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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheery Peppermint Mocha MartiniPRINT PIN RATE
- 1/2 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)
- 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.
- 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.