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Peppermint schnapps is a clear spirit that tastes like liquid candy! Here’s more about it and the best drinks to use it in.

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It’s clear, it’s aggressively strong, and it tastes like a liquid candy cane: it’s Peppermint Schnapps! This minty distilled spirit is popular in the US around the holidays, taken as shots or mixed in creamy, sweet cocktails. Is it worth adding to your collection? Yes, in our opinion! Here’s more about this tasty spirit and the best ways to mix it into drinks.

What is peppermint schnapps?

Peppermint schnapps is a distilled spirit made by adding peppermint flavoring to a clear grain spirit. It tastes like a liquid candy cane, with an astringent, almost mouthwash-like finish. Most sources believe the original version originated in Germany (in German the term Schnaps means a strong alcoholic beverage). It’s often drunk in the US in the winter, and features in many holiday drinks.

Peppermint schnapps is sold by many brands and varies in quality. A popular inexpensive brand is DeKupyer, but you can find a higher quality version of this spirit with Rumple Minze or Dr. McGillicuddy’s Mint Schnapps.

What does peppermint schnapps taste like?

Peppermint schnapps tastes like liquid peppermint candy, with an astringent bite on the finish. It’s aggressively strong, and tastes best when mixed into drinks (though it’s also popular as a shot). Contrast it to white Creme de Menthe, a mint liqueur that has a smoother, more refined flavor.

How much alcohol is in peppermint schnapps? Peppermint schnapps is sold in three different ABV levels: 15% ABV (30 proof), 30% ABV (60 proof), and 50% ABV (100 proof).

Are there any substitutes? White Creme de Menthe is the best substitute: it has a smoother mint flavor with a more mellow finish. Make sure not to use green Creme de Menthe as a substitute in cocktail recipes, since its color will affect the overall visual effect of the drink.

Why we like it

Peppermint schnapps isn’t refined, but we love it for its nostalgic minty flavor! It’s fun to mix into holiday drinks: it makes a killer Peppermint Martini or Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate.

How much does it cost?

Compared to other liquors, peppermint schnapps is inexpensive. A 750 ml bottle costs about $10.

Best Peppermint Schnapps drinks

Use this minty distilled spirit in mixed drinks that are creamy and sweet, especially around the holidays! Here are some of the best peppermint schnapps drinks:

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Peppermint schnapps drinks

Peppermint Schnapps Drinks: Martini & More!

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


The Peppermint Schnapps Martini is creamy and minty fresh: the ideal winter cocktail! Step it up and rim the glass in peppermint candies.


  • 1 ounce* peppermint schnapps
  • ½ ounce vodka
  • 1 ½ ounces Creme de Cacao
  • 1 ½ ounces heavy cream
  • Peppermint candies and grenadine, for the rim (optional)


  1. Prepare the rim: Crush the peppermint candies and place them in an even layer on a plate. On another plate, add a small pool of grenadine, or simply wet the rim of the glass with water using your finger (grenadine is easiest and works best). Run the rim of a martini glass in the grenadine first, rotating the glass so the rim is evenly coated. Then roll the rim in the crushed candies until evenly coated.
  2. Shake the drink: Place the peppermint schnapps, vodka, Creme de Cacao, and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake until cold. Strain the drink into the prepared martini glass.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

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

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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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Tom Saroch says:

    Have not yet tried any type of drink with peppermint schnapps. However, sipping it over ice is fantastic. The taste is out of this world.

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!