Snowy Day Peppermint Mocha

It’s a snow day here for me in New England!

Last night after dinner, my husband got a call that his office was closed but I hadn’t. I went to bed rather bummed, but in the back of my mind, I knew there was no way I could be going to work tomorrow.

I got a call early this morning that my office is closed too. Three day weekend? I’ll take it!

I woke up with a craving for Starbucks and proceeded to wonder if Starbucks would be open today. But there’s just no way I can venture out of my house on a day like today, so I decided to make my own.

Snowy Day Peppermint Mocha

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I call this snowy day peppermint mocha because is there really anything better than a peppermint mocha on a crisp winter day when those big flaky snow flakes are falling so serenely? Have I got you in the winter wonder land trance yet? It’s just the most ideal drink for a snowy day :)

And I may be a little sad that Christmas is over. Peppermint is my all-time favorite Christmas/holiday scent & flavor, so this drink helps me mourn the Christmas past.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I use almond milk)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract*
  • 1/4 tsp. cocoa powder (I used special dark chocolate Hershey’s)
  • sweetened coffee creamer of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups of brewed coffee

Directions: 

1. Brew your coffee of choice. I used peppermint bark coffee to give it an even more pepperminty flavor. No shortage of peppermint here!

Peppermint galore

I found the coffee at TJ Maxx and the peppermint extract is from Trader Joe’s. It is by far the best extract I’ve ever had – so strong!

2. Add milk, peppermint extract, and cocoa powder together in a small pot. Bring to just below a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the cocoa powder.

Making the milk mixture

I also added a dash of coffee creamer (Coffee Mate Pure Bliss in Vanilla) for a little extra sweetness since the cocoa powder is bitter. I don’t like my coffee particularly sweet though, so if you would like it sweeter, add some raw honey to your liking.

3. Froth the milk mixture in the blender or with a milk frother (I really need to buy one of these someday).

4. Pour the milk mixture and brewed coffee in a mug at the same time to mix well without stirring.

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And enjoy!

* Note about peppermint extract: I used 1/4 of a tsp. and it is very pepperminty. I like it that way, but if you would prefer just a hint of mint, use 1/8 tsp.

Now I’ll be enjoying the rest of my snow day snuggling this little guy :)

Snuggly Beans

If you’re snowed in too, stay warm & safe!

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Comments

  1. Yum!! A peppermint mocha is EXACTLY what I need right now. Looks delicious. :)
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  2. I looooove peppermint mochas! YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing lovely!
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  3. Sounds cozy! Stay warm!!!

  4. Love peppermint mocca!
    xx
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  5. Enjoy your long weekend with your husband! I’m not a coffee lover, but I know you are so enjoy the peppermint drink! :)
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  6. Yum!! Sounds so comforting on a cold day. Enjoy your 3-day weekend!
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  7. My 3 nieces left Milwaukee today for a three day weekend in NYC -brrr. Enjoy your coffee. This recipe looks delicious. I have to try it for myself.

  8. Melissa, hope you’re staying warm and are enjoying a few relaxing moments with the snow storm in effect.
    Your “drink” sounds delicious.
    I’m just wondering what photo program do you use to add the texts and special effects to your pix.
    Thanks.
    Many relief-blessings to you in 2014!
    Joan

    • Thanks, Joan! Great question! I use PicMonkey. It’s a (mostly) free online photo editor. You use it entirely online, without downloading a program. It’s been the best tool for my blog. There are some paid features, which I have added & they are also worth the price. But I used the free version for a year & was totally happy too. Best wishes to you in 2014, Joan!

  9. We had the biggest snow flakes I’ve ever seen yesterday afternoon! It started snowing here around 2 PM, but had pretty much stopped by 9 PM. I took a short walk around my house taking pictures after the snow stopped and it was so serene.

    I made hot chocolate this morning. It’s the perfect day for it. Beans looks like quite the snuggle bug!

  10. I’m so jealous of people and their snow days! Back when I lived in Florida, we used to have hurricane days which are definitely not as fun.

    Hope you stay safe and warm this weekend!

    • I’ve actually had a few hurricane days up here in Boston too, which I never realized I would experience. Not fun at all! Have a good weekend, Stacie :)

  11. Hi! I found you on the SITSgirls Saturday Sharefest. We’re expecting 8-14 inches where I live tomorrow on top of the 7 inches we got on Thursday. I think I have just enough cocoa powder left in my cabinet to give this peppermint mocha recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. It has certainly been FREEZING and snowy here in NY!!! We got a ton of snow and it’s been in the negatives! Your peppermint mocha looks amazing… I am a huge fan of peppermint this time of year too — and peppermint mochas are my fave–all you needed was a red cup ;) I’ll have to try this DIY version ASAP!
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  13. This looks SO good. Popping over from SITSSHAREFEST and I just pinned your post, too. YUM! #coffeecheers
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  14. I am definitely trying this!! Pinning! So glad I saw this on SITSSharefest this morning!
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  15. Stopping by from SITS Sharefest. This looks yummy and perfect for a wintery, snowy day.
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  16. This sounds amazing! And perfect for this time of year when the high is -10 degrees tomorrow!
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  17. mmm… this sounds divine!
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