Pumpkin spice lattes are great and all, but with red cup season finally here, one Starbucks drink rises to rule them all: the peppermint mocha. While the peppermint mocha is available year-round, there's just something about drinking it in a red cup that makes it seem special. Not that you need a red cup, of course. In fact, I’d argue that there’s one thing that makes this seasonal beverage even better — drinking it from your own mug at home.
Whether you’re looking to whip up the full peppermint mocha experience yourself, or you just want a minty creamer to give your coffee a festive kick, these 10 recipes have got you covered. Forget pumpkin. The peppermint mocha is guaranteed to be a hit every time.
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Mocha Mint Frappe
For a frosty treat, this mocha mint frappe by A Beautiful Mess makes for a chilly change of pace.
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Peppermint Mocha Frappe
Coconut milk gives Minimalist Baker’s peppermint mocha frappe a surprisingly satisfying creaminess.
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Naturally Sweet Peppermint Mocha
A touch of honey makes Gluten Free Fix’s peppermint mocha a perfectly natural sweet treat.
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Healthy Peppermint Mocha
Dessert With Benefits’ peppermint mocha is low-fat and sugar-free — and still 100 percent delicious.
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Peppermint Mocha Latte
The best way to top off Don’t Waste the Crumbs’ sweet peppermint mocha latte? Lots and lots of whipped cream.
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White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha
White chocolate switches things up in Baked Bree’s tasty, nontraditional recipe.
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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
If you love chocolate and peppermint but aren’t too keen on coffee, Averie Cooks’ peppermint hot chocolate will keep you from missing out on all the festivity.
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Classic Peppermint Mocha Creamer
With simple ingredients and full flavor, Alaska From Scratch’s classic coffee creamer is a no-fail choice.
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Quick Peppermint Mocha Creamer
When you’re in a rush and need an extra dose of sweetness, 52 Kitchen Adventures’ easy peppermint mocha creamer does just the trick.
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Homemade Peppermint Mocha
You can’t go wrong with The Kitchn’s basic homemade peppermint mocha. It's a classic for a reason.
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