10 Peppermint Mocha Hacks To Make Your Red Cup Holiday Drink Even More Incredible

If the pumpkin spice latte is the official drink of autumn, then there is no drink that defines winter more than Starbucks' peppermint mocha. Just sipping on one from a seasonal red cup evokes images of snowfall, sleigh rides, and holiday cheer. Whether you drink it hot or cold, there's just something so deliciously satisfying about a refreshing dose of minty chocolate, any time of year. And with a little experimentation, you can make your peppermint mocha even more delicious (seriously).

We're all about customizing your Starbucks order to make it the best drink ever, so we've figured out the tweaks and tricks that will make your peppermint mocha out-of-this-world good. With a couple changes and additions, the drink takes on a completely different, yet delicious, taste. This red cup seasonal delicacy has the potential to be even more incredible.

Whether you go for an extra flavor shot, or completely mix up your drink with other add-ins, the peppermint and chocolate flavors are going to be crowd pleasers every single time. Who says you've got to stick to what's on the menu? Experiment, get creative, and try these 10 peppermint mocha hacks for a life-changing seasonal beverage experience. So long, pumpkin spice latte. It’s time for the peppermint mocha to shine.

1. ADD A PUMP OF CARAMEL

Caramel and chocolate are one of the sweetest combos out there, so it makes sense to add some caramel-y goodness to any mocha. The flavor blends surprisingly well with minty amazingness. Total bliss.

2. DROP IN A CANDY CANE

Starbucks may not come equipped with candy canes, but you can always put one in your bag for seasonal stirring. Honestly, it just seems like a natural fit.

3. GET FROSTY

The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn't mean that a Frappuccino can't offer a pleasant change of pace. If you're not into the milkshake consistency, try ordering your peppermint mocha iced.

4. SWIRL IN JAVA CHIPS

If you do opt to drink your peppermint mocha as a Frappuccino, ask your barista to stir in java chips for extra chocolatey flavor and texture.

5. PUMP IN SOME VANILLA

If you really need the extra sweetness, a pump of vanilla adds dimension to the chocolate-based drink.

6. FORGET THE COFFEE

A mocha isn't the only way to get your hands on a peppermint drink. Starbucks also offers a peppermint hot chocolate, if you need a break from coffee.

7. TRY A MATCHA MIX

If you're really trying to shake things up, add a pump of peppermint and chocolate syrup to a green tea latte. You'll feel like you're drinking a frosty Girl Scout cookie.

8. SALT IT UP

It is a known fact that any salted drink becomes instantly gourmet. You know what to do.

9. TEST OUT WHITE CHOCOLATE

Starbucks also offers white chocolate peppermint mochas if you want a sweet switch. Don't shy away from other menu options.

10. STRIP IT DOWN

If you're not into the crazy creamy consistency of the peppermint mocha, keep things simple. Add a shot of peppermint syrup and chocolate to your regular cup of Joe.

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