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Cheery Peppermint Mocha Martini

on November 17, 2021
last updated April 4, 2024
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This Cheery Peppermint Mocha Martini is simultaneously rich and decadent, and minty fresh. The best way to ring in the Holidays!
close up of martini glass with candy cane and chocolate martini

Looking for that perfect Christmas cocktail to ring in the Holidays? This Cheery Peppermint Mocha Martini is decadent and festive in both appearance and flavor.

The use of Baileys here gives it a distinct creamy flavor, amplified by the chocolate liqueur and then freshened up with a dash of Peppermint Schnapps and candy cane garnish.

peppermint mocha martini in front of christmas decor incliuding greenery and star lights

Peppermint Mocha Martini Ingredients

Just a few ingredients get you a lot of flavor in the decadent dessert cocktail! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Chocolate liqueur. I used Godiva, but any brand will do!
  • Baileys Espresso Creme. You can also use Baileys Almande or Original Irish Cream, but the extra coffee flavor in the Espresso Creme makes it more a true “mocha”.
  • Peppermint Schnapps. To get that minty flavor.
  • Chocolate syrup (optional). To decorate your glass and add extra chocolatey goodness.
  • Candy cane (optional). For garnish and to add a little extra peppermint flavor as it soaks.
Baileys Irish Cream, Chocolate Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, chocolate syrup, and candy canes
Note: Baileys Espresso Creme is preferred for that Mocha flavor, but any Baileys works for a super tasty drink!

Peppermint Mocha Martini Tips and Tricks

Crush Your Candy Cane

This is for the rim! You’ll crush one of your candy canes up and leave the second intact for garnish.

I used a mortar and pestle, but you can also opt to put your candy cane in a storage bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.

Green tip: Reduce your plastic waste by using these Reusable Storage Bags!

The candy cane rim is optional but encouraged for a festive and minty fresh martini.

using a pestal and mortar to crush candy canes

Add Your Chocolate Syrup

I like to use my finger to wet the rim of the glass with chocolate syrup. You can then easily dip your glass into the crushed candy cane and be left with your candy cane rim.

Adding a little chocolate syrup to the inside of the glass is also encouraged to kick up the chocolate flavor.

using finger to wet rim of martini glass with chocolate syrup

Cool it Down

Pour the Baileys, Chocolate Liqueur, and Peppermint Schnapps over ice. It’s best to use a cocktail mixing glass or cocktail shaker so you can easily integrate your ingredients.

This martini is best when chilled by mixing it with ice rather than serving over ice. You really want a super smooth finish.

pouring chocolate liqueur into cocktail mixing glass with ice with christmas decor

Mix it Up!

Whether you’re using a cocktail mixer or cocktail shaker, make sure to stir (or shake!) well.

Stirring will help you get a smooth, creamy finish. It aerates the drink and gives it a little more volume.

mixing a creamy chocolatey cocktail in a cocktail mixing glass

Serve it Cold

Of course, you will get a nice chill from mixing or shaking with ice, but if you want to savor your cocktail and keep it colder longer, you have two tricks up your sleeve.

You can either store your peppermint schnapps in the freezer or you can stick your martini glass in the freezer about 30 minutes before making your cocktail.

pouring peppermint mocha martini into a martini glass garnished with candy cane and chocolate syrup

Tested Substitutions

About the candy cane. Sure, it’s a super cute garnish. That’s a given. But, adding the candy cane to your cocktail as pictured will actually allow it to dissolve into the drink and make it a bit more pepperminty.

If you don’t have a candy cane on hand or choose not to include one in your cocktail, you can add an extra 1/2 ounce of Peppermint Schnapps.

This will make up for that little bit of extra peppermint the candy cane adds.

If you don’t have chocolate syrup, you can use melted chocolate or just omit it.

This recipe was developed with Baileys Espresso Creme but has also been tested with Bailey’s Almande and Baileys Original Irish Cream. They’re all absolutely delicious, but the Espresso Creme is what gives it that “mocha” taste.

I used Godiva for my chocolate liqueur.

Hand reaching in to grab a Christmas themed martini

Peppermint Mocha Martini Frequently Asked Questions

What is a chocolate martini made of?

A chocolate martini is equal parts vodka, chocolate liqueur, and Baileys Irish Cream. This Peppermint Mocha Martini is a riff on this, with peppermint schnapps instead of vodka and Baileys Espresso Creme instead of Original Baileys Irish Cream.

Can you use peppermint in cocktails?

In most cocktails that call for fresh mint, spearmint is preferred, as too much peppermint can sometimes be overwhelming. In this Peppermint Mocha Martini, while fresh peppermint can be used, it’s generally not quite strong enough to hold its own against the Chocolate Liqueur and Baileys.

So instead, we use Peppermint Schnapps so that the peppermint flavor really shines through.

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Why You Should Make This Peppermint Mocha Martini

  • It’s festive. Between the seasonal flavors and cheery candy cane, this cocktail will make you feel holiday-ready.
  • It’s decadent. The creamy Baileys and chocolate liqueur combo is dynamite.
  • It’s refreshing. The peppermint in this dessert martini gives the otherwise creamy drink a fresh taste.

If you’re loving this Cheery Peppermint Mocha Martini and want more festive cocktails, check out this Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo and Gin and Cranberry Christmas Cocktail.

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Cheery Peppermint Mocha Martini

5 from 3 votes
Marley Goldin
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This Cheery Peppermint Mocha Martini is simultaneously rich and decadent, and minty fresh. The best way to ring in the Holidays!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail


  • ½ cup ice
  • 3 ounces chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces Baileys Espresso Creme
  • 1 ounce Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup (optional)
  • 2 mini candy canes (optional)
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  • In a cocktail mixing glass or shaker, add ice, Chocolate Liqueur, Baileys, and Peppermint Schnapps and mix well.
  • Crush 1 candy cane and use your finger to wet the rim of your glass with chocolate syrup. Dip the rim of the glass into the crushed candy cane, and add a little more chocolate syrup to the inside of the glass (optional).
  • Strain your cocktail into the garnished martini glass, hook your second candy cane to the rim of the edge, allowing it to soak in the cocktail, and serve cold.

Pro Tips

  • The candy cane garnish will dissolve into your martini and give it an extra kick of peppermint. If you are opting not to add the candy cane, add an extra 1/2 ounce of Peppermint Schnapps.
  • To keep your drink chilled longer, consider putting your glass in the freezer 30 minutes prior to making this cocktail.
  • Still thirsty? Check out this awesome collection of my best cocktail recipes!
  • For a truly next-level Christmas cocktail, add a little bit of this Peppermint Whipped Cream on top!

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Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Chocolate Martini, Easy, Holidays, Peppermint, Quick
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