chips*
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) peppermint schnapps
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and ¼ cup of the milk and whisk until the cocoa powder is mostly integrated. Whisk in the remaining milk until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and heat over medium heat until the chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Do not boil.
  2. Stir in the peppermint schnapps. Serve immediately, garnished with whipped cream.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Peppermint schnapps hot chocolate

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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